Monday, April 14, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/14-Apr-14: Yogurt on overday with the lids on.

Dinner was a half dose of Emeril's Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage (web), using the last of my homemade Italian sausage from the freezer. And a big salad. That was all.

Yogurt didn't seem to be done after 11 hours, or maybe it was my imagination. Added two more hours then popped it in the fridge when done.

Tuesday/15-Apr-14: Yogurt was fine this morning. Yogurt with the lids on doesn't seem to have the skin on top that it does without the lids.

Shopping today. Bought strawberries and rhubarb off piste. Made Rhubarb Crumble (MC); it's good.

Dinner for Nigel Slater tonight, Herbed Salmon with Garlic Cream Sauce (p118, 30MinCook). Served with roasted asparagus (our first, and maybe last, harvest) and orzo. I went down to cut some asparagus only to find that Ed had been there first. He had over-enthusiastically cut every last spear, thick and thin, tall and short. Poor plant roots now have no way to gather energy for the rest of the season and the winter. With luck there are some spears just below the surface that he missed. Otherwise, this may be the beginning and end of our asparagus patch. We planted 20 and 18 took. How many will return?

Wednesday/16-Apr-14: Dinner was half of an Ottolenghi recipe of Gigli with Chickpeas and Za'atar (web). Good it was too. Not quite a vegetarian dish with anchovies and chicken stock, but close enough for our house. Then a salad. Then more of the yummy rhubarb cobbler. Since this is Potluck week, this could have been an IHCC dinner also, but I didn't think to take a picture.

Thursday/17-Apr-14: Nigel Slater again tonight with Lamb Hash (30MinCook, p179) using lamb from the freezer. Served with steamed broccoli dressed with olive oil, pepper flakes, and garlic slivers. I was too full for dessert; Ed ate the odd mini Magnum we have left from company.

Friday/18-Apr-14: Pizza night tonight. Grilled eggplant, zucchini, and broccoli, some chopped artichoke bottoms from a can, some chopped olives, mozzarella, and goat cheese. I'm thinking my non-tomato pizza sauce may actually be better than the tomato kind. We split a classic magnum for dessert.

Saturday/19-Apr-14: There's one fat asparagus coming up right now. Doesn't look too good for the asparagus patch.

Nigel Slater yet again, using up the cooked lamb from the freezer. Lamb in Spiced Gravy (30MinCook, p179). Served with Green Beans with Ginger (MJInvite, p151) and plain basmati rice. For afters we split a cornuelle I bought at the boulanger this afternoon.

Sunday/20-Apr-14: Yogurt on overday.

For lunch, using odds and ends from the fridge, I made pizza sort of things on halved pitas, with pyramid goat cheese, the remaining grilled veg and artichoke hearts from the proper pizza, a chopped tomato, and I forget what else. This turned out to be too similar to what was on the dinner plan, and neither of us were very hungry. So we had ravioli alla panna with some frozen spinach, pine nut, and raisin ravioli. And a salad. That was all.

Started ice cream for tomorrow.

The three Nigel Slater dinners got wrapped up in a single post for IHCC.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 COOKBOOKS: yes; #2 VEG/FISH: 4
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 FotW: no; #5 BREAD: 0

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