Monday, July 26, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Monday/26-Jul-10: I've ordered butterscotch chips for next week's CBEtc contest, along with a couple of other things from My American Market.

For lunch, I used up the chicken and some broccoli with Gemelli Salad with Chicken, Broccoli and Roasted Pepper, a recipe from the Barilla site. It was OK, nothing special. More of our Jura cheese for afters.

Tuesday/27-Jul-10: Shopping today. Dinner was Moroccan Salmon (Cooking Light mag, soon to be MC) served over couscous. This was good. A bit too much on the bell peppers, Ed thought, but that's because I made all of it, rather than half. Followed by a big salad.

Tonight was Kolokithokeftedes (Zuccchini Burgers), a 2BTried recipes from MC, using the 3 cups of shredded zucchini that I froze a while ago. This worked great, so I think I'll have to freeze up some more. I just noticed that I omitted the feta from the "burgers" and that's exactly what was missing. This is one to try again. As suggested, I serviced with tsatziki, the Cucumber and Yogurt Salad recipe from Madison, p156. This accompanied by a big salad of rucola, with the end of the beet, an avocado, and some shallot. For afters, we had cheese, finishing off the Morbier but still have a bit of the Bleu de Gex left.

Put the lamb shanks for tomorrows dinner on to marinate.

Thursday/29-Jul-10: It was Souris d'agneau aux épices cajun (web, soon to be MC) for tonight's dinner. It was, I realized later, a crockpot recipe, but it suggests cooking in the oven at 120C as an alternative. And that worked great. How nice to have an oven that keeps a temperature this low. The lamb shanks were really tasty and tender, the sauce quite spicy Served with rice and Date and Onion Salad (TLAfrica, p92). This salad was more like a relish or uncooked chutney; it went really well with the spicy sauce. Finished off the Dulce de Leche ice cream. Nice dinner.

Friday/30-Jul-10: Forgot to defrost chicken for tonight's dinner. Rummaged around looking for a pasta dinner, but found Risotto con Gamberi e Acetosa—Wild Sorrel and Prawn Risotto (WildCarluccio, p20; soon to be MC) instead. A half recipe used up my sorrel impulse-buy. It was good too. Followed by a salad and some weird cookies.

Looked for a recipe for butterscotch morsels to no avail. Didn't even find any interesting recipes on the web. Sigh. Waste of money, I fear.

Started some yogurt and some bread for overnight. The kitchen is full of glowing red lights when the lights are out.

Saturday/31-Jul-10: In the afternoon I made a double dose of Chocolate Banana Snacking Cake (EAT-L, soon to be MC); pretty good. Took some over to our neighbor who likes chocolate; perhaps it will encourage him to eat a bit.

For dinner, there was Tarte aux légumes et fromage de brebis (VPQ) using a boughten pie crust. Will be glad when these are used up, since they're not nearly as good as home made. This tarte was a bunch of veggies (broccoli, peas, zucchini, and some haricots verts since I was short on broccoli (and forgot to buy more at the store this morning). Ordinary so far. The "custard" was 250g ricotta, cream, and 2 eggs. This was quite tasty. Served we a salad of arugula and mâche. The last bit of bleu de Gex after, plus some chocolate-caramel desserts from the freezer.

Sunday/1-Aug-10:Nice dinner, this eve, if late again. Next week I have to get back on the mid-day meal train again. I made Chicken Canzanese from a recent Cook's Illustrated (soon to be MC). This was supposed to be popular in the 70s, but I've never heard of hear. It was very good. Chicken thighs are browned, then baked slow in a skillet. The liquid should not be simmering. Result was very good, crispy skin and tasty. Served with polenta and Guatelli in Umido (TuscanYear, p138), but with oyster mushrooms instead of chanterelles. Altogether a nice meal.

CookbooksEtc Ingredient Contest 2010
  1. 23-May/28-May: strawberries — Balsamic Strawberries with Arugula and Goat Cheese
  2. 29-May/4-Jun: cheese — Spinach-Stuffed Anchos
  3. 5-Jun/11-Jun: whole wheat flour Ned and Crescent's Favorite Multigrain Pancakes
  4. 12-Jun/18-Jun: ground pork or pork sausage Curried Rice Noodles with Ground Meat
  5. 19-Jun/25-Jun: blueberries Tarte Amandine à la Myrtille
  6. 26-Jun/2-Jul: salmon Almond-Crusted Grilled Salmon with Garlic Sauce
  7. 3-Jul/9-Jul: potatoes Potatoes and Peas in a Yoghurt Sauce
  8. 10-Jul/16-Jul: elbow macaroni Macaroni Salad
  9. 17-Jul/23-Jul: tomatoes Eggs Baked in Tomatoes
  10. 24-Jul/30-Jul: dates Date and Onion Salad
  11. 31-Jul/6-Aug: butterscotch chips
  12. 7-Aug/13-Aug: pecans

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