Monday, January 30, 2017

This week in the kitchen

Monday/30-Jan-17: Dinner was Indian beef from the pressure cooker and Stir-Fried Green Cabbage with Fennel Seeds (Q&E, p88). I burnt the onions a bit for the cabbage dish, but we took those out and it was still good.

Putting stuff up in the Ivar shelves, I discovered we have another mouse friend. This one seems to like cascareccia pasta. I have a box and a cellophane sack of these, but neither seems to have an opening, so this is puzzling. Set a trap.

Tuesday/31-Jan-17: No sign of mouse friend this morning.

Off to finally get a haircut today. Very unhappy with result. Might be six months before there's enough hair to cut again, if I don't die of pneumonia in the meantime.

Dinner chili from the pressure cooker.

Wednesday/1-Feb-17: No shopping today, probably not tomorrow either. We had a clear-out-the-fridge dinner, kind of my standard, pasta with broccoli, the unused bit of cooked turkey, some roasted red bell pepper strips, some chopped black olives, all made into a sauce with pyramid goat cheese. Pretty good. Mini magnums for after.

Thursday/2-Feb-17: Horrible haircut. First time in public, ugh.

Dinner was cheese enchiladas with Mama's Spanish rice and my guacamole. Nothing else needed. (When I made the meal plan today, I forgot about leftovers. Have to make a quick adjustment in the morning before we go shopping.)

Friday/3-Feb-17: Finally did our shopping today.

Dinner was half recipes of Kerala-Style Fried Fish (30MinInd, p65), Spiced Beets (30MinInd, p88), and Coconut Rice (30MinInd, p100). The fish was merlan (whiting, perhaps) instead of flounder. Very tasty marinade/topping of puréed onion, garlic, ground coriander, cayenne, pepper, lemon juice, salt (a trifle too much), and grapeseed oil. Then dredged in flour and fried. Wasn't very pretty, but was delicious. The beets and rice we've had several times already. All were delicious. Then some store-bought pots de crème, also very good.

Saturday/4-Feb-17: Wild storm last night with very high winds. We were without electricity for over three hours, and for about 10 minutes some time later. Internet didn't come back till 21:30. Went early to the doctor this morning for walk-in visits, but he wasn’t there; no notice on door. Luckily I have another week of med left; I thought I had only a couple of days.

Early main meal today, partly to avoid the possibility of needing to cook in the dark. We had Pork Soup with Hominy and Peppers (HowTo, p43), which is a variation on a supper soup. For the spice I used Chris’s fancy chili powder. Kind of blah we thought. Fixed at the table with chipotle tabasco. Some individual Haagden-Dasz ice cream cups for after.

Sunday/5-Feb-17: I'd planned to make pasta today when Ed got home, but he had leftover soup for lunch and didn't feel like that. So we had a big salad instead (very big, because they only had very big sacks at the shop this week) and that was our meal.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3
This month: #3 PASTA: yes for January, no for February; #4 BREAD: no for January, no for February

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