Monday, November 1, 2010

This week in the kitchen

Monday/1-Nov-10: During the day, I made a half recipe of Berry Tiramisu (soon to be MC) that was supposed to serve four; ended up with four servings from the half recipe. So we asked Sally and Mike to dinner to help eat it up.

For a starter, there was a bit of mâche with beets and shallots and a light vinaigrette, with warm goat cheese on toast. The main was Cajun Roast Pork Loin, a recipe my mother sent me from the KC Star (soon to be MC); have a bit of this rub left for another time. And a huge batch of Dusolier's Perfect Roast Potatoes (MC). In the midst of these cooking, the gas ran out and we had to change canisters, making everything a bit later than intended. Accompanied by Onion-Herb Bread (MC) from the bread maker since there was no bread at the boulanger yesterday and everything's closed today for the holiday.

The tiramisu was delicious, but the whole recipe definitely serves 8, not 4.

Tuesday/2-Nov-10: Tonight was a Frittata with Zucchini and Basil (ClassicItal, p280), with a salad of mâche. Topped off by the last pair of store-bought crême caramels.

Wednesday/3-Nov-10: Kind of a made-up dinner tonight, loosely based on something found on the web. Thingly sliced a small onion and softened it in butter and olive oil with some crushed pepper. Slivered up a Chinese cabbage (half of it, but should have done more), added that to the onion sautéed slowly. When the cabbage was soft, I added the last bit of the Cajun pork roast, slivered. Mixed this with 5 oz of penne; some whole wheat pasta might have been nice, and maybe something slightly smaller than penne. Pretty tasty. Served with a bit salad, and then some little chocolate desserts, straight from the freezer to the (toaster) oven to the table.

Thursday/4-Nov-10: For lunch today I dipped some turkey scallops in flour, S&P, and chipotle powder, then sautéed them in olive oil. When they were done, I deglazed the pan with some mixed-from-a powder chicken broth and some pyramid goat cheese. Pretty good for almost no effort. To go with, there was smashed sweet potatoes, with lemon juice instead of the usual orange juice, since I forgot to ask Ed to save some this morning, and don't want to open the new bottle. Ha, we might actually prefer the lemon juice version! And a mess of steamed broccoli which was especially good with the sauce. Followed by a big salad. And no dessert. We were full.

Friday/5-Nov-10, Saturday/6-Nov-10, Sunday/7-Nov-10: Away from home.

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