Monday, March 12, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/12-Mar-12: Today's excitement has been the new cat in the house; we've brought Oscar home. Didn't feel all that much like cooking, so made lasagna, as if that were a no-work dinner. Actually lasagna's not hard at all, just time-consuming. This was White Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables (RoastedVeg, p178; cookbooker). Served with a simple, big salad of mesclun, and that was dinner. As I serving the salad, I noticed a bit clod of dirt/mud on my plate and then noticed that the vinaigrette was a bit, um, muddy colored. Ed took a taste and found it all too gritty. So we plopped the lettuce back in the salad spinner and gave it a good wash. Made a new vinaigrette and started again.

Tuesday/13-Mar-12: For dinner, I did a very loose interpretation Dinde Mangue Paprika Allégée (Light Turkey-Mango-Paprika), a French recipe from the web. And quite good it was, if not reproducible. Followed by a nice salad of mâche with shredded beets.

Authentic French Bread (out of head) on overnight.

Wednesday/14-Mar-12: Well, now, that was a surprise. The bread is brown instead of white. I used the Type 65 (bread) flour that I bought on the open mill day. It looks white, but the bread is definitely brown. And good.

Shopped today. No basil to buy, but they did have sorrel. Not that we need it, but it came home with us anyway.

Dinner started with the big coeur de boeuf tomato I bought last week and now lovely ripe, with slices of mozzarella and a sprinkling of chopped chives. Then there was Haddock with Green Pepper Sauce (MC), with cod instead of haddock, because that's what there was. I made a half recipe, but all the sauce—tasty but too much; the rest will appear later. Plus a side of Ed's favorite, orzo. And followed by grilled grapefruit halves. My, my, those Ruby Red grapefruits I bought last week are seriously good, very juicy. Sprinkled with brown sugar and a slog of kirsch, then under the broiler for a while. I thought the sugar might caramelize, but it melted as soon as it touched the juicy flesh. Nevermind.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/15-Mar-12: Today's expected lunch out didn't come off, and what I first picked to make for dinner didn't work because the cupboard was bear of coconut milk. How did that happen? Instead, an old fallback, Artichoke Spaghetti (Art, p59), with some roasted red bell peppers from a jar needing to be used up tossed in. Then a very plain salad.

Friday/16-Mar-12: Steak-frites with Sally and Mike and Eric in Lèsignac. Only fruit in the evening.

Saturday/17-Mar-12: We had our main meal at midday today, since we went to a movie in the early evening. (After which, since neither of us were feeling peppy, we didn't join friends at a local Irish bar for a St. Pat's day celebration.) Lunch was Salad with Smoked Chicken and Peas (MC) followed by a square each of lasagna, which kept quite well.

Sunday/18-Mar-12: Dinner was Potato-Crusted Chicken with Olives and Red Wine Sauce, a recipe hanging around for quite a while in my 2BTried MasterCookbook. It was good too, although wrapping the chicken breasts in potato didn't work as it ought to have. Stacked on top and under was more like it. Served with broccoli and the sauce left from Wednesday's fish, a good combination, as expected

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

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