Monday, August 19, 2013

This week in the kitchen

Monday/19-Aug-13: Gathered yet more zucchini this morning; we skipped yesterday and have a lot to show for that!. Lots of little winter squash to come soon.

DId an interim shopping today while Ed went to the brico.

Dinner was a half dose of Ravioli with Roasted Zucchini (web). Good, and interesting that the zuke was roasted instead of sautéed. Then a salad. Then some mini magnums.

Tuesday/20-Aug-13: Made half of Lemony Zucchini and Bean Pasta Salad (web). Using more zucchini and green beans from the garden. And good it was. That was all.

Wednesday/21-Aug-13: Soup day. Made double doses, about four liters each, of two soups. First Curried Zucchini Soup (web). Made with chicken stock. Added 50% more curry powder and it still doesn't have a strong taste of curry. Maybe it will bloom in the freezer. Then there was Zucchini Garlic Soup (web). Used only a tiny smidge of the butter asked, plus a smidge of olive oil; used garlic broth; has powdered ginger added; tastes promising.

Dinner was, yes, more zucchini, a half dose of Zucchini Rice Casserole (web). Half of a recipe that should serve 12; we'll get 4 servings, a bit short. Had to improvise on some of the ingredients, and didn't bake the rice to cook it. Pretty good.

Oh yes, I also oven-dried some plum tomatoes. Got to use the timed cooking feature on the oven for the first time, since we went to a movie before they were done.

There are now only two smallish zukes in the fridge! With more on the vine, of course.

Thursday/22-Aug-13: Didn't feel like cooking tonight at all. So I asked Ed how he felt about going out to dinner. Not positive. How about eating the leftovers, he said. So we did, along with a tomato each (minimalist salad) and some corn on the cob. Then some mini magnums.

Friday/23-Aug-13: Shopping today, our "regular" one postponed since we also shopped on Monday. This week being pot luck at IHCC, meaning I could make something from Madhur Jaffrey, fish with eggplant and zucchini from the garden. Also shared this is Cook Your Books (see right column), which is a monthly thing similar to Cookbook Sundays.

Saturday/24-Aug-13: Out for an evening walk followed by a light dinner.

Sunday/25-Aug-13: Gathered yet more zucchini and winter squash plus a handful of haricots verts from the garden. I'm just reading that you can freeze slices of winter squash, so I may try that since we have lots in the house and lots more coming. Otherwise, I'll try to find a cool place to store a bunch of squash.

Oops, started to make a pad thai sort of thing for dinner and discovered I didn't have enough wide rice noodles. Onto the list with those, then replan. Made a half dose of Zucchini Sauce for Pasta with Tomato, Parsley, and Chili Pepper (Marcuc, p161). Had marked this to cook when I was making pasta, but the kitchen is in too much disarray for pasta right now.

Yogurt on 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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