Monday, January 8, 2018

This week in the kitchen

Monday/8-Jan-18: Our first bit of sun today in weeks, it seems. For dinner there was Spicy Thai Shrimp Pasta (web). I had half the shrimp and made half the pasta, but more or less all of the sauce; had only a medium, rather than a large, red bell pepper, so scaled the sauce back just a bit. It was dEElicious. As a side there was Thai-Style Broccoli with Garlic (web); pretty good, this was. And, guess what, some 3 Kings' Cake for dessert.

Yogurt on overnight.

Tuesday/9-Jan-18: We had lunch out today. Nothing happened in the kitchen.

Wednesday/10-Jan-18: Doctor's appointment for me today, with short trips to the health food store and Grand Frais. Home to put stuff up. A quickish meal of poultry sausages, polenta, and a bit of Crispy Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic (web), followed by a salad. Then some Chaource (bought for NYE), then the last bit of chocolate from our Paris trip that Ed found in our napkin basket. I'm full

Thursday/11-Jan-18: Doctor's appointment for Ed today, with more shopping in the Angoulême area, followed by our weekly grocery shopping plus a car wash.

Dinner was all old favorites, Lentil with Garlic and Onions (MJ1, p124) over Simple Buttery Rice with Onion (MJ1, p149) with Tomato, Onion and Green Coriander Relish—Cachumber (MJ1, p172). Yum. Then more Chaource, and followed by some chocolate truffles.

Yogurt on overnight.

Friday/12-Jan-18: Off to Pilates in the morning. Then thought I'd cook our meal before defrosting the refrigerator. But with one thing and another, it was too late to start defrosting after we ate.

We had Salmon and Spinach Curry (MadeIndia, p141), accompanied by Caramelized Onions and Jeera Rice (MadeIndia, p155) and an old favorite, Yogurt with Cucumber and Mint (MJ1, p162). Yes, there was fresh mint in the garden in mid-January! The rice was good, but nothing special; similar recipes in many books. The salmon was good, although I'm a bit doubtful about the recipe. First of all, the recipe serves four with 14 ounces of salmon. I had about that for two (a bit more than I usually get, but the smallest piece available). I more-or-less halved the rest of the recipe, although I went long on the spices. Because I had to deseed my tomatoes, I added a bit of tomato paste with the chopped tomatoes. I had only 200g of spinach, instead of 225 asked (for half). I didn't add all of this. I know spinach cooks down a lot, but it still seemed like a lot. I suppose I could have persisted, but I thought there was plenty of spinach.

Saturday/13-Jan-18: Picked last week's chicken and froze the meat. Started a batch of chicken stock. Made Kaye's Pickled Green Beans (MC) with some old green beans that still looked good. Ed doesn't really like these, and we have a suspicion that Ed may be allergic to green beans and snijbonen/runner beans. :-(

Our meal was latish, after the annual voeux de maire. We had a half recipe of Spicy Thai Red Curry Beef (CL; web) using some cooked beef from the freezer. This was easy and extra yummy. Served over long-grain brown rice. Some mini ice cream bars for after.

Sunday/14-Jan-18: Defrosted the fridge/freezer today. It's had a hard time lately and was in desperate need of defrosting. One of the freezer drawers has broken; Ed's trying to glue it together. I was pooped after. We went out for pizza.

One of the "latches" on my old Cuisinart lid has broken (and been reglued by Ed). I looked a bit for a replacement, but even Cuisinart doesn't admit to this model. It must be forty years old. It occurred to me that 3D printers might be a real boon for all these plastic gadgets. Need a part? It can just be printed when you need it. Wish Cuisinart would have the idea.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 3; #3 COOKBOOK: yes
Cookbook of the month: MadeIndia
This month: #4 PASTA: no; #5 BREAD: no; #6 GUESTS: no

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