Monday, July 11, 2011

This week in the kitchen

Monday/11-Jul-11: Hot weather coming back. Minnie in an even worse mood today than yesterday. Ended up reinstalling the operating system, and downloading, again, the updates. Think Apple may have reached its end in the household. So many problems with upgrades that have been reported for years and still no fix. You didn't realy want your calendar or address book, did you?

Made a carrot cake for the Club Liseron meeting this evening. Put a bit of cream cheese icing on it, but that's pretty limp with the heat. (But, the icing, and the cake, were a hit. Got to share the recipes for one of the simplest icings you could possibly make.)

Last week I saw an odd, but appealing, recipe on Giuliano and Leah Hazan's blog, and printed it to make soon. This morning I saw someone whose blog I followed had made it, and what's more it's from a cookbook that I have. So, today it was my turn for Spaghetti with Melon (30MinPasta, p73; cookbooker). We had a charentais (cantaloup-like) melon wanting to be used, so this was our late lunch, simple, fast, and nice to eat. For as salad I grated more carrot to go with the leftover from the cake and tossed this with a lemon vinaigrette. No dessert.

No bread in the house. Made Whole Wheat with Bran (BigGerman, p81) (WW/Rapid/Med/—) in the evening.

Tuesday/12-Jul-11: My that's a good whole wheat bread. Doing breads on Rapid (with much shorter cycle) seems to make better breads.

For lunch we had the leftover leek-surimi tart cold from the fridge. Not bad, but it would have been better warmed, or at least at room temp. Then a big salad.

Wednesday/13-Jul-11: Off-piste dinner again tonight. Curried Chicken and Broccoli Couscous (MC), made with the last of the Thanksgiving turkey from the freezer. Pretty good for minimal effort.

Thursday/14-Jul-11: Bastille Day today. We stayed home.

Sometimes I wonder why I make any kind of meal plan, since I hardly follow it at all. Thursday this week, and I'm still working on last week's sheet, mostly not cooked. Oh well. Off the list again, I defrosted two pork chops this morning and found a new rub recipe. The defrosting chops were in a cabinet but Sophie manage to get to them and ate a quarter of the smaller one—mine. Roasted the rest of yesterday's broccoli and slices from half a zucchini/courgette. Defrosted some hominy, added a can of chopped chilies and half a chopped adobo chipotle. Since we finished a package of cookies for lunch, we skipped dessert.

Friday/15-Jul-11: OK, the first recipe using preserved lemons tonight. This was Fish Baked with Preserved Lemons, Eggs, and Onions, (NAfrica, p58). I made a half recipe with panga. Pretty good, interesting taste, easy to make. The stuffing between the fish layers is sautéed red onions with preserved lemons, a fried/scrambled egg, and cilantro. As a go-with, I made a half dose of Moroccan Zucchini Salad, a recipe I found on the web. Also good and will be MC'd one of these days.

My cooking challenge for the next weeks is to keep up with the supply of zucchini coming from the garden. I've used all the regular ones now, but there are several more ready to be picked tomorrow. And I've got four globe zukes in the fridge needing to be used, plus more of these on the way. Not understanding how they can be producing so well without water.

Saturday/16-Jul-11: Working on the squash backlog. Emptied two globe squash and chopped the contents. Defrosted some cooked lamb, left from Jaffrey's leg of lamb, and chopped that. Sautéed some chopped onion, then added garlic, then added the lamb, some turmeric and some garam masala. Added some dried bread crumbs too. Then stuffed the squash with this and steamed them. Accompanied by Rice and Peas with Garam Masala (SpiceKitch, p65). For dessert there was arrowroot pudding, first time I've made such a thing. I was looking for something that tastes like baby food vanilla pudding, and this was pretty close. :-)

Sunday/17-Jul-11: Preserved lemons again today: Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemons (NAfrica, p61). Quite good, even though I didn't have the right kind of olives and no coriander. I'll freeze the rest of the sauce and meat for another dinner. (And now I have two chickie carcasses in the freezer, so must get busy making stock now.) Sliced up another zucchini (there are at least three more big ones coming soon and oodles of globe ones), salted it a bit, then broiled it, sans oil, and it was fine. Maybe would have been better if I'd greased the bits, but it was good as it was. Served this with a quickie sauce of yogurt, minced garlic, and salt. And some couscous. Later, some Maroilles cheese, a first for us. Interesting, not a favorite.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 VEG/FISH: yes, #2 SOUP: no, #3 MIDDAY: yes
This month: #4 PASTA: not yet

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