Monday, January 14, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/14-Jan-13: During the day, I looked, a bit belatedly, through Vie Pratique Gourmand's holiday issue. It's chockful of good ideas. Think I'm going to save it, rather than tossing it, and maybe I'll find some ideas for the next holiday season.

An early dinner so we could try going to the movies again. It was a half dose of Broccoli and Tofu Stir-Fry with Garlicky Hoisin Sauce (Raichlen1, p196) served over rice. And 2-1/2 cookies each. Good movie, it was, although we drove home in the snow.

Tuesday/15-Jan-13: What a day! Houseful of hardware errors. Chloe (the pellet-burning heater) didn't want to start. The netbook died and needed a software reinstall. The printer's ink system failed yet again. Chloe started on the fifth attempt. Netbook has been reinstalled but not completely reassembled. New printer has been ordered. Not much else happened. Glad there there were leftovers to reheat for dinner. It was Rice, Cheddar, and Spinach Pie again, with a salad, and some double chocolate mini-Magnums to cheer us up.

Wednesday/16-Jan-13: Another household hardware error today—the washer stopped washing! Handy Ed took it apart and order some brushes for the motor. The washer must be at least ten years old; we bought it second hand eight years ago and it was already two or three years old then. This is the first problem it's had, so if it's an easy and cheap repair, we'll keep it going. Afraid to discover what's going to break next!

Shopping today. Dinner was some spicy "fish fingers," dipped in yogurt thinned with a bit of milk (buttermilk substitute), dredged in a spicy mixture with cornmeal, then grilled, made with a nice piece of cod, today's special. Served with some hominy that's been in the fridge quite a while but looked ok. And some Pan-Grilled Zucchini (MJ@Home, p173). I grilled this with the fish, although it took a bit longer. Quite a nice way to do zukes, cut in half (although thick slices would do, grilled or broiled, then sprinkled with lemon juice, salt, pepper, ground roasted cumin seeds, and cayenne.

Thursday/17-Jan-13: Out for fish and chips this evening. In t.he afternoon, I made up some Seasoned Radishes (MJ@Home, p6) and some Roasted Almonds with Black Pepper (MJ@Home, p8), some munchies for tomorrow.

Friday/18-Jan-13: Yogurt on overday.

Oops! The outdoor crisper got a bit too cold last night when we forgot to close the shutters.

I loved yesterday's radishes and Ed liked the almonds. Oh well.

Dinner was Wild Rice, Mushroom, and Cheddar Tart (Raichlen1, p95). This was good and remarkably tasty for something that looked so bland. Then a big salad. Then some Zucchini Brownies (MC), which were tasty, if a bit on the flat side. Maybe my baking powder is off.

Saturday/19-Jan-13: Yes, baking powder was off. Well, it's dated 2009, so it's no big surprise. The replacement is dated 2012.

Made Stewed Dried Fruit (WofE, p388) for IHCC this afternoon. Meant to make this for last night's dessert, but got it done today for a snack. We've off the the énoisage for our evening meal.

Sunday/20-Jan-13: Dinner was Chicken Kebabs (VeryBest, p323), without the sauce. Kind of so-so, not especially good nor bad. Mashed a potato and a sweet potato together for a side dish. Dessert was stewed fruit over vanilla ice cream, the best part of the meal.

We're out of bread and the snow means we probably can't get out, so it's Authentic French Bread in the ABM overnight.

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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