Charlie has a coworker who grows her own organic vegetables and continues to share her bounty with us. We happily accept. Over this past weekend we had our lovely friends Alicia and Ben over to shoot some more comics. (They will be reprising their roles as Claire and Marv from the ongoing graphic novel 1000 Miles. Good stuff. undertoadcomics.com if you haven’t already checked it out.) Anyway, I naturally wanted to feed them delicious delicacies. We had my grandma’s steak and roasted potatoes (both previously featured) and then some Grilled Zucchini and Squash. After a poll on facebook of how best to marinate and cook them, I ended up with this. I’m not wild about it. But I’m not sure there’s a vegetable that I am wild about…so, that’s to be expected. Charlie said they were pretty good, nothing to write home about. I believe Alicia concurred.
Delicious concoctions from the Milwaukee Beck kitchen.
Finally! A meal with different parts! Not just a main dish! Sometimes I just get so focused on the main dish, that I forget to make a side. This time, I thought ahead. So, we had some couscous, and I picked some fresh lettuce and peas for Charlie’s salad. I also has been really, really wanting cookies, so I found a new recipe out of yet another new cookbook. I made these right when I got home. I adore molasses and molasses type cookies. Most delicious ever. I wasn’t intending to make molasses cookies, but as I was flipping through the index of this most recent book, I stumbled across Sugar and Spice cookies. Those sounded good. We have the ingredients? Yep. Ok, I’m making these. Then, not long after they were finished baking, I started on the real supper. The couscous came out of a box. It was just original flavor though, so I added some finely chopped garlic and some of Penzey’s Herbs de Provence. The real meal though was the Drunken Chicken. It came out of Momma & Me & You. It was “Momma’s” answer to a guest’s request for Coq au Vin. It was a good choice.
Saturday my parents came to visit. It’s been a while since they’ve been down and I wanted to make something nice…plus, I was dying to try out a couple new recipes. Sorry it’s been so long since the last post, food budget has been tightened recently, and that coupled with my tendency to go over whatever budget we have has toned down my experimenting. Anyway, for the visit I made hamburgers, roasted potatoes, Almond-Tumeric Potatoes, Three Pea Toss, and the Apple Kuchen for dessert. As we’ve already seen the roasted potatoes and the Apple Kuchen…and hamburgers just aren’t that exciting, the pictures here are only of the Almond-Tumeric Potatoes and the Three Pea Toss.
We had a roast in our freezer for a while. At Christmas we brought meat home from my parents-in-law and this was the last of it. The pepper from the stir-fry was still left over. For some reason only enormous ones had been at the store, so I had only used half of it for the stir-fry. There was also some leftover ginger root, rosemary, and mushrooms. Also, we had some baby carrots that were at the point of being no longer good for eating alone, but not rotten either. I thought a roast would be just the cure. Finally, I had some beef bouillon granules in the cupboard and some organic chicken broth in the fridge. So, I threw them together and came up with this. As I don’t eat veggies very much, well, I thought it was a little boring. Charlie ate the veggies with it and said it was quite good that way.
I’d been reading through THE BOOK and it kept recommending how to find a good wok, and the rhythm of stir fry, and this “asian fish sauce” of which I had never heard. Quite a while before I made this, I had read perhaps four recipes in a row recommending this fish sauce. So I went to work and asked some of my lovely Asian co-workers if they had heard of it and where to find it. Naturally they all had and one of them was kind enough to bring some in for me (as well as some oyster sauce and some Thai rice stir fry noodles. Thanks Payia!). Despite receiving all of this…It still took me a good month and a half or more to make use of it. I felt I couldn’t make a proper stir fry without a wok. So what did I purchase with some birthday money? Yes, a wok. It was delightful. Finally I had all the most necessary ingredients. I figured I could just throw together some meat and veggies and fry them up…but as I had never attempted it before, I thought a recipe would be nice the first time and variations could be made thereafter, once I was comfortable with it. So, I resorted to my favorite way to search, GOOGLE! It did not disappoint. I discovered this recipe and it was very delicious.
This dish sounded tasty…and I imagined the leeks would provide an easy side dish. The dish was tasty, the leeks cooked down quite a bit and therefore provided a rather scant side dish. The sauce for this one was quite yummy. (Same for the chicken with the cider vinegar earlier.)
Flash Chicken Sauté with Cider and Almonds and Green Beans with Lemon, Garlic, and Parmigiano Gemolata
The sauce for this chicken was quite tasty. The chicken itself, just pretty good. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s the quality of my meat…As in, “Roundy’s Brand” chicken just may not suffice any longer. To test this assumption, I bought non-Roundy’s Brand chicken for Friday’s fondue and Monday’s Chicken Pot Pie. We’ll have to see how that works. As for the green beans, well, they’re not one of my favorites, however, I did eat one and not spit it out. I suppose that’s an improvement. Regardless, Charlie was a fan of both (and not just because he’s my husband. He’d tell me if it were gross…or so he says…).