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Yesterday, I completely forgot the challenge in the morning and had a boring but functional and tasty English muffin with ham on one side and taramasalata & smoked salmon on the other. It was our day for the zoo, so I had a baked potato in the zoo cafe, and then pizza at home for tea. So today is catch up.

Fridays, we normally eat no meat. I fancied something with pickled walnuts, and my normal recipe for this feeling, pickled walnut & saffron pilaff wouldn't be new. So I googled, before finding nothing suitable and giving in, we had pasta with pickled walnut and cheese sauce:

Chop & sweat as many onions as you can be bothered (I used 3 onions). Now would be a good time to throw in random veg (I used a bulb of fennel) Add a spoonful of cornflour and a splash of milk, mix to a roux, then add about half a pint of milk. If you haven't lost your blender attachment, blend (well, that was my intention anyway). Add a boursin (I actually used President alternative, because Ocado suggested it as a cheaper option) and stir. Chop or crumble half a jar of pickled walnuts, and add those.

Judith doesn't eat sauce, that was about right for three adults and a baby (one of the adults is a teenager, but foodwise, same thing).

Then for pudding I made
chocolate caramel cake in a mug. It would have been better if I'd made them separately, rather than mixing 4x quantities and attempting to microwave them all at the same time. Also, if I'd had proper baking caramels, rather than just using elderly chocolate caramel sweets. I haven't managed to source salted baking caramels, they sound amazing so if you know where I can get some, or even tell me a brand name, I'd be very grateful.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (cookbook project)
So, I made two meals that I didn't document yet. One from 'How to Entertain': I made sausage hotpot (which was actually quite nice, but not really special) and individual pineapple trifles (which had no custard! Very odd)

Then I made Bean dumplings with spicy shrimp sauce (liked the sauce, didn't like the dumplings) followed by beef and maize stew (very extremely delicious... Judith in particular loved it) from my South American cookbook, which I cannot now find, either my copy or online.

Lastly, a different kind of cookbook: The ABC of Healthy Eating for Babies and Toddlers.

I made Liver casserole and real fruit jlly, which is one of the meals from the meal planner included. The liver casserole was unusual in that the liver was poached instead of fried, and it contained apple. Fruit jelly was as you'd expect.



That's Colin's on the right, and Judith's (which has been blended a little) on the left.


Apple juice jelly with raspberries and pieces of mango and apricot.

Actually, my jelly didn't set properly, so we had yoghurts last night and will eat the jelly today. It set now.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (dinner party)
So, we decided to do the cookbook project that [livejournal.com profile] nou_cooks does. So, Colin chose a book, the 'BBC Good Food Let's Cook 52 Simple Suppers'. Due to a surprise (but very welcome) dinner invitation from [livejournal.com profile] libellum, we ended up having the pudding yesterday and the dinner today.

Anyway, it was:

Orange Crumb Salmon (Salmon fillets topped with a breadcrumb mix and roaasted. The breadcrumb mix is breadcrumbs, olive oil, orange zest and parsley. It has a sauce of mayonnaise thinned with orange juice and more parsley. I forgot to buy mustard powder, so had to use English mustard from a jar, and the mayo was a bit mustardy, but never mind.)
Warm potato and broccoli salad (potatoes and broccoli parboiled, fried with an onion, and then a dressing of oil, mustard and white wine vinegar, with crispy bacon stirred in.

Lemon curd brulee (Cream and lemon curd, bruleed)

All the dishes were very nice, and I'll probably make them all again; the salmon recipe would probably work with chicken fillets instead of salmon.

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