Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tweede kerstdag 2017

Smoked Salmon Salad with Dill

Pork Loin Braised in Milk
Charlotte de Chou et de Pommes de Terre—Cabbage Charlotte

Italian Pear Almond Cake

A smaller meal for second xmas day than we had yesterday. We started with Smoked Salmon Salad with Dill (BEFCC, p35), which we've had before. It's still good and so easy to do.

For our main, there was Pork Loin Braised Milk (web). (Entirely coincidentally, the Italian Pear Almond Cake is from the same site, collected two years apart.) This was nice and made a delicious sauce.

As a go-with, I finally made Charlotte de Chou et de Pommes de Terre—Cabbage Charlotte (BEFCC, p41). I've had my eye on this recipe for a long time, but it wants a special occasion and a small charlotte mold to bring it off. I broke down and bought myself the mold recently. Isn't it cute?

This dish is kind of a fancy version of bubble and squeak; it's tasty, but you'd only go to this work for a special meal. I do like my little charlotte mold, though, and will have to find other things to do with it.

For dessert we finished off yesterday's Italian Pear Almond Cake, which lasted quite well. (Recipe says it doesn't keep.) This is supposed to serve eight. Those would be very delicate servings. Six would be better. We ate is as four servings. It's good.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner 2017

Seared Scallops with Mint, Peas, and Bacon

Bricked Game Hens
with Savoy Cabbage on Polenta Croûtes


Signé Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2014

Italian Pear Almond Cake

This is not our happiest holiday season. Beyond the interminably gray weather, which is not very cheery, we've lost two friends recently. We lit an extra candle on the table to remember Doug and Stevie, who was a good friend to my brother. I think we'll make this a tradition for our special meals, a candle as a small remembrance for those who were close but are now gone from our lives.

For a starter there was Seared Scallops with Mint, Peas, and Bacon (web). This is a pea sauce, topped with seared scallops then a garnish of peas, mint, and bacon (I used lardons). The serving sizes in the recipe are odd. For four people, the recipe asks for 12 scallops totaling 1-1/2 pounds. Now, I live right next door to the coast, so fairly well-supplied with seafood, and six scallops (for a half recipe) totaled 4-1/8 ounces, about a sixth of what was asked. Puzzling. With my six scallops, I made half the pea sauce. A very nice starter that is easy to make and very yummy.

We didn't make it to a marché de noël this year, so we didn't have any venison or other festive meat. Instead I made Bricked Game Hens with Savoy Cabbage on Polenta Croûtes (Polenta, p74). I cooked two coquelets, each about the size of a Cornish game hen, but we ate only one. (Ed used to easily eat a whole one, but we have leftovers for another night.) The cabbage was especially nice and easy, finely sliced, then sautéed with a bit of finely chopped shallot and chicken stock. When it's done-ish, stir in a spoonful of grainy mustard.

Then we finished the last little bit of Brillat-Savarin we had, on plain crackers.

The wine was, um, undistinguished, but we did manage to finish the bottle over the course of our meal. We both forgot to buy something nice at the shop this week, and our stash is almost empty so this was all that was available.

For dessert, there was Italian Pear Almond Cake (web) which was very tasty. This was supposed to serve eight, but the two of us finished off half. Oh well, supposedly it doesn't keep well, and I'd hate for it to go bad.

A nice meal altogether, accompanied only by Oscar, while Sophie slept upstairs.

This week in the kitchen

Monday/25-Dec-17: Our xmas meal got its own post.

Tuesday/26-Dec-17: Our tweede kerstdag meal got its own post.

Now we have lots of leftovers.

Wednesday/27-Dec-17: Leftovers with the bricks coquelets and the cabbage charlotte mold. Some ice cream bars for dessert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/28-Dec-17: Shopping today after Ed's early dentist appointment. This week there were more "exotic" foods, typical of the holiday season. Okra, even, if you like that. And the meat counter had lots of fancy birds, capons and regular chickens, each wrapped in a dish towel sort of thing, with tail feather, and feet, and sometimes heads showing. The better to choose what you want.

Our main meal was quite early, Roast Cod on Smoked Salmon and Cabbage Hash with Horseradish Butter (Raising, p40). Surprisingly tasty, this was. I cannot get a piece of cod to be nicely browned like that picture. It comes apart in big flakes. Still tastes good. The cabbage and smoked salmon and cod went together surprisingly well. I didn't see the bit about serving with plain mashed potatoes till it was too late, so served with bread.

Friday/29-Dec-17: Well, it was supposed to be fresh pasta today, but I didn't have the time, energy, or enthusiasm. Instead there was fresh (?), store-bought pasta from the freezer. We had Fettuccine al Limone (ClassPasta, p96), which was very good. And a big salad. Some mini ice cream bars for dessert.

Saturday/30-Dec-17: Make two lumps of Tart Dough (Tenth, p256; HandyBook), one for tomorrow's tart, one for the freezer. Make some polenta for tomorrow night's crostini. Our meal was leftover pork roast from tweede kerstdag and the rest of the cabbage-potato charlotte. We had ice cream at the movies.

Yogurt on overnight.

Sunday/31-Dec-17: Cath came to spend the night. For dinner we had Leek and Mustard Pie (Greens, p245; cookbooker) followed by a big salad and then some Three Kings' Cake (from a Chasseneuil boulangerie with a Harry Potter character as the fêve).

For munchies, I had way too much for three people. We nibbled on corn nuts before dinner, always a mistake. With South Pacific there was: more corn nuts Carrot sticks. Celery sticks. Grilled Polenta Crostini with Smoked Trout and Mascarpone (Polenta, p48) (used the smoked salmon left from Thursday instead of smoked trout). Didn't use: chaource, olives, artichokes with green tapenade and goat cheese. All those back in the fridge for future use.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, December 18, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/18-Dec-17: Soup for dinner. There was Mushroom-Barley Soup (MC) just for us. Good it was. And a bit of salad. And the last of the Mothais cheese. We've eaten well.

Tuesday/19-Dec-17: We're both feeling sorry because we wasted a sunny afternoon inside with a blah movie today.

Dinner was ravioli alla panna (they were Raviolis Gorgonzola+Jambon Cru) and salad. Mini ice cream bars for deesert.

Wednesday/20-Dec-17: Shopping today. You'd never know by Leclerc's selection that there was a holiday coming. In the past, the veggie area would be full of unusual vegetables and out-of-season fruits. Nice for a treat. There were some patridge in the meat cooler; I almost bought a pair but though better of it.

Roasted one and half red bell peppers from the fridge while getting dinner ready.

Dinner was Grilled Masala Salmon (MJ@Home, p46). It's easy and yummy. I made the recommended sides of Basmati Rice with Lentils (MJ@Home, p212) and South Indian-Style Green Beans (MJ@Home, p147). Have made all these before. Everything good.

There were some nice cheeses on sale from Nos Régions, so I got a bit of Brillat-Savarin and another of Chaource. I'm sure we'll manage to eat them before they expire. Neither are lait cru. We had a bit of the Brillat-Savarin for afters. Not the best ever, but not bad.

Thursday/21-Dec-17: Oscar off to the vet for surgery this morning. Yogurt on overday.

For our meal with had falafel (from the freezer) with garnishes suggeted by Falafel with Walnut Sauce and Garnishes (Savory, p274).  The Walnut Sauce with Fennel Seeds (Savory, p322) was quite tasty. Garnishes included sliced cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta, and strips of the roasted red bell peppers I made yesterday. In pitas. We were stuffed. It might have been better to just serve it all as a salad.

Friday/22-Dec-17: Our meal was a half recipe of Twisted Noodles and Olive Sauce (Savory, p162; cookbooker). Then a big salad full of goodies.

Prepped the pie crust for tomorrow's tart.

Saturday/23-Dec-17: Finished off Winter Squash Tart (Greens, p246) to take to Cath's for meal with Hannah and Jem. A very nice tart, fairly easy to make. Used Jones' crust from the freezer, rather than the one in the book. And a bowlful of plain salad to which we added some walnuts. Cath made dessert. All was yummy.

Sunday/24-Dec-17: Put up a few decorations today. Not feeling very jolly.

Our meal was a half recipe of Pork Chops with Thyme Pan Sauce (CL/nov15; web). Served with smash potatoes and sauerkraut. Pretty good, if rather beige, dinner.

Yogurt on overnight.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 5
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, December 11, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/11-Dec-17: Went to make lamb chops today and discovered that I forgot to remind myself to put them on to marinate. Oops. Put them on to marinate for tomorrow, so they'll have almost 24 hours rather than only 8 hours.

Instead we had Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese (web). Wasn't bad at all. Actually the recipe is quite similar to the my usual mac-and-cheese recipe, without the minced onions. Both have too much liquid. Otherwise very tasty. Don't know Panera.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/12-Dec-17: The marinated lamb turned into Grecian Lamb with Herbed Yogurt Sauce (CL92, p158). The lamb marinated a bit longer than the recipe intended, but it was good. Served with the last of the Moroccan couscous I got from the health food store and Fassolakia Freska—Green Beans with Onion and Tomato (Meze, p79; cookbooker)

Wednesday/13-Dec-17: Dinner out this evening. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/14-Dec-17: Doug's funeral today.

Dinner was Sarah's Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyros (web), made in the slow cooker. Served with flat breads (which I didn't bother to heat up, so they were a bit brittle), and chopped cuke, tomato, onion, and arugula.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/15-Dec-17: Soup for dinner, Pumpkin and Coconut Soup (SoupBible, p70). I made a full recipe. We ate all the solid bits and have quite a bit of flavorful broth in the freezer to use for something else. Not too hard to make, but took me a bit of time, especially for pounding the aromatics. Used raw frozen shrimp, not all that small. Used coconut milk and cream. Tasty and filling.

Saturday/16-Dec-17: Dinner out tonight. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Sunday/17-Dec-17: Stamppot with zuurkool and smoked sausages for our meal today. Simple and delicious.

Yogurt on overnight.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, December 4, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/4-Dec-17: For our meal we had chicken with a satay marinade from the freezer. Used skinless, boneless kip thighs rather than kip filets, marinated then broiled. Then there was Coconut Rice (30MinInd, p100). Made a major goof on this when I added the shallots and garlic from the green bean recipe instead of the spicy stuff for this one. Stirred the spicy stuff into the cooking rice when I realized and sliced more shallots and garlic. And a little salad, a half recipe of Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad (MaiPham, p46), which was good as before; no peanuts or fried shallots for garnish.  And there was a halfish recipe of Thai Stir-Fried Long Beans (MaiPham, p169) made with haricots verts and no kaffir lime leaves. Chocolate cookies for dessert.

Tuesday/5-Dec-17: Lunch with BookChatters today. Ed ate from the freezer.

Lexi, our possibly new dog, a hand-me-down from a neighbor going back to UK to work, came for a visit.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/6-Dec-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was a halfish recipe of Masala Fish Steak (MJ@Home, p48), with lieu noir, filets not steaks. Disappointing really. Other things from this book have been excellent. This was uninteresting. As suggested, served with Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash with Cumin (MJ@Home, p179). A half recipe with only zucchini, of course. This wasn't bad (Ed liked it a lot), but didn't really go with the fish dish. And some basmati rice with onions.

Thursday/7-Dec-17: For dinner, we had Craig Claiborne's Ultimate Hamburger (Tabasco, p88). These were really good, as before. Made up a little salad go-with, chunks of snijbonen (whatever is the English name of these?) with toasted walnuts, sesame seeds, slices of oven-dried tomatoes from the freezer, some gorgonzola, and lemon juice. Pretty good it was. Some store-bought custard (salted caramel) for dessert.

Friday/8-Dec-17: Oscar to the vet today for his shots. He got another cancer thing on his belly. Will have surgery next week.

Dinner was Prawns with Curry Saucy—Crevettes en Brochette à l'Indienne (BEFCC, p111). This was kind of so-so. Not sure how you serve sauce with shrimp on sticks. We managed, but it's not  that nice. Like most curried French dishes, the curry is pretty light, even though I used more than what was required for the half recipe I made. Served with a pilaf sort of thing and steamed broccoli. Store-bought custard for dessert. (Actually these weren't real custards, but yogurt-based. Maybe a new product line for La Fermière since they were on sale.

Saturday/9-Dec-17: Yogurt on overday.

Doug died this morning. We are heart-broken.

Quick dinner with sautéed slices of duck breast and a pan sauce of port and cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. Served with orzo and steamed broccoli. Mini ice cream bars for after.

Sunday/10-Dec-17: Off the week's meal plan with One-Pan Chicken Thighs with Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice (web) for our meal, with a bit of pretty bare salad. Lots of rice left over for something.

Meanwhile for Cath's vegetarian daughter, arriving today, I made Kaye's Veg and Feta Gratin (MC) with broccoli. I'd forgotten about this recipe, which I adapted from a Cooking Light recipe. It's easy and good. And then some Mushroom-Barley Soup (MC), made vegetarian with paddestoelen fond and no Worcestershire sauce.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, November 27, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/27-Nov-17: Made up Hunter-Style Pasta Sauce with Herbs, Pancetta, Tomato, and White Wine (MarCuc, p156; cookbooker), but didn't feel like I had time to make fresh pasta. That's in the fridge for tomorrow. Instead I made Scallops and Mushrooms, a recipe I got from an email list and can't find on the web. It was good enough, but nothing special. It was supposed to be served with farro, which I haven't found yet, or brown rice. I cooked the rice, but decided mushroom-flavored pasta might be better. Then a salad. We were full.

Tuesday/28-Nov-17: Made fresh pasta this morning before we were out doing errands. Reheated the pasta sauce I made yesterday, adding a bit of chicken stock to thin it. (It got thicker in the fridge overnight.) Then a salad. Then some yummy, but filling Paris Brests from the boulanger.

Wednesday/29-Nov-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Easy, Creamy One-Pot Salmon Chowder (web), a scrumpty-umptious soup and not at all hard to make. I used salmon and haddock for a mix of fish. I used lardons instead of salt pork or bacon. There was an interesting technique here, cooking the meat till done in just a bit of water, then adding the onion and celery. No hot sauce needed at serving time.

Also made a Cranberry-Cardamom Cake (EAT-L; web). Used 1-1/2 cups of brown sugar instead of 2 cups of white. Frozen cranberries, wiping out my stash. I'd expect that dried cranberries would work too, and walnuts might be nice. We made a serious dent.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/30-Nov-17: Lunch out with Cath today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Friday/1-Dec-17: For our meal today, we had Creamy Mustard Chicken (web). Inventory fail meant I didn't have whole spaghetti, so I used soba noodles instead. Made more or less all the sauce with two kip filets. Served with steams broccoli. Finished off the Cranberry-Cardamon Cake.

Saturday/2-Dec-17: Third haircut since Michael flaked out today. Too short in back, but we'll see how the rest goes.

Early meal of Thai Curry & Pork Sesame Noodles (web; cookbooker). Pretty good stuff. Used the tiny côte du porc (boneless pork chops) from the freezer and cooked them quickly on a grill pan. Then some éclairs speculoos from the boulangerie. Those were pretty good too.

Sunday/3-Dec-17: I had an urge for shrimp biryani, so that's what we had today. There was Shrimp Biryani (MJ@Home, p214), with Salaad (MJ@Home, p235) and Yogurt with Cucumber and Mint‐Kherre ka Raita (MJ1, p162). These are all recipes I've made before. Still yummy. Surprisingly I found fresh mint in the garden to use for the raita. I thought, with the cold and snow, that it would all be gone; usually there's none this late in the year. We had mini ice cream bars for dessert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: yes for November; no for December; #4 BREAD: no for November; no for December

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

Salade de Mâche et Roquette avec Betteraves

Capesante di Tacchino con Pancetta ed Erbe Aromatiche
(turkey scallops done in the fashion of Shane's Roasted Rolled Turkey Breast with Pancetta and Herbs)
with its sauce
Wild Rice Braised with Mushroom Duxelles
Cranberry-Port Relish
fruit salad

camembert with sliced baguettes

Moulin à Vent

Libby's Pumpkin Pie

Started off a bit of a disaster. Ed was in charge of the flower arrangement. He overfilled the ring and set it on the table. Where I discovered it sitting in a damp place on the table cloth. Went to move it and sloshed water all over the place. Unset the table, wiped up with the tablecloth, found another table cloth, and reset. To discover that a salad fork was lost in the process. Sigh.

For a starter, we did it the easy way with an old favorite, Lamb's Lettuce with Beetroot (BEFCC, p32). I had thought to do something else, but Ed suggested this salad, and I still had a bit of dressing left from the last time we served it.

For the main, I had thought to make some French-ish turkey scallops with a nice gravy, but then thought I could pretty easily make Shane's Arroso di Tacchino con Pancetta ed Erbe Aromatiche, rolling the good stuff (a paste of sage, rosemary, garlic, anchovy, lemon peel, and olive oil topped with pancetta) into turkey scallops rather than a turkey breast.

Served this with Wild Rice Braised with Mushroom Duxelles (Way, p331), a yummy fruit salad made by Ed (apple, pear, banana, red currants, raspberries, blackberries, and walnuts from our tree). And my old Cranberry-Port Relish (MC), still good.

The turkey rolls were really yummy. The big roll is more impressive, but the mini rolls are pretty darn good.

Then a bit of camembert.

Then some classic pumpkin pie following the Libby's can recipe. With a bit of cream, not whipped, just cream. I made the mistake of cutting the pie into eights rather than sixths. In the end we were piggies and ate another piece each. Half the pie gone.

All was yummy, but we still haven't found the missing fork.

Monday, November 20, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/20-Nov-17: Asian Broccoli Noodle Soup (web) for lunch. Tasty, and quite pittig, although I'm not sure why. Can you have too much black pepper? Mini Häagen-Dasz cups for dessert.

Tuesday/21-Nov-17: Kitchen day today, preparing for Thanksgiving and using up stuff from the fridge..

For lunch there were some pork chops, with Broccoli Stems and Red Pepper Slaw (web) and some pasta, I think it's called Israeli couscous, with a bit of butter and cilantro. The slaw was very good. Made the broccoli shreds with the cuisinart.

Used the chickpeas that I forgot to add to the courgette tart to make some hummus, smerging two recipes. Some for the freezer, some for the fridge.

Made two batches of pâte brisée, Judith Jones' Tart Dough  (Tenth, p256). One in the freezer, one for pumpkin pie. This really is the best pie crust.

Made a soup with bits of leftover veg: some new onions, a zucchini, a bit of broccoli, a sack of young spinach leaves that didn't get used. And garlic of course. Buzzed it up and put it in the freezer.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/22-Nov-17: Shopping today. A big one, for some reason. All the wine boxes running out at once. They now have some bio (organic) products sold in bulk. We got some pine nuts and some spicy cashews, which we devoured.

Dinner was Snapper with Tomato-Caper Topping (web). It would be quick if you didn't have to seed the tomatoes. Served with trio rice and steamed broccoli. For dessert some super yummy store-bought dark chocolate mousse things.

Made a pumpkin pie, using the recipe from the Libby's can.

Made up a batch of Cranberry-Port Relish (MC), an old favorite, a bit modified rom the VT article where I collected it a long time ago.

Thursday/23-Nov-17: Shopping and ENT visit, then home for cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Can't finish this post until Canon issues a driver to go with the new Mac OS.

Friday/24-Nov-17: We had grilled, marinated bavettes. For a side there were some steamed snijbonen, cut in about 1" lengths, and some Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes (web) without the onion and with some regular potatoes to give something more to eat. I meat to cook the sweet potato yesterday, but didn't get to it. Then, piggy us, we finished the pumpkin pie.

Saturday/25-Nov-17: Dinner was Spiced Chicken with Brown Rice (RealFast, p281). This was pretty good. I cooked it in the oven since I needed the broiler for Broiled Eggplant with Lemon, Basil, and Cracked Coriander (RealFast, p134). We both like this. Gave it an extra squirt of lemon juice at the end. And some brown rice.

Yogurt on overnight.

Sunday/26-Nov-17: Oops, got up late then saw that I forgot to start the yogurt maker. Started it up, but for a shorter time. We'll see what happens.

Our main meal was a halfish recipe of  Hot, Sweet, and Sour Chickpeas with Eggplant (H2CEV, p609), served over brown rice. Some mini ice cream bars for dessert.

I see that I've neglected to keep the food-related books sections on the bottom right up to date. I've finished one of the ones I was reading, plus at least two more. Have a couple of others underway. Something for the ToDo list.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, November 13, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/13-Nov-17: Cooked up some potatoes and used the leftover lamb to make Lamb Hash (30MinCook, p179). Used the Penzey's seasoned salt to spice it up. Good it was. Then a salad. Then some mini ice cream bars Haägen-Dasz for me and Magnum for Ed.

Tuesday/14-Nov-17: Soup for lunch, made for the leftover broccoli soup, a potage of beef juice, goat juice, potatoes, and carrots from the freezer, and a bit of kippe fond from the freezer. Added some artichoke ravioli for something to chew on. Pretty good it was. And filling.

Wednesday/15-Nov-17: Ed's birthday lunch today, so nothing happened in the kitchen. Did the shopping though. Bought yogurt so we can have some for breakfast. I should have made it yesterday, or even this morning, but was too lazy or out of time. Used one of the pots as a new starter, since it was available, although there was no particular reason.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/16-Nov-17: Dinner was Baked Orange Roughy Italian-Style (MC 2BT), with haddock/églefin. Simpe and pretty good, although the fillets were pretty bony. Served with trio rice and steams gesneden snijbonen. Mini ice cream bars for dessert.

Friday/17-Nov-17: Using up a 125g package of brick, I made a two-third-ish recipe of Courgette and Chick Pea Filo Pie (web). Well sort of. I defrosted the chickpeas and got them out of the fridge, but forgot to add them to the courgette mixture. Maybe time to make some hummus tomorrow. Made a salad for today, but we were too full to it eat. Into the fridge with that.

Saturday/18-Nov-17: Forgot to buy sweet potatoes for tonight's meal, so replanned with Pork Medallions with Olive-Caper Sauce (MC; web) which we've had a couple of times. This time Ed though there were too many olives, but was happy to eat them with the salad. I used orzo instead of vermicelli for the side. I liked the whole thing. Then yesterday's salad.

Yogurt on overnight.

Sunday/19-Nov-17: Last minute replan today so I could  make something quick before going to visit friends. We had Thai Black Pepper Chicken (MC; web) made with 250g skinless, boneless chicken thighs and all the sauce; only one chili. Yummy over basmati rice with Broccoli in Oyster Sauce (Delightful, p58). Häagen-Dasz mini cups for dessert.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, November 6, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/6-Nov-17: Earlyish meal today was a halfish recipe of Scallops in Lemon-Caper Sauce (web). Pretty good it was. Served with steamed haricots verts and orzo. The sauce was good with these. Then a big salad. Then some mini ice cream bars.

Tuesday/7-Nov-17: Ed had his MRI today. Now we have to see a doctor to see what happens next.

Dinner was Broccoli Soup with Lemon-Chive Cream from the freezer. Gave it another buzz, then added some broccoli bits. And tuna salad sandwiches. We were full, even though we didn't have lunch.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/8-Nov-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Jamie Oliver's Smoky Chorizo Salmon (web), with all those cherry tomatoes (only 250g of them) laboriously emptied of seeds, along with trio rice and some roasted cauliflower. Yum. Some store-bought custards for dessert.

Thursday/9-Nov-17: Used the steam-sautéed veggies, mostly potatoes and carrots, that we didn't eat a few days ago, to make a sort of stewy dish. And sliced in the rest of the chorizo from yesterday. Apple, pear, and a weird cheese (St Mont des Alpes) for dessert.

Friday/10-Nov-17: Rose Anne and her grand-daughter Annie came for a meal today. We were worried because she's busy packing, and not eating well. We started with Lamb's Lettuce and Beetroot (BEFCC, p32), which is easy and delicious. I mistakenly bought a sack of mâche and cresson, instead of just mâche, but that worked fine. I'd forgotten the recipe make way too much sauce. It's good, though, so we'll have it for our next salads. Then there was Slow-Roast Lamb (Diaries, p62), which is easy and super yummy. That was served with Clotilde Dusoulier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes (web). There was a little bit of juice from the lamb. The juice was a bit salty, but fine over the meat and potatoes. Rose Anne brought an apple crumble for dessert. We ate well.

Saturday/11-Nov-17: Rose Anne fed us while we were packing today and we didn't feel like eating when we came home. I had a bit of salad later.

Sunday/12-Nov-17: Bucatini with pasta sauce of chicken livers, tomatoes, and bacon from the freezer. Still good. Then a salad. Then we finished the apple crumble.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, October 30, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/30-Oct-17: Leftover pizza today. That was all.

Tuesday/31-Oct-17: First I made some White Russian Tiramisu (CL/jul99?; web). Easy and quite good. No fat-free cream cheese here. Used 30 ladyfingers, 175g (6oz), not split. The filling seemed a bit runnier than I remembered, but it tasted yummy.

There was supposed to be fresh pasta today, but I didn't really feel like it and the  more I read the recipe I'd chosen, the less I thought fresh pasta was an appropriate choice for the sauce. I made a halfish recipe of Ginger Cilantro Chicken (PastaMach, p143), using skinless, boneless thighs instead of kip filet and closer to all of the sauce than half. I steamed some broccoli bits and sautéed slices of a yellow bell pepper with the chicken. Altogether good, missing only some pepper flakes to make it really good. Tossed together a little salad with the remains of the storebought Asiatic coleslaw and some grated broccoli with a dressing of lemon juice, sesame oil, and chili-garlic sauce. Altogether a tasty meal.

Wednesday/1-Nov-17: Lunch out today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/2-Nov-17: Shopping today, late with other errands before and after.

Dinner was Fish Fillets with Spicy Green Undercoat (MJ@Home, p49) with lieu noir. This was okay, but doesn't need to be done again. As suggested, served with Potato Chaat (MJ@Home, p165) and Spinach with Garlic and Cumin (MJ@Home, p169), both of which I've made and liked before. For dessert, we finished the tiramisu. Piggy us.

Friday/3-Nov-17: Spent the day helping RoseAnne pack up. We're pooped.

Leftover chicken for dinner, which some steamed broccoli. Forgetting there were some potatoes in the chicken, I made up a skilletful of steam-sautéed potatoes, carrots, and shallots. Will have to do something with the rest of that. Mini ice cream bars for dessert, although we really didn't need them.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/4-Nov-17: Our meal today was A Night in Tunisia Pasta (with Harissa, Broccoli, Cauliflower) (web). I used half the pasta, but more than half the cauliflower and broccoli, and then more or less all of the spices. My ricotta had gone bad, so I used what we call pyramid cheese, kind of a cream cheese of goat. Good stuff, including the goat cheese. Then a big salad.

Sunday/5-Nov-17: Easy meal tonight. Sprinkled some Penzey's Special Seasoned Sea Salt on some boneless pork chops and grilled them. Chopped up a tomato, a shallot, and some parsley, and mixed withsome Penzey's Salsa & Pico. Made some polenta. Steamed some gesneden snijbonen. Pretty good stuff. Then some chocolate, almost the last of what we brought from Chaudun. Too bad it's so expensive and so far.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG:  no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no of October, no for November; #4 BREAD: no of October, no for November

Monday, October 23, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/23-Oct-17: More like an early dinner tonight. We had a halfish recipe of Glazed Beef Skewers with Ginger Slaw (CL/may16; web). The glaze went from 3/4cup to too-thick-to-spread in about 30seconds, so I improvised the sauce stuff (minus the mirin which I'd used up the first time round) to brush on the meat. The salad was especially good over the rice. The meat was kind of so-so. Magnum minis for dessert.

Tuesday/24-Oct-17: Early meal today. A half recipe of Pasta with Smashed Peas (web). I liked this more than Ed; he thought it needed something meaty and I didn't. I thought it surprisingly tasteful for plain peas. Easy to do if you remember to defrost the ricotta. More tasting of Chaudun chocolate for dessert.

We decided not to shop on Thursday instead of tomorrow, so the menu plan needed a small adjustment.

Wednesday/25-Oct-17: Pizza today. For some reason, not the best I've ever made for some reason, but good enough.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/26-Oct-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was old favorites. There was Tamarind Glazed Salmon (MC; web) and Yellow Basmati Rice with Sesame Seeds (MJ@Home, p208) and Pan-Grilled Zucchini (MJ@Home, p173). All yummy. Followed by mini ice cream bars, Magnum for Ed and Häagen-Dasz for me.

Friday/27-Oct-17: Earlyish meal today. We had Tarte Pommes Boudin (VPG). This was a recipe for two (can't find it on the web); I made up individual tartes with my last pâte brisée from the freezer (still have a bit left). Basically each person gets an apple and a boudin, both sliced and used to fill a pastry shell. I used small rectangular casseroles. Turned out quite pretty but we neglected to take a photo. Then a big salad. That was all.

Saturday/28-Oct-17: Our early meal today wasn't so early. We had Roast Chicken and Potatoes with Balsamic-Black Pepper Sauce (MC; web). (The site where I collected this recipe is off the air. The linked recipe is almost exactly the same, with 1tbl less olive oil.) Yummy it was.

Sunday/29-Oct-17: Early meal today before going off to a concert. We had Smoky Pork Stir-Fry (CL/sep14; web). I made a halfish recipe with most of the spices. Served over brown rice. No snow peas;used haricots verts instead. Pretty good, although we both added extra chili garlic sauce at the table. I think I'd double this at least. Ice cream bars for dessert.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, October 16, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/16-Oct-17: Came back from Paris today. Scrambled eggs for an evening snack.

Tuesday/17-Oct-17: There was a half recipe of Baked Scallops (CL90, p136) for dinner. Served with some mushroom pasta and gesneden snijbonen, hand-cut, of course. Then some of the wonderful chocolate pavés we brought back from Paris with us.

Wednesday/18-Oct-17: I had lunch with friends today while Ed ate from the freezer. Then we shopped. Nothing further happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/19-Oct-17: Early meal today, a half recipe of Fish Molee (web) made with lieu noir. I emptied my tomatoes to get rid of the seeds. They tasted a bit blah so I added a tablespoon of tomato paste from the freezer to flavor up the broth. Took a bit of time to prep everything, then it goes together lickety split. And it's yummy. (I collected this recipe from an Arizona newspaper in 2008. The article, with a number of "curry" recipes, is no longer there, but can be found here.) More pavés for dessert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/20-Oct-17: Earlyish meal, a half recipe of Sautéed Chicken Cutlets with Porcini Sauce (CI/mar09, web). This was good and relatively quick once the prep is done. Served with Spaetzle (MW@Home, p203; Handybook) and gesneden snijbonen, cut in slightly bigger pieces today. Finished the wonderful Chaudun pavés for dessert.

Saturday/21-Oct-17: We had a delicious Indian meal this evening. There was Ekuri (Parsi)—Scrambled Eggs with Coriander and Ginger (TLInd, p14), which was extra yummy. I made a half recipe (three eggs for two), which was a bit skimpy as a dinner, but would make a wonderful breakfast. As suggested, I served this with sliced tomatoes and Paratha (TLInd, p83), as well as Alu ka Rayta—Yoghurt with Spiced Potatoes (TLInd, p92). The paratha tasted ok, but didn't seem quite right. Later I saw that Madhur Jaffrey says the dough should be soft, and mine was still on the dry side, kneadable but dry, after adding about half of the extra water suggested; that might be the difference. This is fairly easy to make, if full of ghee, so I might try this again. The raita was delicious, definitely do-me-again.

Sunday/22-Oct-17: We went to Mazerolles' old folks dinner today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, October 9, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/9-Oct-17: Since we missed yesterday's meal, I had to do a bit of replanning today. We had Shrimp with Pernod—Grote Garnalen met Tomaat, Zwarte Olijven en Pernod (web) a recipe I got from Bill. Quite good it was, although we both thought the garlic should have been added earlier in the cooking. Then a salad. Then some mini Magnums.

Ed replaced the clock in the stove today so the ovens work. It's a bit different from the old one, so we're not completely sure how it works. But at least I can bake again.

Tuesday/10-Oct-17: Earlyish meal today. We had a half recipe of Chicken Breast with Pancetta Cream and Peas (web; CL/mar14). Used 100g unsmoked lardons from the freezer; they were a bit old and had a touch of freezer burn. Not hard and quite tasty. Some sliced mushrooms might be good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/11-Oct-17: Shopping today.

Meant to get salmon for Salmon Steaks with Cucumber Sauce (Tabasco, p75), but there was only one tiny piece of salmon left. I got tuna for this instead. Pretty good it was. Served with trio rice and steamed broccoli. For dessert, Ed had a mini-Magnum and I had a mini-Häagen-Dasz; I bought these last week, having not seen them before. Better than the classic Magnums, I think.

Thursday/12-Oct-17: Back to Time-Life for our meal today. We had a half recipe of Scaloppine al Limone—Sautéed Veal Scallops with Lemon (TLItal, p63). Served these with Piselli al Prosciutto—Braised Peas with Prosciutto (TLItal, p37) and Ed's favorite, orzo, with a bit of parsley, lemon peel, lemon juice, and butter. The veal was easy and very tasty. I forgot to finish the sauce with a dab of butter, but don't think it really mattered. The peas were maybe a bit salty from the prosciutto, but not bad; I didn't cook them for the 15-20min asked (mushy peas, anyone?), maybe just 5min. A tasty meal.

Friday/13-Oct-17: Early meal today. We had Goat Cheese, Chive, and Chili Pepper Sauce for Pasta (MarCuc, p167) over spaghetti. This has become our traditional night-before-travelling meal. Then a big salad.

Did I say somewhere that Ed has replaced the stove clock with a new, slightly different, but manufacturer-autorized model? Seems to work fine, but you have to press-and-hold a different pair of buttons to set the time.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/14-Oct-17: Off to Paris today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Sunday/15-Oct-17: In Paris today. Definitely nothing happened in the kitchen.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, October 2, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/2-Oct-17: Today's meal was a half recipe of Indian-Spiced Chickpea Curry (Chana Masala) (web), served over brown basmati rice. This should have served two as a main, but I've got two more servings in the freezer. It was ok, especially with lime pickle and mango chutney. Mini Magnum bars for dessert. Froze up the rest of the chickpeas.

Tuesday/3-Oct-17: Didn't feel like making what I'd planned today, too much chopping involved. Instead I made Delhi-Style Bhuna Lamb (MJ@Home, p120; cookbooker), a very yummy dish, not at all hard to make. Served with Rice and Peas with Garam Masala (SpiceKitch, p65) and Karhai Broccoli (MJ@Home, p148). We were ate it all and were full.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/4-Oct-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Cod in Saffron Broth with Chorizo, which I got from a Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen freebie, a sampler from The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2018: Best Recipes, Equipment Reviews, a book I don't have. Pretty satisfying, but we both thought the cod was a bit overpowered by the chorizo and that shrimp might be a good substitute. Served the rest of Sunday's cauliflower salad as a salad. Then some store-bought custards.

Thursday/5-Oct-17: Early meal today. I made Asian Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs (BH&G/jan17; web; cookbooker). Pretty yummy, especially with a bit of sriracha on squirted on. Some store-bought brownies for desserts, not bad.

Friday/6-Oct-17: Early meal today. Made Risotto with Lemon and Crème Fraîche (Essential, p345). It was good enough, but nothing as special as Hesser suggests. Crème fraîche to make risotto creamy is a bit OTT. Then a salad.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/7-Oct-17: Indian again today. We're doing a lot of that lately. For a munchie, I finished off a sack of cashews to make Spiced Roasted Cashews (MJ@Home, p7), easy and very more-ish. Our main was Pork (or Lamb) with Lentils (MJ@Home, p135; cookbooker), made with pork. Easy and very good. I made the whole recipe; we'll have three good servings from it. As suggested, I served this with Salaad (MJ@Home, p235), a very nice little salad. For dessert, there was Vermicelli Kheer (MJ@Home, 274; cookbooker); tasty but still runny after more than the prescribed cooking time. Altogether a tasty meal.

Sunday/8Oct-17: We had sandwiches at the fête du pain today and didn't feel much like eating when we got home. Not much happened in the kitchen.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, September 25, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/25-Sep-17: Early meal today, an halfish recipe of Avocado Tuna Salad (web) served on a bed of lettuce. Pretty good stuff. A bit of spicy (cayenne in the dressing?) would be nice, and maybe lime juice instead of lemon.

Tuesday/26Sep-17: My, a yummy meal today, scratching the Indian itch. Made "Hamburger" Kebabs (Q&E, p27; cookbooker). Really simple to make and extra delicious. We wrapped those in store-bought (Lebanese?) flatbreads along with Fresh Red Chutney with Almonds (Q&E, p114; cookbooker). Delicious chutney, especially for something with a raw bell pepper. Served with Green Peas in a Creamy Sauce (Q&E, p87), just so we had some veggie matter.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/27-Sep-17: Shopping today, and lots of errands, so we were home late so dinner was late too.

Dinner was Kingklip Stroganoff, from an old print-out, which might be in MC 2BTried. Used lieu noir for the fish. Added some chopped parsley and garlic to the mushroom (oesterzwammen). These baked in individual casseroles in the toaster oven while I cooked some pasta (graminge) and Haricots Verts in Walnut Oil (HandyBook; Lunch, p216). At the table we dumped the pasta onto the individual casseroles for eating. Some new store-bought brownies (too sweet) for dessert.

Thursday/28-Sep-17: Busy morning, off to the préfecture to pick up my new driver's license, then to Intermarché for so grocery bits and bread, then to the pharmacy for Ed's prescriptions.

Lunch started with an old favorite, Cold Beetroot with Cream (Pomiane, p180). Then there was Shrimp with Spinach, Garlic and Smoked Paprika (EAT-L; web) served over rice. This was yummy, fast, and easy. I used rucola instead of spinach. Then we ate a bit of a local goat cheese I bought at the shop. Then a small bit of Double-Boiler Bread Pudding (MC; HandyBook) made to finish off a loaf a bread. We were full.

Friday/29-Sep-17: Meant to start a big batch of tomato purée today, but I dillied-dallied too long and most of the tomatoes were not good, also the ones in the potager. In the end, there was only 1-1/2 cups of tomato purée to freeze.

For our main meal today there was fresh pasta, Fettucini alle Erbe e Panna Rosa (ClassPasta, p90). Instead of peeling and seeding plum tomatoes, I used one cups of frozen purée. The herbs were basil, rosemary, and sage from the garden. Pretty good stuff,really. Then a salad using the rest of the dressing from yesterday's beet salad. Then the rest of the goat cheese. Then more of the bread pudding.

Saturday/30-Sep-17: With a late start and other things happening, our early meal today didn't happen till about 6:30p. But it was good. We had a halfish recipe of Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemons (web) made with four thighs, and a dose of the Moroccan couscous from a storebought mix, and some Carrot and Pistachio Salad (web; cookbooker). Then we finished off the bread pudding. We are happily stuffed.

Started a salad for Ed to take to Cantique tomorrow morning, but cut the s*** out of my finger, so only got the cauliflower cooked. If I don't bleed to death in the night, I'll finish it in the morning.

Put chickpeas on to soak first thing this morning; cooked them this evening. Then into the fridge, since I couldn't deal with them.

Sunday/1-Oct-17: Got up early to finish off La Rinforzata (Neapolitan Cauliflower Salad) (MC). I've made this several times. Didn't record where I got the recipe, but there's an on-line version here. I use the anchovies, cutting them up really fine and adding to the vinaigrette. Also just noticed a note, that I didn't do today, to steep a crushed garlic clove in the oil.

I buzzed up the leftover sauce from last night's dinner and had that over whole wheat couscous for lunch.

Further, nothing happened in the kitchen.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: yes for September, no for October; #4 BREAD: no for September, no for October

Monday, September 18, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/17-Sep-17: In the last day or so, we've noticed that the clock on the stove wasn't working. Today I discovered that neither oven would light. This is because the clock isn't working it turns out. Ed dug into the stove and discovered an electrocuted mouse lying by the clock. Oops. He's ordered the part. The clock and timers and delayed start are nice occasionaly, but sometimes I wonder if all this modern electronic stuff is worth the trouble.

Belated meal of leftover pork and mango pot pie, in individual casseroles, warmed in the toaster oven. This was still good. Followed by a salad.

Tuesday/18-Sep-17: Lunch out today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/19-Sep-17: Yogurt on overday.

Before we went shopping, I made Peach and Blueberry Soured Cream Cobbler (Diaries, p230; cookbooker).

Shopping today.

Dinner was supposed to be Pâtes au Thon, Basilic et Piment, a recipe from VPG. I had the recipe with me when I did a bit of reading, but when I went to cook, there was no recipe. Searched but couldn't find it, so a quick replan.

We had Balsamic-Glazed Tuna (MC), which has a nice sauce that was good on the pasta and spinach that accompanied the fish. With yummy cobbler and cream for dessert.

Thursday/20-Sep-17: This afternoon we had Sautéed Chayote with Beef (web). I made a shortish whole recipe for the two of us, served over rice. It was pretty good. For a starter we had the second package of crab and shrimp nem that I got on sale recently.  Served with nem sauce, the end of a jar we like and the start of a new jar that was in the exotic food special at Leclerc this week. We'll go back to the old brand. (Already knew that the sauce included in the package was tossable.) Never got around to eating our dessert, so it's probably cobbler for breakfast tomorrow.

Found yesterday's recipe when I moved our breakfast bread. I know I moved that yesterday. Probably the recipe managed to stick to the bottom of the bread wrapping then.

Friday/21-Sep-17: Early meal again today, a halfish recipe of Chicken Agrodolce with Creamy Polenta (web; CL dec15). Creamy polenta made with milk; can't say that it made it all any better. The agrodolce sauce was okay, but nothing special. Served with the recommended side of Sage-Roasted Carrots and Turnips (web; CL dec15). This was easy and pretty good. Turnips are kind of blah.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/22-Sep-17: Had the urge to make some bread today, and picked out a recipe, without thinking that we don't have a working oven. The part came today, but it was the wrong part number, not matching the order. Sigh.

Our meal was Chaco Chili from the freezer, with some guacamole and homemade tortillas. Yum.

Defrosted one serving of a stew thing for Ed to take to Cantique tomorrow. Except that Cantique is next Sunday, not tomorrow. Duh.

Sunday/23-Sep-17: Our starter was Ed's stew thing served over leftover pancakes. It was good, and actually enough for dinner if I'd planned right. For a main there was a half recipe of Jack Denton Scott's Spaghettini Estivi. (It's a recipe someone sent me, Bill perhaps, but here it is on the web.) Good it was.

For dessert I used up the almond milk to make Three Ingredient Chocolate Almond Milk Ice Cream (web). Well, it was four ingredients after I added a small slog of vanilla. Used 1/4 cup of sucre de canne instead of xylitol. I was good enough, but felt like ice milk, rather than ice cream.

Most of the tomatoes we gathered last time were rotten. Need to start more tomato purée tomorrow.

Seems to be a bumper year for walnuts.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, September 11, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/11-Sep-17: Froze up four 1-cups of tomato purée.

Dinner was Pork with Mango Ginger Sauce Topped with Curried Phyllo (PotPies, p104; cookbooker). Think this is the first thing I've made from the book. Quite good it was. Served with steamed broccoli with a squirt of lemon juice.

Tuesday/12-Sep-17: Earlyish meal today. Used up yesterday's phyllo with Spanikopita in Pastry Cups (Desperation, p206; cookbooker). This was good, although we had enough for three, so we're a bit stuffed. Then a bit of a salad.

Wednesday/13-Sep-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was a half recipe of Thai Salmon and Bean Curry (web), served over rice. Yummy, although it might be better to put the green beans in for a minute or so before the salmon chunks since they were still a bit crunchy. Store-bought riz au lait for dessert.

Thursday/14-Sep-17: Yogurt on overday because I was too lazy to make it last night.

Picked the rest of the chicken. Used most of the meat for Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps (web; CL jan/feb14). Made the whole recipe for 4 and of us ate it all, although Ed did more than his share. Quite good, this was. The suggest go-with dessert was Poached Fruit over Vanilla Frozen Yogurt (web; CL jan/feb14). No frozen yogurt sold here that I've seen, and I didn't have enough yogurt to make this, so it was plain vanilla ice cream. Still good.

Friday/15-Sep-17: Lunch out today, nothing happened in the kitchen.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/16-Sep-17: Finally had our felafel dinner today. Store-bought falafels and store-bought pitas/kebab breads, with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Served with Tahini Dipping Sauce (WofE, p359), which was a bit odd; it was the bottom of the tahini jar and pretty stiff. Also Cacik/Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (Roden, p64); I made about a half recipe of this with a quarter of the yogurt and it was still a bit soupy. Discovered my stash of garlic was all bad, so had to use garlic powder for everything. Not really a satisfactory substitute. All in all it was a tasty meal in spite of problems. For dessert there was Whole Egg Almond Milk Custard (web), trying to use up the almond milk I bought for something else. I kind of liked this, Ed not.

Sunday/17-Sep-17: Early meal today of Mustard Chops (Diaries, p129). The chops didn't get to marinate the hour that he asked, but they were still quite good. Served with spinach, as suggested, and the little square French pasta of buckwheat, whose name I've forgotten right now.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, September 4, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/4-Sep-17: Earlyish meal today. There were Wraps Poulet, Figues, et Roquefort (web, VPG). The photo clearly shows chunks of roquefort, where the recipe clearly says to mash the cheese with crème fraîche. The recipe I have from VPG was for 4; what I found on the web is for two. I made the whole recipe and we ate two wraps each. Tasty and really sufficient for two for dinner. As a side (unneeded), there were polenta points with a topping of zucchini, tomato, and haricots verts from the garden. We were quite stuffed.

Tuesday/5-Sep-17: Working on the harvest from the potager today with stuffed zucchini, sort of following this recipe for Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini Boats (web). The sausage was the last of Hazan's from the freezer. No mozzarella, only Parmesan. Good, but filling. Then a salad. That was all.

Seeded a bunch of tomatoes and started them stewing.

Wednesday/6-Sep-17: Oops, neglected to turn off the fire under the tomatoes. Woke to the smell of burnt tomatoes. Later in the date, I realized the that unburnt bits could be puréed to make a sort of tomato paste. Froze up lots of 2 tablespoon bakjes.

Shopping today.

Dinner was, sort of Catfish Barbecue (CL90, p127). Instead of catsup, I used my burnt tomato paste. No sugar added since the tomatoes are so sweet. Easy and pretty tasty. Served with corn on the cob and trio rice, a better brand than we've had of late. For dessert there were some pretty awful little waffles with a bit of vanilla ice cream and blueberries.

Thursday/7-Sep-17: Dinner was Curried Scallop-Apple Salad (web), which was quite good in spite for my messing up a bit. To make the dressing I read apple cider vinegar, so used that, then got to where some cider vinegar was added and realized it wanted apple cider. I added a bit of honey to take the sour off. I also added a bit of apple cider (and finished the bottle this evening), which is an alcoholic drink rather than fancy apple juice.) Anyhow it was good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/8-Sep-17: A good-bye lunch with a friend today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Saturday/9-Sep-17: Thought I'd get back to the tomatoes today, but didn't.

Dinner was Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce (web). The recipe is supposed to be served over spiralized zukes; I cut strips off mine. We used only about half of the sauce; I froze the rest to serve over real pasta. Edible, but not really a recipe to do again. Ice cream for dessert.

Sunday/10-Sep-17: Yogurt on overday.

Ed asked for roast chicken, so that's what we had today. Spatchcocked and rubbed with Penzey's Quebec Beef Spice (which it suggests for chicken). Pretty good, if a trifle spicy. And an old favorite Dusoulier's Perfect Roasted Potatoes (web) and steamed broccoli topped with garlic slices and red pepper flakes stewed in olive oil. We were full.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, August 28, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/28-Aug-17: Early meal today, a half recipe of Za'atar Chicken Cutlets and Lemon-Parsley Salad (web; cookbooker). (Hmm, this recipe is now "locked" at Milk Street. I wonder how I managed to print it from their site in July?) Very easy and tasty chicken, looks nice on the plate. Might be a trifle too much pomegranate molasses. (Did I really say that?) Served with the leftover Moroccan couscous from yesterday, with the leftover chicken and shrimp chopped up a bit and supplemented by a bit more couscous. Also Zucchini Chunks with Citrus and Mint (web) which I made a couple of weeks ago; roast some chunks, toss with a dressing of orange and lemon juices, 2:1) with some chopped mint added in. Easy enough. I had some more of the salsa too, but Ed passed on this.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/29-Aug-17: This was supposed to be fresh pasta day, but it's just too hot. So we had Cilantro Pesto (PastaMach, p155) over casreccia, then a big salad. Then we finished of the Melon Sorbet.

Wednesday/30-Aug-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa (web). I mixed a bit of the salmon rub with the salsa. Served with polenta. Then a salad. Then some store-bought riz au lait.

Yogurt on overnight, since there's a recipe coming using lots of yogurt.

Thursday/31-Aug-17: Early meal of Spicy Cajun Shrimp (MW@Home, p255) over rice followed by a big salad. While that was happening, the oven dried some bread for Croutons (Art, p173).

Friday/1-Sep-17: Lunch out with Cath today before visiting Doug. Made up some Watermelon, Feta, and Black Olive Salad (MC) for Ed to take to singing day tomorrow.

Saturday/2-Sep-17: Saved a bowl of watermelon salad for me to eat today. Ed was off singing all day. I made a third recipe of a clafoutis with Corinne's little plums. Yummy. Grated up a bunch of zucchini/courgette for the freezer.

Sunday/3-Sep-17: Cath served us lunch today. Nothing further happened in the kitchen

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no for August, no for September; #4 BREAD: no for August, no for September

Monday, August 21, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/21-Aug-17: Early meal today. Took the meat from the freezer fairly early to start it thawing.After a couple of hours, I sliced it and put it to marinate for Hunan Beef with Cumin (web; cookbooker). Used three teaspoons for chili flakes, taking the middle line in the two to four option. This was yummy, hot and tasty. Served with plain rice and Steamed Eggplant (Kuo, p402; cookbooker). The eggplant was easy and delicious; it went really well with the beef. We ate well.

Tuesday/22-Aug-17: Ate out with Patrice and Wim this evening. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/23-Aug-17: Forgot to heat up the (store-bought) egg rolls with Monday's dinner so we had those for lunch

Pizza out with some of the Montbron choir. Nothing further happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/24-Aug-17: Woke up really tired today and didn't go to the Charroux LitFest. Ed was also tired. We thought it must have been something in the pizzas last night. :-)

Dinner was some bean chili from the freezer with Cayenne Cornbread (BigGerman, p182). The bread machine really isn't happy and needs to be helped along for the first bit of kneading. All was good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/25-Aug-17: Shopping today.

For dinner I broiled some lieu noir backs, sprinkled with Penzey's Sonoran Spicemix. Didn't like this as well as the Southwest Mix from last week. And some trio rice. And roasted the last of some broccoli and the first of a chou romaneso. Then a simple salad. Then some prune-filled cake. We're full.

Saturday/26-Aug-17: Well, I didn't make fresh past today; may not make it for this month. We had store-bought tagliatelle with Fettuccine with Chicken Livers, Tomatoes, and Bacon (365Pasta, p92; cookbooker). Then a salad. We were full.

Sunday/27-Aug-17: Early meal today. We had Garlicky Shrimp and Chicken Kebabs with Tomato-Kumquat Salsa (web). Made for four; Ed managed to eat two persons worth, I didn't keep my my end. Served with Moroccan couscous, a mix we bought at the health food store a couple of weeks ago. This was really good with the delicious salsa. We also had corn on the cob, and impulse buy on Friday.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, August 14, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/14-Aug-17: Last night I put chicken thighs on to marinate with olive oil and Penzey's Southwest Seasoning. Barbecued those this evening along with some smoked duck sausages for dinner with Patrice and Wim. The chicken was especially tasty. We also had corn on the cob and Warm Broccoli and Potato Salad (MDSalad, p15), which is an old favorite.

For dessert there was Raspberry Bakewell Cake (web) and home-made vanilla ice cream (recipe from old ice cream maker). All was good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/15-Aug-17: Dinner at Mazerolles' Fête Patronale today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/16-Aug-17: Dinner at the Marché des Producteurs in Massignac tonight. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/17-Aug-17: Early meal today. We had Riz Cantonais Revisité au Chorizo (web). I mis-remembered what was needed so I bought merguez last night instead of chorizo. The recipe is pretty much without spice or flavor beyond the merguez, so I added some soy sauce and rice vinegar and a goodly slog of garlic-chili sauce. The merguez actually worked quite well.

Friday/18-Aug-17: Yogurt on overday.

Lunch at Sally and Mike's today. Nothing further happened in the kitchen.

Saturday/19-Aug-17: Ate out at a medieval banquet animé this evening. Nothing further happened in the kitchen,

Sunday/20-Aug-17: Before we went out today, I put shrimp on to marinate for Lemon & Spice Grilled Shrimp (web), using white wine Worcestershire sauce (whatever it's called these days) instead of the regular stuff. Ed grilled these, perhaps a trifle too long, for dinner, while I grilled the leftover polenta (looked fine, but perhaps a bit past its use-by date), boiled some corn on the cob, and made a salad using our first real tomatoes of the year with some dressing from the brocolli and potato salad from earlier in the week.

A strange week this week. This is only the third time I've cooked, so one third of the meals have been fish or veg, but that's only one meal. Next week will be more normal I think.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 1
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no

Monday, August 7, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/7-Aug-17: A bit day today. Went to the préfecture to exchange my Dutch driver's license for  a French one. Then went to visit Vanille, a bichon-cross doggie needing a new home. And brought her home with us. We've both felt how odd it is getting using to a new being in the house. Pogo must have caused the same feeling, but we don't remember. She hasn't worked things out with Sophie and Oscar yet. To avoid disputes in the night, we'll probably close the cats out of the bedroom tonight, which is a bit sad.

Dinner was, more or less, Gratin de Saucisse, Pomme de Terre et Petits Pois (web). I made a whole recipe (serving 4), so we can have it again later in the week. The proportions in the recipe are a bit strange: one chipolata per person, two potatoes for four, etc. It would be better to half-cook, boil, the potatoes, since some of them were a bit crunchy. Used crème fraîche and cheddar for the topping. Needed lots of pepper. But good. Then cantaloup sorbet.

Tuesday/8-Aug-17: Lunch out today. Nothing furthered happened in the kitchen today.

Wednesday/9-Aug-17: Shopping today.

Dinner was Baked Cheddar Polenta and Salmon with Crushed Pea and Garlic (web). Not bad at all, but way too much polenta. I made two packets, one for each or us. I put the extra polenta in another little dish to do something with soon. Blueberries and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/10-Aug-17: Leftover chipolata gratin for our early meal, with some leftover zucchini salad. Then a regular salad. That's all.

Made up some croutons with a bit of leftover bread, loosely following the recipe in Art.

Friday/11-Aug-17: It was Tuna Cutlets (web) for dinner tonight. Really tasty (Indian), but the mixture was ready to make patties. I added some of the egg and some besan, which helped a bit. So, not so pretty, but still yummy. Served with trio rice and Pan-Grilled Zucchini (MJ@Home, p173), which has become a favorite. Blueberries and vanilla ice cream again for dessert.

Saturday/12-Aug-17: Very nice dinner out with Patrice and Wim (for Wim's birthday). Nothing further happened in the kitchen.

Sunday/13-Aug-17: Earlyish meal today, Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto (web). No spiralizer, so I used the fat julienne blade on my mandoline. Made about a half recipe, which should serve 8, but seemed like a skimpy 2. Tasty, though. Started with an insalata caprese, sort of, with the first tomato of the season, not as ripe as it should have been, and basil from the sandbox garden. Then a salad.

Yogurt on overnight, and chicken to marinate for tomorrow's dinner.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no