Monday, March 28, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/28-Mar-16: Home from Bach this afternoon. Dinner was pork paprikash from the freezer, served over Spaëtzle (MW@Home, p203). Then a big salad. No dessert since we're both still working on our small chocolate bunnies that travelled with us.

Put chicken onto marinate for tomorrow night. Made a whole dose of the marinade and froze the extra for another time.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/29-Mar-16: I forgot to mention last week, that the kitchen tiling is progressing very well. All surfaces have been done and the bits and pieces are going back in place. All that really remains is refinishing the untiled part of the window surround. And then Ed opened the window over the sink and the trim tile on one side fell off. Oops. He's got in back in place today, to be regrouted before long.

Dinner was Barbecued Raspberry-Hoisin Chicken (web), which is a winner of a recipe. I made the whole recipe of marinade and froze half. It would be good with pork chops also, we both thought. I broiled rather than barbecued, but that's what the recipe suggested. Serve with brown rice that had been mixed with a bit of rice vinegar (as directed) and asparagus with light topping of lemon-butter-shallots. A mini magnum for after.

A half-cup measure has disappeared, a mystery. Makes the set, one I've had a long time, incomplete. Sigh.

Wednesday/30-Mar-16: Shopping today. Before that, we took Pogo's baby sitters to lunch today, so nothing much happened in the kitchen, except some popcorn and fruit for dinner. 

Grouting has been finished again. Kitchen looking very nice. The salt, pepper, and timer shelves are back in place. With the cabinet raised to a decent level, there's no longer room for the tall, green S&P set, so they have to sit to the side, by the stove. This will work, I think. (I've had these forever. Bought them in Foley's bargain basement for 50¢, or maybe less. Don't use the salt shaker that much, but the pepper grinder is actually a really good one. Both very ugly.)

The window tiling is finished, again, and we hope the trim stays in place this time. The rest of the window surround still has to be finished. The coffee and tea shelves are back in place beyond the dish drainer. We plan on having only plants on the window ledge now, herbs and whatnot, plus a ceramic jar with vegetable peelers. We both were tired of walking over to the Ivar pantry for these, so have put them in a handier place at the left of this shelf.

And, yay, at the end of the peninsula, the switch for the lights and the electric outlets are back in place, tucked up under the cabinet. Behind these is the transformer than runs our American appliances, blender, food processor, etc.

The window surround still has to be finished and lights put under the cabinets left and right of the sink.

Thursday/31-Mar-16: Yay, found the missing half-cup measure in a flour bin.

Made two doses of Tart Dough (Tenth, p256), one for tonight, one for the freezer. Did a minor defrost on the kitchen freezer, whose door was ajar for a bit and was mightily frosted up.

Dinner was Beefsteak Pie (TLNewEng, p52). Good it was. I think the size of casserole dish asked is too big; I used one step smaller and it was fine. We will indeed get 6 servings from the recipe. The pie takes some time to assemble, but is fairly easy to make, and a lot of the time is unattended. I found this recipe a bit unusual because the onions are piled on top of the beef stew part under the pastry. Next time, I would cut them thinner (than the 1/4" asked), and maybe halve them. And maybe just stir them in right into the stew bit at the end.

Adding more veggies wouldn't hurt, but I just plopped some steamed haricots verts on the side.

Friday/1-Apr-16: Dinner was a half dose of Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli (web), which served two as a main course (instead of four). Easy and not bad at all. The sausage I used wasn't really Italian; instead it was an herbed country sausage. I added some red pepper flakes just to zing it up. It was good. Then a salad.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/2-Apr-16: Ed went to a movie this evening, so we had our main meal at lunch, leftover beefsteak pie, along with some broccoli stem salad and a regular big salad.

Neither of us are feeling very good. Colds coming? They're certainly going around. Hope I have the energy for tomorrow's planned meal.

Sunday/3-Apr-16: Yup, didn't feel like making the dinner planned, so we had Pasta with Zucchini, Smoked Salmon and Cream (web), which was good. Then a big salad. Then some ice cream and fresh strawberries.

We were puzzled why the fridge freezer continues to frost up even after I did a bit of defrosting. Ed finally noticed that the door was catching on the cabinet next to it. Seems like when he put it back into place after finishing the tiling, he got it too close to the cabinet. Oops. Might have to repeat my defrosting next week.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 1
This month: #3 PASTA: no for March; no for April; #4 BREAD: no for March; no for April; #5 FotW: yes for Feb/Mar; no for Apr/May

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