Monday, September 12, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/12-Sep-16: Busy in the kitchen today. Reheated yesterday's chicken stock, strained it all, and froze four 2-cup tupperwares.

Didn't weigh them, but I seeded probably 3kg of tomatoes from the potager. Ed brought in almost 2.5kg yesterday and there were already quite a few here. Simmered those for a good long while, puréed them, simmered a bit more, and finally put 4 2-cup ziplocs in the freezer.

For lunch I made two Oeufs Cocottes Tandoori (VPG, web). Simple and quite nice. Some (store-bought) tandoori paste is stirred into cream (about 1/4cup per person). This is divided between small dishes (cocotte), topped with eggs, and popped into a 400F oven in a bain marie for 10-12 minutes. Ed really liked this.

Didn't really feel like cooking after being on my feet for so long. We had a salad for dinner (no tomatoes!), followed by the last of the crème fraîche ice cream.

Tuesday/13-Sep-16: Lunch out today with Victor and John, followed by visit to the glove factory in St Junien. No evening meal needed. Big storm came through. Lightning threat meant we had to shut down internet. Big blow meant we had to undo the top of the pergola.

Wednesday/14-Sep-16: Big blow last evening, but just a bit of rain here. In Cognac they had two weeks' worth in an hour. Result: floods. Yes. that's what happens when a lot of rain falls and the ground is dry as a rock. We had very little rain and very little damage.

Shopping today. Leclerc continues on their expansion. It's loud and everything is hard to find.

Dinner was Seared Salmon in Dill Avodaise Sauce (web). Not sure why the fancy name; it's just avocado with lemon juice and fresh dill. I cooked the salmon under the broiler. Good stuff. Served with trio rice and some havicots verts. For dessert, some of the Faure cake we bought yesterday.

Yogurt on overnight. Not sure I bought the right starter. Can't remember the one we like best. We'll see.

Thursday/15-Sep-16: Ate out for my birthday, and visited a winery. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Friday/16-Sep-16: We had an interesting lunch today, but I seem to have lost the recipe clipping on the way upstairs. A pizza sort of thing, with squares of lavash as the base. I saw these at the store Wednesday and picked them up as an impulse buy. More or less following the recipe, each piece is spread with soft goat cheese (yay for pyramid cheese!), sprinkled with za'atar, sprayed with olive oil, then topped with a mixture of slice, oven-dried tomatoes (from the freezer) and finely chopped red onions. All under the broiler for about five minutes. Yum.

Another Middle Eastern dinner tonight a frittata sort of thing plus a yummy spinach side dish. Ed opened a bottle of Juliénas for dinner, saying we didn't have to finish it, but of course we did. So I'm feeling a bit tipsy. The wine was very good.

Saturday/17-Sep-16: This was a day for roasting a chicken. I made Perfect Roasted Chicken (Twenty, p249). This is the same as Thomas Kellerman's recipe that goes around sometimes. A very good chicken. The trick is to dry it very well, liberally sprinkle with coarse salt, then cook at a high temperature. I put this one on a bed of potato chunks, that turned out to be quite delicious. Served with stuffed tomatoes.

Yogurt on overnight. Back in the saddle. The starter is fine.

Sunday/18-Sep-16: Ed finished bits of painting in the kitchen, around the window and other bits that needed touching up. The window surround remains white for the light in winter. Now the question is whether to paint the wood (inside of window, now blue on the outside, and door) and what color?

Dinner was Simple Sicilian-Style Grilled Steak (web), made with bavettes. Quite tasty it was. Served with a pasta that I think was labelled Israeli couscous when bought (anyhow, quite large balls of pasta), with a Middle Eastern cabbage salad, followed by a custard for dessert.

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

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