Monday, June 25, 2012

This week in the kitchen

Monday/25-Jun-12: Yogurt on overday. Authentic French Bread (Magic, p22) on overmorning,

Defrosted shrimp for Shrimp with Sorrel Sauce, but when I got ready to cook, I discovered that the sorrel had turned to oozy mush in the few days since we shopped. Weird and unpleasant. Last minute change to Shrimp with Lemon-Saffron Rice (web), loosely interpreted. Kind of so-so, but the rice was pretty good. Then some Pavé Normand, a new cheese for us, ok, but nothing special. Then a dog walk, followed by cocoa custards.

Tuesday/26-Jun-12: Started some Bread Machine Bagels (web) in the late afternoon, so that they were finishing up right when I was starting dinner. I didn't get the hole big enough (next time!), but they taste and chew just like bagels ought.

Dinner was halfish verison of Royal Chicken Cooked in Yogurt (web), which I see is a Madhur Jaffrey recipe. Served with Tangy Green Beas with Ajwain and Ginger (SpiceKitch, p38), an old favorite. (I really need to enlarge my repetoire of colorful side dishes!) Cooked the beans in the bagel water—why not? Also Aromatic Yellow Rice (MJ1, p153), a lovely and tasty rice side dish. Made a quarter of the recipe that's supposed to served six, and it was still a lot of rice for two. For dessert we had bagels, just plain old bagels, still warm from the oven.

Wednesday/27-Jun-12: Weather turned extremely hot today so I opted for a salad that involved no cooking. Defrosted some roast chicken bits and made a half dose of Chicken Salad with Yogurt (PatSalads, p102). This was a nice hot weather salad. Finished off the cocoa custards.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/28-Jun-12: Another hot day, perhaps a trifle cooler than yesterday. Shopping.

Dinner was a third recipe of White Fish Stew (web), which was good, especially after a good shot of Tabasco. Don't think the recipe was meant as a main course, though, since the portions would be pretty small. Followed by a salad, then the rest of the Pavé Normand, then a double chocolate mini Magnum.

Friday/29-Jun-12: An easy-peasy pasta dish, a half dose of Fettuccine with Preserved Lemon and Roasted Garlic (Essential, p355). Well, it was tagliatelle instead of fettuccine, but I won't tell if you dont. Very simple, very taste. Would be a good side dish also, when you need the lemony taste. Then a big salad. Then the last of the Strawberry-Sour Cream Ice Cream.

Saturday/30-Jun-12: Off to our local fête this evening. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Sunday/1-Jul-12: Dinner was a half-dose of A Moley (Curried Turkey Hash) (Essential, 452). Well, a half dose with all the spices still made a pretty bland dish. Served with peas and shallots which were quite good mixed with the curry. Served over rice.

Yogurt on overnight.

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

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