Monday, September 5, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/5-Sep-16: Dinner was Salsa di Salsiccie—Sausage Sauce (TuscTable, p87; cookbooker) served over most of our remaining pici. I used the last of Hazan's sausage from the freezer to make about a 2/3 recipe. We ate it all, but it probably would have served three easily, and should have served four. Very simple to make and very tasty. Improvised a little salad of sliced cucumber (from the potager) and red onion with S&P, dill, sour cream, and a slog of white wine vinegar. We had some chocolate squares when we took Pogo for a walk.

Tuesday/6-Sep-16: This was clearing out the fridge day. We had Moroccan Eggplant Salad with Preserved Lemons and Olives (web), which was quite good. Used eggplants from the potager. And there was Broccoli with Preserved Lemon Yogurt (web), also good. Served over brown rice. (After I started this I realized it should have been couscous. Oh well.) Mini ice cream bars for dessert.

Wednesday/7-Sep-16: Shopping today.

Starting to cook from Time-Life's Middle Eastern Cooking tonight. We had fish and a radish salad, along with some plain couscous. And Crème Fraîche Ice Cream (MC) for after. All yummy.

Yogurt on overnight.

Thursday/8-Sep-16: Made up a batch of Guillano Hazan's Homemade Sausage (30MinPasta, p162; HandyBook) and froze it.

Dinner was leftover cheese-and-onion enchiladas and Spanish rice, with a new batch of guacamole. I had a bunch of avocados, but most were bad. So annoying.

Friday/9-Sep-16: In the morning I made a Peach and Raspberry Galette (web). The recipe is actually for peaches and blueberries, but I'd been told raspberries were good, and I had some in the freezer, so ... It was extra yummy. Any nice fruit combination could be used. I used my new Kenwood to mix the dough, but it might be easier in the Cuisinart, using Jones' alligator technique.

For lunch, I was going to made a salad with avocado and slices of dried magret. But, I found last night that my avocados were mostly bad and had none left for today. Instead, using the snow peas that I had in the fridge waiting to be used, I made, more or less, Salade Pois Gourmand et Magret de Canard Fumé (web); I had only a half fan on alternating peas and slices. Served with a bit of salad and a dressing of 1 part honey, 2 parts balsamic vinegar, and 3 parts olive oil. I was too lazy to go get the camera, since this was deserving of a picture and quite tasty.

We went to a picnic/play in the evening. Brought some bread, cheeses, wine, and the galette. A very enjoyable evening.

Saturday/10-Sep-16: The chicken didn't get marinate as long is it could have, but Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken with Lemon Grass (MJFarEast, p111; cookbooker) was still very good. I made a halfish recipe with three skinned chicken thighs, not cut into small bits. Very yummy. Served with some plain basmati rice and a half recipe of Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad (MaiPham, p40; cookbooker). For afters, we finished off the bits of cheese left from last night. Nice dinner.

Sunday/11-Sep-16: We had some of the galette for breakfast today. Something went awry with the last batch of yogurt. It has an odd texture and taste. After the first day, neither of us want to eat it, so I'll get a new starter when we shop next week.

Made a pot of chicken stock today, using only half the bones in the freezer. Will finish it off tomorrow.

Dinner was another meal from Time-Life's Middle Eastern Cooking, lamb and eggplant and the yummy radish salad again. Very nice dinner. We finished the galette for dessert.

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

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