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

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