Monday, August 16, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Monday/16-Aug-10: This morning we went to help with the washing up and putting away from last night's dinner. Afterwards all the workers, more than 30 of us, gathered in Mazerolles for a meal. First we polished off the aperitif from the night before (rosé and grapefruit juice). Then the leftover carrots from the previous night's starter were served, followed by freshly made omelettes with fried potatoes. Then the leftover ham and beans, camembert, and apple tarts. All with copious amounts of wine. At the end there were many bottles of Clairette de Die. And while we cleared up from the meal, liqueurs were served, cognac and various homemade things, including some firewater of plums that is dribbled onto a sugar cube to drink.

We weren't hungry until very late, when we warmed up the leftovers of yesterday's grilled shrimp and rice-and-beans.

Tuesday/17-Aug-10: This morning I cooked up a pound of hominy to freeze. Once this was going, I picked the chicken from Saturday and started stock from the bones. With the meat, I made a stew-like thing from one of the tins of mole that Jody gave us. To accompany that I made a little salad of avocado, chopped yellow bell pepper, chopped red onion, lime juice, oil, and some spices. Not bad. Dessert was our usually lunchtime plate of fruit.

For our evening meal, we snacked on a piece of Morbiers (bought here and perhaps not as good as the bit we bought in Morbiers itself) and the olives we bought at the Montbron marché.

Wednesday/18-Aug-10: We still didn't feel much like eating a big meal tonight. I made some tagliatelli and the Pesto with Ricotta, a Cooking Italy assignment from last May. Served with a big salad of mâche. For dessert we had the last of the Morbiers and then some squares of chocolate as we walked Pogo. I've got lots of the pesto frozen now.

Made yogurt overnight.

Thursday/19-Aug-10: Dinner was a Broccoli and Anchovy Sauce (ClassicItal, p173) again. Last time we liked it a lot; this time it was good, but nothing special. For afters we had a bit of goat cheese and some Coffee Ricotta Mousse (MW@Home, p307), made without coffee from the leftover ricotta.

Friday/20-Aug-10: Whew, a busy day today! In the afternoon we went to Chauvigny to see a site, then back here, a quick dog walk, then off to Montbron for dinner and a concert. Not much happened in our kitchen today.

Saturday/21-Aug-10: Our main meal, at lunchtime, was Cooking Italy's Spinach Soup from the freezer, with freshly made crostini. For dessert another toasted waffle with vanilla ice cream and mixed berries.

Sunday/22-Aug-10: Shopped this morning. The fridge is f-u-l-l! No fish on Sundays or on Mondays. So it will be shrimp sometime this week unless we make an unexpected trip to a grocery or bump into a market.

Pizza for dinner. I always forget how long they take put together, so it was later than intended. Nothing hard about i, just time-consuming, especially if you bake the crust a bit before topping, which really is better. Grilled a zucchini and an eggplant. Used some faux pizza sauce, mozzarella, grilled veggies, chopped garlic, goat cheese, basil chiffonade. Good stuff. We each had a mini-Magnum while walking Pogo.

Yogurt's been a-making all day. With the thunderstorms, we had two power outages today, and I didn't remember to restart it right away either time, so I was a bit worried about how it would turn out, but it was fine.

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 — Chocolate Chip Cookies and the oven disaster
  12. 7-Aug/13-Aug: pecans — Peppered Pecans
  13. 14-Aug/20-Aug: mango or peaches — Grilled Shrimp with Green Mangoes and Red Lime Sauce
  14. 21- Aug/27-Aug: cornmeal or Italian sausage —

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