Monday, December 19, 2016

This week in the kitchen

Monday/19-Dec-16: Christmas this week, feeling distinctly unholidayish. The situation in the US is sad beyond comprehension.

Dinner was a halfish recipe of Curried Cauliflower Soup (web). Distinctly boring, helped by a liberal application of sriracha. Glad I didn't make a whole recipe. Now I have a half of a cauliflower to do something with.

Tuesday/20-Dec-16: Finally getting onto the Time-Life Cooking of Italy book tonight. For the main, I very vaguely followed Ruhlman's Perfect Roasted Chicken (Twenty, p249). Instead of roasting it whole, I spatchcocked the bird, browned it skin-side down, then lined the cast iron pan with thick slices of onion and lemon, plopped the chickie skin-side up on those, and weighted it with another cast iron pan. Tasty birdie. There were Italian rice and broccoli for sides, both good.

Wednesday/21-Dec-16: Shopping today. Wanted chicken livers for our tweede kerstdag meal. None to be found. Leclerc's philosophy seems to be that you can have any two of livers, hearts, or gizzards. Today, livers were on the out. But there were lots of turkeys, those making frequent appearances at French xmas dinners.

We had a solstice dinner with friends tonight. We took the cheese platter. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Thursday/22-Dec-16: Ed asked for a salad for dinner, so I made the one I'd planned for the night before xmas. That was Avocat au Magret Fumé (VPG), sort of. Basically a regular sort of salad with slices of magret and avocado. Good. Then we ate much of the cheese we brought home.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/23-Dec-16: Used the smashed potatoes leftover from last Sunday to make some Shepherd's Pie loosely based on Alton Brown's recipe (web) and using ground beef rather than ground lamb. Pretty good it was. Some mini magnums for after.

Saturday/24-Dec-16: Busy today, but little accomplished. I didn't get as much done for tomorrow's dinner as I meant to. Oh well. Discovered I'd neglected to get fromage blanc for the bûche, so made a dash to Spar for that. Made up some little smoked salmon terrine thingies, lined with salmon, filled with cream cheese, avocado, dill, and chives. Just recall that I meant to put a dab of crème fraîche in there, but that didn't happen. Also made up some English Muffin Bread (BigGerman, p15) in the bread machine. The machine had a hard time getting going, but got the job done in the end. Of course, I realized later that I meant to make the Authentic French Bread from the same book. Might do some of that tomorrow.

Used up the cauliflower to make Cauliflower, Red Lentil, and Potato Curry (web). Served over rice. It was ok, but nothing special.

Sunday/25-Dec-16: Our Christmas meal got its own post.

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

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