Monday, August 4, 2014

This week in the kitchen

Monday/4-Aug-14: Off to a movie in the afternoon, so a quick dinner. Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas (web). A little odd that the recipe wants to serve four with only 8oz of spaghetti. For the two of us, I made a whole-ish recipe with only 6oz of spaghtetti. Used lardon instead of bacon. Pretty good. Then a salad. Then we finished off the blueberry cake. A big piggy perhaps, but we wouldn't want it to go stale, would we?

Tuesday/5-Aug-14: Movie yesterday means shopping postponed till tomorrow. It was clean out the fridge night. I googled for recipes using smoked salmon and broccoli and smerged into a tasty pasta dish. It was really smoked trout, but I won't tell if you won't. For dessert with had a tiny bit of ice cream, finishing off a carton, topped with a bit of defrosted mixed berries.

Wednesday/6-Aug-14: Shopping today.

So, a few days, I came across a link to download a book called Good and Cheap (PDF file), written by a graduate student in food studies and aimed at people using food stamps. It looks to be a pretty good little cookbook. I hope they'll manage to get it printed at some point. Tonight's dinner was a half dose of Savory Summer Cobbler (G&C, p78), roasted veggies, topped with biscuit/dumplings. Pretty good, and very versatile, since it could be made with all kinds of veggies, as long as they roast in about the same time. Then a double chocolate mini magnum for dessert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/7-Aug-14: We had dinner in Limoges this evening before a concert. Nothing much happened in the kitchen.

Friday/8-Aug-14: Lunch out with friends today. Only fruit for dinner.

Saturday/9-Aug-14: A bit of a busy afternoon in the kitchen. I got started a bit late, so dinner was later than I would have liked. First there was something more-ish from Nigel Slater.

Having found no cilantro at the shops this week, I made Tamarind Chutney (IndLight, p286) instead of a cilantro-mint chutney. For the main, there was Baingan ka Tikka (Baked Small Eggplants with Curried Vegetable Stuffing (TLInd, p18), not the most successful recipe. I think this got translated for servings somewhere, but not too successfully. The recipe called for six small eggplants, 3-4oz each. Nothing that small to be found here; my small eggplants were probably about 8oz each (I didn't weigh them). So I made a halfish sort of recipe. The recipe asks for 1/2 pound of green peas, about 1/2cup. At about 1 cup, I had only 2oz. Something wrong there. I just made what looked like a good amount of the stuffing veggies. After you've stuffed the eggplant halves, they are topped with  a paste of besan, cumin, and cayenne. These should be turned paste-side-down and fried. How on earth would that work? There wasn't enough paste to cover the tops and everything would fall out if you inverted them. I just popped them under the broiler for a bit, but I really think even that was wasted. Just baking would have been fine. We ate only one eggplant half each and the other two are in the freezer for an easy dinner some night.

As a go-with, there were some Spicy Cucumber Wedges (MJ1, p172). I also made some Baked Onion Bhajis (web), a recipe which got some really good reviews recently. Not a rave here, but worth another try. We thought the onion slices were too thick for one thing. Next time I'll make them quite thin. Also I didn't flatten the bhaji patties as I should have, so some bits were not crispy as they should have been. They are supposed to bake for two 25-minute periods, but were getting quite done (some burned edges) 15 minutes into the second period. Oh well. Good tastes mostly, but presentation not the best.

Sunday/10-Aug-14: Yogurt on overday.

Dinner was a nice summer salad; too bad it's rather cool and rainy for summer. It was Fried Zucchini, Pea, and Quinoa Salad (web), a good recipe for using up your garden basil, if you have any. Ed brought up two big tomatoes from the potager this afternoon; we had one of these sliced, with more basil, for a post-salad salad.

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

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