Monday, December 12, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/12-Dec-16: Oops, neglected to notice that tonight's main course needed to marinate a while. So tonight's dinner was tomorrow's plan. That was Broccoli, White Bean, and Cheddar Soup, one that I got from EAT-L quite a while ago. For starters, I used some of my frozen artichoke bottoms, topped with a green tapenade and little goat cheese, under the grill. Good stuff. Then the soup, which was easy, a bit thick and good with a slog of hot sauce. Then some bits of tourteau fromagé that I got on sale last week. Rest of soup into the freezer.

Tuesday/13-Dec-16: Dinner was very tasty. The main was a halfish recipe of Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma (web), made with skinless, but not boneless, thighs. Cooked them atop thick slices of red onion, rather than quarters. Really tasty. Served with couscous, rehydrated in chicken stock and topped with the roasted onion slices. I made a salad very loosely based on Shalada Braniya (Moroccan Eggplant Salad) (web). I cut the eggplant into fingers, tossed with a tiny bit of oil and a Moroccan spice mix, then broiled. Unfortunately, I let the second side go a bit too long, so had to cut off some burnt bits. But it was tasty. No dessert for me, since I had lunch out today. A mini Magnum for Ed.

Wednesday/14-Dec-16: Rushed this morning to finish the meal plan and list, then shopping today.

Used the last of the Thanksgiving cranberries to make some Quick and Easy Cranberry Jam (web). We'll see how this tomorrow.

Dinner was Tamarind Fish (web). This was pretty good, although the tamarind taste was pretty muted. I wonder if it should be 1 tablespoon, rather than 1 teaspoon? Made a lot. As recommended, served with Bok Choy in Coconut Milk (web). What I had was chard rather than bok choy, but they're the same family and look rather alike, so I made do, bok choy not being often found at Leclerc. This was a really good taste combination. The two dishes together were more than we could eat. Store-bought desserts, chestnut pudding.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/15-Dec-16: Dinner was Saag Chicken (web), which was good enough considering how easy it was. Served over rice. I finished the last of my Lime Pickle. Now I can get one out of the freezer to see if that helped soften the rind. Served over rice. For dessert, thee was Caramelized Cardamom Apples with Pistachio Cream (Q&E, p122). Good stuff.

Friday/16-Dec-16: Had a Groupon meal for lunch today. Indian it was. That makes three Indian dinners in a row. Good thing we Indian food.

Popcorn and a movie for dinner.

Saturday/17-Dec-16: Pizza after Ed's choir concert this evening. Nothing much happened in the kitchen today.

Sunday/18-Dec-16: Went to the Chassenon foire de noël today. Got a slice of a terrine of pigeanneau (squab, or baby pigeon) for a starter for our xmas dinner. Bought some filet mignons of daim (fallow deer), thinking about tweede kerstdag, but Ed wants that for xmas. Plan change. Actually, having a bit of a time getting inspired for cooking from the Time-Life Italian book, which I expected would be a really good one.

Lazy dinner. Beef slices in onion sauce from the freezer. Served with a whole lot of smashed potatoes, using up what was in the potato drawer, and some steamed broccoli.

Yogurt on overnight.
Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no; #5 FotW: no for November/December

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