Monday, January 7, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/7-Jan-13: Off to a movie this evening, so we had our main meal in the afternoon, a halfish, somewhat embroidered, version of Chili con Tofu with Beans (Hagler, p50). Served with some corn tortillas from the freezer. Finished off by the rest of the three kings' cake. Drove all the way to Limoges, sat through the commercials eating our popcorn, and then the VO (original voices) feature wouldn't play. Sigh. Next Monday perhaps.

Tuesday/8-Jan-13: Put chicken breasts on to marinate, then made Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake (web). Well, I sort of followed the recipe. I used a mix of white and brown sugar, and only 7 ounces, where 8 was asked. I had only 4 eggs in the house, not 6 as asked. And full-fat yogurt, not fat-free. Never mind, it was good.

The chicken turned into Coriander and Lemon Chicken (web). I didn't chunk up the breast, but grilled them flat with the filets opened out. This was quite tasty and easy, although I think using cayenne and ground coriander would be easier and about the same in flavor. Served with trio rice and some steamed broccoli. The cake was yummy too, but made a serious dent in my vanilla supply. (What you expect of a vanilla cake, of course.) MyAmericanMarket has been out for a while; I keep waiting for an email that it's in stock again. Oh dear.

Wednesday/9-Jan-13: Another day wasted waiting DHL. The package has been rescheduled for delivery "as agreed." Agreed with whom? Grrr... Will wait again tomorrow, I guess.

Dinner was (more or less) Gambas au Curry et Risotto (Saveurs mag Best of 2011, p 56, now MC). Pretty good, a risotto with coconut milk as part of the liquid, added near the end of the rice cooking. Then a salad. Then some double-chocolate mini Magnums.

Thursday/10-Jan-13:  Yogurt on overday. DHL finally arrived ... at 17.45.

I accidentally defrosted a chunk of pork Tuesday night, so made some crockpot carnitas today. Not as good as the last batch, but edible. Served with some of Mama's Garlic Coleslaw (MC). Cookies for dessert. Just as dinner was going to table a 2-quart pitcher of herbal tea in the fridge got overturned. What a mess. Didn't I just clean the fridge last week?

Friday/11-Jan-13: Shopping today at last. As I was preparing my shopping list, the spreadsheet where I do my meal planning went all whompy-jawed and caused a few moments of panic and a delay in getting the shopping list made.

An IHCC dinner this evening, Pakistani Goat Curry (web) and Gingery Cabbage and Peas (MJFlavours, p67). For afters, we had some store-bought semoule de lait, vanilla flavored, which was quite tasty.

Saturday/12-Jan-13: Dinner was Mirin Glazed Salmon (web), which was easy and quite good. Accompanied by Broccoli in a Fragrant Wine Sauce (HotWok, p156) and basmati rice. Followed by the last two semoules de lait. Nice dinner. Served not too late. Ran out of mirin, though; next challenge is to find that mail order.

Sunday/13-Jan-13: Dinner was Rice, Cheddar, and Spinach Pie (web), probably not too low-fat, but very tasty. Then a salad. Then Chocolate Soufflé Cake for 2 (MC), a nice little dessert that goes together easily while other things are cooking unattended.

I'm still thinking about what I want to do with cooking goals for 2013.

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

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