Monday, April 20, 2015

This week in the kitchen

Monday/20-Apr-15: Without thinking very carefully, I planned an eggy dinner for tonight following last night's frittata. Maybe not, I thought last night. So a quick replan today. Grilled some merguez that I defrosted in the morning. There was an enormous sweet potato waiting to be used, so I made some smashed sweet pot (with oj and chipotle powder). Made Curried Carrot Salad (FastShulman, p284), without the capers since I seem to be completely without them, none in the fridge and none in the pantry (inventory failure). To use up a cuke and some green bell pepper, I smerged several recipes and ended up with a Cuke Pasta Salad: Boil up some tiny pasta (I used crozettes); peel, seed, and dice some cuke; shred some broccoli stems; finely chop some red onion; toss together with a dressing of crème fraîche, sherry vinegar, S&P. Not bad at all. No dessert needed.

Tuesday/21-Apr-15: Dinner was alfresco again. There was insata caprese, still early for real tomatoes, but it wasn't bad. Then some grilled bavettes that marinated most of the day. Served those with pasta tossed with Cilantro Pesto (PastaMach, p155). This pesto was a bit sharp, I guess from the garlic, but it was edible. That was all.

Wednesday/22-Apr-15: Yogurt on overday. I got up early to get it started, but forgot to push the Go button, so it will be done quite late. Oh well.

Shopping today. A big one. Lots of locally produced stuff on sale, including a fairly pricey bottle of cognac for Ed.

Really didn't feel like cooking tonight, so dinner ended up quite late. We had a half recipe of Merluza Merinera—Poached Hake Fillets with Tomato and Almond Sauce (TLS&P, p23).  (Hake is merlu in French, similar to the Spanish.) This was pretty good. Hake is a blandish fish, but has a  nice texture. Fairly easy to make, especially because ground almonds are readily available. Had planned to serve this with polenta, but found some new potatoes from the Île de Ré at the shop, so used those instead. Then a big salad. No dessert needed.

Thursday/23-Apr-15: In the afternoon, I made Yogurt and Fresh Pear Coffeecake (MC and GreenBook). This recipe is from an old newspaper clipping and makes and a really moreish cake.

Dinner was Tagliatelle with Provençal Red Pistou (web; cookbooker). The recipe says it serves 4-6; I made a half recipe, and it would have served three. Really yummy. Too bad I didn't make fresh pasta. Then a big salad, bigger than every because Leclerc had no 100g sacks of salad this week, so we ate all of 125g. We got a new box of cheeses-of-the-month today, so we started in on those after dinner. Then finished up with some coffeecake. We're full.

Friday/24-Apr-15: This afternoon I made Chicken and Pistachio Pâté (Ballotine de Volaille aux Pistaches) (BEFCC, p127; cookbooker). It's for a "do" tomorrow afternoon, so we'll see how it is then.

Dinner was an assortment from the freezer, beef and pork curry things, plus rice, plus some steamed broccoli. Then more from the cheese box.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/25-Apr-15: Well, the ballotine was a hit. Very good it was. I'd planned to make a salad for dinner, but neither of us were hungry, so we had a carrot each instead.

Haven't had a big session on clearing the recipe backlog lately, but have been going through assorted piles and tossing many recipes. I work on the pile beside my bed (collected in the first few years after we moved here) once or twice and week and am starting to see it dwindling at last. 

Sunday/26-Apr-15: Finished off the pear coffeecake for breakfast.

We had our main meal in the afternoon today, Curried Split Pea Soup (VegPress, p46). Served with Coconut Rice, as suggested, but didn't make that in the pressure cooker. The soup was pretty good, but desperately needed salt, which wasn't included in the ingredients.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 UNUSED: yes; #3 GRAINS: yes (split peas); #4 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #5 PASTA: no; #6 BREAD: no; #7 FotW: no for March/April

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