Monday, May 3, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Monday/3-May-10: A busy kitchen day. This morning I started Hennie's super easy lamb dish; then started some yogurt; then made apple-pear butter; then set some spinach, ricotta, and proscuitto to defrosting for tomorrow's gnocchi; and then made Spicy Apricot Chutney (from a mag clipping). Froze up two bits of the chutney and left the rest in the fridge.

Lunch was Hennie's lamb, which was falling off the bone tender, with some tagliatelle and some frozen peas and carrots. Good stuff. Have lamb and gravy left for another meal, maybe a stew with the two small potatoes I've got left.

Neither of us having made it to the boulanger today, I put in a loaf of Buckwheat Bread to be ready in the morning.

Tuesday/4-May-10: Started some limoncello this morning. We'll see how this goes. Looked everywhere for extra seals for my canning jars, but couldn't find where I've stashed them. Onto the list, they go, although I know there are some around.

Cooking Italy tonight, Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi. Quite yummy. Followed by a salad. The gas ran out, but the stove did its best to struggle on, meaning that the oven never got hot. Oh well.

Wednesday/5-May-10: Time got away from me today, so there was a quickie dinner, an old favorite, Spaghetti with Zucchini and Lemon (MW@Home, p195). Followed by a small salad (there being only a small amount of lettuce left). For dessert, two sambalos that we got at the boulangerie this aftnoon, small tube-shaped cream puffs with clear caramel on top.

Thursday/6-May-10: Went to the market this morning. For our main meal at midday, I reheated the leftover lamb and gravy, added some potatoes, and then some frozen peas&carrots. Stuffed the bell peppers with a barley mixture (found on the web). This wasn't too successful, but probably healthy. The right oven seems not to be working properly. This might have been the problem with the pound cake. Have to call tomorrow and try to explain on the phone. Shook the limoncello today.

Friday/7-May-10: Evening dinner today, before going off to a concert. Reheated three (defrosted) tandoori kip filets in the oven with a bit of water in the dish and sealed in foil. Next time I might try reheating them under the broiler. They could hardly come out dryer. Nice taste, but unpleasant texture. Accompanied by Zucchini in a Yogurt Dressing(SpiceKitch, p58;,and MC) and Rice and Peas with Garam Masala (SpiceKitch, p65). Used a bit of the (non)Spicy Apricot Chutney. Strawberries and bananas for dessert.

Saturday/8-May-10: Went by Gitem today to see about getting the oven fixed, but they were closed for the holiday we had forgotten about. For dinner there was Brochettes de Canard au Sésame (soon to be MC), which were very good. The recipe recommended serving with 3-grain rice, so I did. Also made La Frittedda—Smothered Artichokes, Fava Beans, and Peas with Fennel, Palermo Style, a Cooking Italy assignment, using wild fennel from the South Forty. Strawberries and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Sunday/9-May-10: We had a meal at the randonnée today. Dinner was a bit salad with mâche, the last bit of tandoori chicken, avocado, radishes, and whatever else. And two raspberry tarts that I got at the boulanger this morning when we thought we're were going to skip the walk.

Since I got the limoncello started, it's time to think about another "project" for cooking. Cheese? Dog biscuits?

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