Monday, January 30, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/30-Jan-12: We drove home from the Netherlands today. Nothing happened in the kitchen, but I did remember to defrost some lunch meat.

Tuesday/31-Jan-12: Quick shopping trip today to refill the fridge. Trying to eat lots of stuff from the freezer this week.

Rather late, but soup for dinner: Five-Alarm Lentil Soup (Sriracha, p59). Good stuff, especially on a cold night. For dessert, a pair of store-bought crèmes brulées with raspberries. Also good stuff.

Yogurt on overnight.

Wednesday/1-Feb-12: Another late dinner. Hope this isn't going back to the late dinner rut. Using up some of the pork from the freezer, there was Stewed Pork with Porcini Mushrooms and Juniper (ClassicItal, p424), served over soft polenta. Used the end of the jar of polenta from the freezer, so have some extra to grill in the coming days. Then a salad. Then a bit of some cheese. Then some chocolates.

Thursday/2-Feb-12: Not quite so late tonight, thank goodness, but still not early. Didn't feel like messing with the chicken that's defrosted in the fridge waiting to roast, so I made Serpents de dinde au sésame (Marmiton newsletter); that's turkey fingers to you and me, with the breading batter made from buckwheat flour with curry and ginger powders. Not bad, but don't need to make it again. Served with steamed broccoli and trio rice. Another bit of cheese (these are from a sampler box of an imitation Boursin—not as good as the real thing). And some more chocolates.

Friday/3-Feb-12: Sunny today, but cold, cold, cold. For dinner the chicken got roasted as Lemon Roast Chicken with Herb Potatoes (SeriousEats). My chicken was a bit smaller than asked, but it still cooked the whole time and the inside of the thighs was just barely done. (One wonders why need yet another roast chicken recipe. This was much the same as others. The chickie was propped up by three halved onions. Two lemons were squeezed over it and the used halves popped inside. Surrounded by potatoes tossed with olive oil and herbs.) As a side (besides the potatoes), I roasted a bunch of Brussels sprouts; the extra ones are marinating for a repeat of that recipe.

While the chickie was roasting, I made Banana Bread (CC1, p553), my favorite banana bread recipe. Used sucre de canne for the sugar, and buzzed all in the food processor. Yum.

Saturday/4-Feb-12: Given the forecast snow for tomorrow and continued sub-0C weather, we did a bit more shopping today to have milk, bread, and more fresh veg on hand in case we can't go out for a few days.

Pizza tonight. (I wonder if that counts as bread?) Some of my faux pizza sauce (made from jarred roasted red peppers) on the bottom, mozzarella, grilled zucchini and eggplant slices, the rest of a jar of black olives, pitted and chopped, and goat cheese on top. Not the best crust I've ever made (same recipe, though), but quite tasty altogether. Dessert was store-bought vanilla-flavored fromage frais.

Sunday/5-Feb-12: Lacking room in the proper fridge, I put the remnants of the roast chicken in the outdoor refrigerator the other night, not thinking that it was really an outdoor freezer. Brought it in to pick the meat and realized that wasn't going to happen, so back out it went for later attention. Found two and a half bird carcasses in the freezers (chest and fridge), so making up a bucket of stock with those. Stock will spend the night outside, too, for finishing up tomorrow.

Dinner was Fusilli with Cabbage and Tomato (PastaHarv, p63). Made a whole dose and froze half. Surprisingly good.

Yogurt on overnight.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: yes, #2 BREAD: no, #3 SOUP: yes, #4 MIDDAY: no, #5 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #6 PASTA: January, yes; February, no

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