Monday, July 2, 2018

This week in the kitchen

Monday/2-Jul-18: Dinner was a halfish recipe of Coriander-Thyme Lamb Chops with Yogurt Sauce (CL/may15; web). Pretty good this was. Cooked the chops under the broiler. The honey in the yogurt sauce really wasn't necessary. With one store-bought tub of (full-fat) yogurt (125ml), there was more than enough sauce.  Served with Moroccan couscous, from the health-food store, and some asparagus steamed over water with a big sprig of mint and some lemon peel and topped with a vinaigrette of olive oil, lemon juice, and minced mint (Thesaurus, p130).  We enjoyed half of a bottle of Brousse Terre des Sens (Gaillac) as an accompaniament.

Tuesday/3-Jul-18: Using up lots of odds and ends from the freezer, dinner was a half dose of Poor-Cousin Paella (Secrets, p249), more or less. The meats were chorizo, cooked chicken, serrano ham, scallops, and shrimp. For veggies there was a green bell pepper, artichoke bottom, and green peas. Then a salad. Finished the Brousse for wine. Some chocolate topped madelaines for dessert.

Wednesday/4-Jul-18: Shopping today, a big one, refilling the larder. A storm came through while we were in the store. On the way home we saw the biggest hail we've seen since moving to Europe. Got home to find our pergola cover shredded. No other major damage we'd found. We're lucky.

Dinner was Spicy Swordfish and Artichoke Kabobs (web), made with tuna since there was no swordfish. The recipe says the fish and artichokes should be marinated at least four hours. Mine were only about 30 minutes; one or two hours might be nice, but overnight would be too much. Served with orzo and the last four asparagus stalks I had. (None at Leclerc today.)

Thursday/5-Jul-18: Dinner was late, since I was a bit disorganized when it came to cooking today. We had Baked Rishta (Noodles) with Eggplant I (Roden, p272; cookbooker). No fresh noodles, maybe later in the month. Good stuff, this, although it could have used a bit more spaghetti. Served with Spinach Salad with Yogurt (Roden, p68). Some fruit for dessert.

Friday/6-Jul-18: Dinner was Roasted Lemon Garlic Herb Shrimp (web). (Can't find the site where I got my copy of this, but that's the same recipe.) Then a big salad. Then some chocolate covered corn flake cookies. We had a visitor—one of our neighbor's rough-haired dachshunds was in our yard. Normally he's quite a barky thing, protecting his home turf, but was quite sweet in our yard.

Saturday/7-Jul-18: Early meal today before going for to a concert. We had Melon Zucchini & Pancetta (PatSalads, p22; cookbooker). Turns out I'd made it before but didn't write anything in the book. This time with serrano ham instead of pancetta, and with frisée, which we don't ordinarily like but worked here.

From the storm we've also found a broken tile on roof of the kitchen porch and a hole in the birdbath.

Sunday/8-Jul-18: Ed sang with Cantique today; pizza afterwards. Nothing happened in the kitchen, except ...

Yogurt on overnight.

Progress on goals
This week: #1 BACKLOG: no; #2 VEG/FISH: 2; #3 COOKBOOK: yes
Cookbooks of the month: A Book of Middle Eastern Food
This month: #4 PASTA: no; #5 BREAD: no; #6 GUESTS: no

No comments:

Post a Comment