Monday, July 11, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/11-Jul-16: Picked more than a quart of blueberries at friends' house while watering plants. This being a busy week, I'm not sure when I'll have time to do anything with them.

Dinner was Seekh Kebabs, Jeera Rice, Gujarati Carrot Salad, Cauliflower Relish, and Naan, all from 30MinInd.

Tuesday/12-Jul-16: Busy day today. BookChatters for me in the morning. Then both of us went to Soyaux, gassed up, pick up an order from Carrefour Drive, had lunch. Then I had an ENT appointment for checkup and to get a new T-tube in my left ear; appointment at 14.15, got in about 15.15, then a half hour wait for the local anesthetic to take effect, sort of, finally done about 16.00. A bit of shopping at Grand Frais, then homewards.

Dinner was Bean Salad with Shrimp and Curry Yogurt (web). A bit of an odd recipe. First, it's green beans, rather than cannellini or some such. Second, it's supposed to serve four, apparently as a main. Never. We had it all, served over brown rice, making a light, tasty meal for two. Too much honey. Too little curry powder. Pretty good.

Wednesday/13-Jul-16: Ate out at a music evening tonight. Nothing happened in the kitchen. Including the yogurt I was supposed to do.

Thursday/14-Jul-16: Yogurt on overday.

Made Sour Cream Fresh Blueberry Cake (MC), an old favorite, and left half with Shirley and Terry. Still have 4cups of blueberries to use.

Dinner was Salmon in Banana Leaves, Broccoli Sabzi, and Coconut Rice, followed by, yes, Sour Cream Fresh Blueberry Cake. Ed served this with cream, but I thought that was unnecessary gilding of the lily.

Friday/15-Jul-16: Off for a haircut this morning. Before I left, I started Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos (web), which was, yes vaguely Vietnamese. And not bad. Served with whole wheat flour tortillas and the accompanying slaw, which was ok. Should have grated the carrots and cuke. No Asian pear and didn't add anything sweet to compensate. Went well with the pork, which will serve only four, not 6-8 as advertised.

Yogurt on overnight.

Saturday/16-Jul-16: Made Bluebard Jam (SmallBatch, p37). Used a full packet of Vitpris pectin (~35g); it might be a bit stiff. Or not. And sucre de canne. Made four AH jars; two in the freezer, one for Shirley and Terry, one for us.

Dinner was a halfish recipe of Braised Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives (web) with three chicken thighs. (Lately chicken thighs come packaged in threes, rather than fours, which is somewhat annoying.) This was quite good, in spite of the fact that I forgot to add the "herb sachet" to the simmering chicken and sauce. (Have added that to the leftover sauce for when I rewarm it.) The chicken was browned, then braised, then cooked in the oven. It came out with a really crispy skin. Altogether very tasty. The recipe suggested serving with roasted potatoes or boiled noodles, neither of which appealed. I made some whole wheat couscous. Then a big salad, using the the blue cheese dressing. Then the rest of the blueberry cake.

Sunday/17-Jul-16: This morning I put lamb chops on to marinate for our dinner of Kashmiri Lamb Chops and Jeera Potatoes. Served this with Green Peas in a Creamy Sauce (Q&E, p87). After we ate, we went to the movies, hoping for ice cream cones, but there were none tonight, so we had mini magnums when we got back.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2
This month: #3 PASTA: no; #4 BREAD: no; #5 FotW: no for Jul/Aug

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