Rorshach is fine with a can of beans, uncooked. I'm slightly pickier.
OK, so, I have got
to start blogging these as they happen. There are two pictures in my phone where I vaguely remember making the dinners, but buggered if I remember what I did, or, in one case, what one of the ingredients was (can't recognize it from the picture). So here's a bunch that I do remember, and I'll remember to blog tonight's dinner tonight or tomorrow.
Rainbow chard, cocoa nibs, ribeye steak, Israeli couscous, hard peach cider.
Oh, hell, what'd I do? Um. I cooked the couscous in the cider, I remember that. Ooh, I ground up the nibs with some coffee, salt, and various other spices and made a spice rub for the beef. The chard...um. Sliced up, sauteed, maybe? Balls, don't remember. Let's try another one.
Squid ink pasta, chicken breasts, plums, apple cider, Nila wafers.
OK, this one I remember. Michelle's kids were in town, and they picked most of the ingredients (the pasta I had already decided on). So I ground up the Nila wafers with an equal amount of bread crumbs to offset the sweet (having learned this lesson with graham crackers), breaded the chicken with that and some herbs, and cooked 'em off in some olive oil. Pasta, duh, just cooked, but then I made a sauce with the cider reduced down, chopped up the plums, added some spices n' stuff. Tossed the pasta in that. Very tasty. Squid ink pasta is naturally salty, so having a sweeter sauce worked.
Bok choy, catfish, canned chicken (seriously, Michelle?), cranberries, spring roll wrappers.
Double meat. OK, then. I cut the leaves off the bok choy, sauteed with some onions, cooked off the cranberries in some wine, mixed all that with the chicken, blended it, used it to stuff the spring rolls and friend 'em in some oil. Catfish I just cooked off in the pan with some salt and other seasonings (sorry to be vague, I don't remember!). Bok choy I know I did simply; cut up into strips and sauteed in bacon fat, maybe?
Black tip shark, mangoes, purple potatoes, ginger, brussel sprouts.
Ooh! Shark! I don't normally buy shark on ethical grounds, but it was cheap and I wasn't sure about the sustainability of black tip (which aren't as big, as I recall). Anyway.
So, I'm not a fan of mangoes, but I'm warming to them. I made a mango salso (tomato, onion, lemon juice, mango) for the fish. I grilled the fish (marinaded: soy sauce, shredded ginger, salt). I made mashed purple potatoes with goat's milk (so as not to kill Michelle), and pickled the ginger in wine and mixed it in to the potatoes. In retrospect, I wish I'd have blended the ginger, but it was tasty.
Brussel sprouts, I sauteed in olive oil with some liquid smoke, which worked out nicely. First time I've made them without bacon.
Lobster, lemons, white rice, shallots, sun-dried tomatoes.
Originally it was applesauce rather than rice, but then I discovered I didn't have applesauce (I thought I had some handy). Which was good, because that was annoying me. Anyway, stir fry! Boiled the lobster with some lemon juice, thyme and butter, then took out the meat. Meanwhile, I made a stir fry with the tomatoes, shallots, some bamboo shoots and some water chestnuts, then mixed in the rice and the lobster. I made a sauce with lemon juice, soy sauce and some ginger and tossed that in. Good stuff.
OK, last one, but no damn picture because I was too busy cooking. Last night we had: Yams! Chicken breast! Cabbage! Pickles! Plum wine!
I poached the chicken in the wine, with some chicken broth and curry. I sliced the yams up into thin discs, and then made a mix of goat's milk and goat cheese, layered the discs with that, topped with white cheddar, pop into oven! I sliced up the pickles and the cabbage, added apples and carrots, and made a slaw (vinegar, sugar, oil) that turned out really nice.
Phew. I'm finally caught up.