Monday, August 30, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Monday/30-Aug-10: This morning I started the roasted tomatoes (Polenta, p66) from a recipe that I didn't make for the CookBooksEtc contest. They cook a long long time at a low temp. Very tasty after. Ed thought I must have added something to them, but there was just salt and pepper. I've frozen these for later use.

Then I made two jars of plum jam, using several recipes from the web. One in the freezer, one in the fridge. The lickings were quite promising.

Mostly leftovers for dinner tonight, leftover beans-and-rice, leftover rice-and-peas, leftover zucchini-with-yogurt. I flattened a pair kip filets and rubbed them with some (homemade) Cajun spice mix, then sautéed them in olive oil and butter. Made a tasty little sauce by deglazing the pan with a slog of white wine, stirring in a bit of instant fond, then adding a small slog of cream. All was good, although not necessarily together.

The Plum Ice Cream (Scoop, p77) was very good. The two of us ate all of the half recipe that I made. Still have lots and lots of plums to use and to pick.

Tuesday/31-Aug-10: Put on yogurt in the a.m. Shopped. Avoided getting big boxes of cilantro and sorrel that I'd need to use in the next days. Bought more tomatoes for roasting. Started Strawberry Gelato (ClassicItal, p610) to make tomorrow.

Dinner was (loosely) Grilled Swordfish, Chettind Style (IndLight, p155), but with salmon and only marinate 30 minutes, accompanied by the MJ1's Buttery Rice with Onions, with shallots, since I was making a small amount, and without the book. For afters there was some pavé affinois, which was on sale.

Wednesday/1-Sep-10: For a late dinner following Bill's arrival, I vaguely followed a recipe of Holiday Posole found on the web. Didn't start it the night before as asked, didn't have the powdered chile pepper that they wanted, so I embroidered quite a bit. It was good though. A half recipe filled my Le Creuset Dutch oven. Three of us ate half and I froze the rest. Made Cayenne Cornbread (BigGerman, p182), an old favorite, as a go-with. For dessert, some fresh strawberries over vanilla ice cream. The strawberry gelato has to wait another day.

Thursday/2-Sep-10: A very filling 5-course lunch at La Fermette de Beaumont today. They've gotten even more expensive, although it is 5 courses, and we might not go there for lunch again. In the evening we were still quite full and just had a salad, followed by the Strawberry Gelato that didn't get made last night.

Friday/3-Sep-10: Made yogurt during the day. Plans changed and we ended up with a small bbq at home this evening. Ed grilled some chipolatas and merquez. I made a big dose of Warm Broccoli and Potato Salad (MDSalad, p15). We started with some rillettes d'oie from the charchuterie in Montbron and finished with some cheese and some store-bought custards that were pretty good.

Saturday/4-Sep-10: Used the rest of the homemade sausage from the freezer to make Fusilli with Sausage and Zucchini (30mimPasta, p150). This was very good, but definitely not a 30-minute dinner. I suppose seeding the tomatoes took a lot of time. Used orechetti instead of fusilli. Followed by a big salad. Then we finished off the rest of the strawberry gelato with some cake that Bill bought at the foire today.

Sunday/5-Sep-10: Yogurt going all day. At a bric-à-brac in Vitrac, I bought some chiles and a handful of tiny, white egg-shaped eggplants.

Whew, lunch today was a repas de la chasse today at St. Adjutory. No food for us this evening. Still no word on the outcome of the CookbooksEtc Ingredient contest.

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 — Cornmeal and Italian Sausage

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