Monday, June 15, 2015

This week in the kitchen

Monday/15-Jun-15: Dinner was tagliatelle with a half dose of Pasta with Fresh Fava Bean Sauce (web). Pretty good stuff. Then a salad. That was all.

Tuesday/16-Jun-15: Dinner was Smoked Salmon Potato Leek Torta (web). It was good. We ate half of it and considered eating more, but decided against it. Then a salad. Then some squares of chocolate with almonds. That was all.

Wednesday/17-Jun-15: We lunched in PĂ©rigueux today with a high school friend of Ed. (They were valedictorian and salutatorian.) Carrots and fruit and toetjes from the boulangerie for dinner. (We skipped dessert at lunchtime.)

Thursday/18-Jun-15: Ed discovered that one of his best buddies from high school died yesterday unexpectedly. A shock.

Clear-out-the-fridge pizza for dinner tonight. Zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli. That was all. Used a whole jar of roasted red bell peppers to make the tomato-free pizza sauce and froze two batches of it.

Friday/19-Jun-15: Did our shopping today rather than Wednesday. It wasn't too crowded (just after noon) and their was a good selection of veggies. Think we'll change our regular day to Friday now. Maybe this will give me a bit of impetus to go to the Thursday market in Montemboeuf too.

There was spitskool in the veggie section today, but it seemed to be without a label, so I don't know what it's called in French. Or in English for that matter. A pointy cabbage. Possibly my favorite cabbage.

Dinner was Mojito-Marinated Swordfish with Avocado Chopped Salad (web). Kind of so-so. The swordfish was good, as it is, but the salad should have been better. Radishes rather than celery, for one thing—a prettier crunch; or maybe some chopped, seeded cuke. Served with polenta. For dessert some riz au lait from the shop, a good brand but we both thought it a trifle too sweet.

Saturday/20-Jun-15: Leftover salmon-potato tart for dinner, with a salad. Then off to see a friend's band play. It's some kind of music weekend around here. Bands are playing everywhere.

Sunday/21-Jun-15: Made some cornbread today (to crumble and dry for Tuesday's meal) only to discover my baking soda, that expires in September this year, is dead. An open package of French leveure chimique that expired in 2007, fizzed like made when tested. Why?

Dinner was half of the "One Arabian Night" meal from RushHour tonight. That included Eggplant-Couscous Rolls (p92, RushHour), Carrot Salad with Cumin (p93, RushHour), and Gingered Peach Gratin (p94, RushHour). I used some of my non-tomato pizza sauce instead of spaghetti sauce. The carrot salad was good, as this kind of thing is. I served the peaches with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (don't tell Eating Well, please) and it was extra yummy. The cookbook provides a timeline for the meal, so you can work steadily through and have the meal ready in 45 minutes or so. This is the second meal I've made from it and we've been pleased with both.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 UNUSED: yes; #3 GRAINS: yes; #4 VEG/FISH: 6
This month: #5 PASTA: yes; #6 BREAD: no; #7 FotW: yes for May; no for June

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