Monday, September 6, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Monday/6-Sep-10: Toupargel delivered this morning and I stowed that all away. The freezer is quite full now.

We lunched at La Bellonne on our way to St. Amant sur Boixe, where we found the museum with the medieval art closed. Off to see the Roman theatre, then home. In the evening ... we can't remember what we ate, but there was some very nice store-bought flan for dessert.

Yay! I got a tied-for second prize from CookbooksEtc. With the Amazon gift certificate, I'll probably I'll get myself the Olney book that was #1 on the Guardian list of cookbooks. And I get a CookbookEtc apron and at least one other cookbook. I really need more cookbooks. :-)

Tuesday/7-Sep-10: A very unforgettable lunch in La Rochefoucauld. Then off to Cognac to see the Otard distillery in François I's chateau. Stopped at a tea shop, then came home and had a dinner of odds and ends: the end of the rillettes (canard), pâté from Puymoyen, olives, cherry tomatoes from the garden, cheeses, some very good stuffed grape leaves from a jar.

Wednesday/8-Sep-10: This morning, I seeded another 11 tomatoes and set them on to slow-roast. These must really be similar to sun-dried tomatoes, without the sun and no oil. Left these roasting while we took Bill to the train and shopped at Géant, hoping to find some pasta I was looking for, but weren't successful. I did buy a pasta called cavatappi, which is not at all like the De Cecco cavatappi. Pasta like that was called something like spiraaltjes, but of course that's Dutch.

After we came home I seeded more than 2kg of tomatoes and made a tomato sauce loosely following Elizabeth David. Simmer with an onion and some carrots for a long time. For dinner I took a cup of this and buzzed it smooth, then served over linguine with a couple of the roasted tomatoes and some basil and lots of Parmesan. Yum. Followed by a big salad. Blended the whole pot of tomatoes, then cooked a bit longer to thicken. Tomorrow I'll freeze up 1-cup amounts.

Mme B brought us more still tomatoes today, so there's another couple of kilos more to be seeded and cooked down.

Thursday/9-Sep-10: Froze up 4 (large) 1-cups of tomato sauce. Dinner was beef pot pies with the leftover bits of Pot Roast of Beef Braised in Amarone Wine. Much better than Swanson's indeed. A small salad of lettuce with chopped, seeded tomatoes beforehand. Vanilla ice cream and some defrosted berries after.

Friday/10-Sep-10: Ed brought home fish&chips (bought from a Dutch vendor who's in Montbron on Friday evenings) for dinner with Sally and her father-in-law, Ken. I made a scrumptious chocolate bread pudding that I found on the web (soon to be MC, and boy do I have a stack of MC to do right now!). Oven is acting weird again.

Saturday/11-Sep-10: For dinner, I cooked the little white eggplants in Hitomi's yellow curry paste and added some leftover beef bits. Over rice. For a side, there was a small Cucumber Salad (Delightful, p51), the cool sweet/sour of the cucumbers complemented the spicy meat sauce. Dessert was, yes, chocolate bread pudding with a bit of cream.

Sunday/12-Sep-10: Mme B brought us yet more tomatoes; I haven't weighed this batch, but it looks bigger than the last batch. In the next days we'll be busy seeding, preparatory to making more tomato sauce to freeze. Tomorrow she'll bring aubergines! Hummus to freeze perhaps?

Have a pintade (guinea hen) defrosted, but decided not to make it tonight. Instead put it on to marinate for tomorrow. Tonight I made up a risotto using frozen asparagus and frozen cooked shrimp, garnished with some fine slices of the frozen slow-roasted tomatoes; very pretty and not bad at all. Then a big salad with a big, fresh, seeded tomato, some red onion, and an avocado. Made a dressing with the tomato juice and lemon that I'd squeezed onto the onion and avocado. Quite yummy all. And more bread pudding, of course.

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

No comments:

Post a Comment