Monday/29-Apr-13: Made Myrtle Allen's Brown Bread (BeardBread, p74), a 100% whole wheat no-knead bread. This was really tasty, although it was a bit too long in the oven. Also, I let it rise a bit too much so there was no real "spring." But yummy and nice dense texture.
Dinner was a halfish dose of Linguine with Tuna Fish Sauce (PastaCarluccio, p24). Very good, fast and easy. Followed by a salad. Then we split a crottin of goat cheese.
Tuesday/30-Apr-13: The brown bread held up well overnight. It was really tasty for breakfast.
Lunch in Angoulême after Bill's arrival today; we were all stuffed. For dinner there was Chipotle & Garbanzo Bean Soup (SWCrock, p23; cookbooker), which was quite good for minimal effort.
Wednesday/1-May-13: FInished off the brown bread for breakfast today. It was still very good, which is pretty amazing.
Yesterday we bought some pork chops for tonight's dinner. This morning's email brought a recipe that included a Cajun spice rub. I made a third recipe of that (using a teaspoon where a tablespoon was asked). The interesting thing about that post was that it called for anointing the meat with Worcestershire and Tabasco after rubbing it, and letting everything sit for 15 minutes. So I did. Then broiled the chops about 5 minutes on each side. Served with an Ottolenghi salad. Then the three of us shared a little crottin de Chavignol. Then we had a third of a gaufre (waffle) each, with the last of the strawberry ice cream and some strawberries (not especially good ones) that I bought yesterday.
The rub was 2tsp salt, 1tsp cayenne, 1tsp back pepper, 2tsp paprika, 2tsp garlic powder, 2tsp onion powder, 1tsp dried thyme, and 1tsp dried oregano. It was a bit too salty, only 1tsp would be better probably. There's more left for another day.
Thursday/2-May-13: Dinner was Baked Chicken with Ethiopian Lentils (web; cookbooker), easy and good. Three of us ate it all up. Then a salad. And for dessert, Prune Coffee Cake (web; cookbooker). Very good and easy.
Friday/3-May-13: Barbecued some poultry merguez and sausages for dinner. Also had Broccoli Slaw (MC) and sweet potatoes mashed with orange juice and chipotle. Some Lemon-Zucchini Sorbet from the summer for dessert. Not a hit. I enjoyed the lemony taste, but Ed and Bill say they don't like sorbets. Would be a nice entremet perhaps, but not a satisfying dessert.
Saturday/4-May-13: Out all day. Dinner in Brantôme. Nothing happened in the kitchen,
Sunday/5-May-13: Lunch out today. Nothing much happened in the kitchen.
Progress on goals
This week: #1 IHCC/COOKBOOKS: yes, #2 VEG/FISH: 1
This month: #3 PASTA: yes for April; no for May, #4 BREAD: yes for April; no for May