Send us some snow!
Last week was a blur with sending kids back to school both locally and not-so-locally.
Note to parents of college and high school-aged children
It Does Not Get Easier to see your bouncing baby (at least in your eyes) go solo through security and off and away.
And the corollary--
It's rather painful for the child at home because Teenage Boys Do Not Appreciate Being Smothered. At All.
So this mother is cooking and then sending a food care package, of course! Here's what's cooking this week.
Bought mushroom/artichoke pasta with pesto sauce. If it didn't come in a takeout container, it still counts as cooking.
Tuesday in the OvenMayonnaise Chicken
, roasted tomatoes
and roasted asparagus
. Maximize the oven. Plus, the radiant heat carries over into where we watch TV. With store-bought jalapeno cheddar bread, pickled lemons from Israel and homemade pickled green beans.WednesdayOrange salsa pork chops
, chard and jasmine rice. Another 1-pan dinner, plus rice cooker.ThursdaySpicy turkey burgers
and roasted sweet potatoes.Mollusca FridayClam and canellini bean soup
. And bread for sopping things up.
There may be some change-ups as I just noticed that this week is a little rice-light. Also trying to make homemade granola. It uses flaked coconut, so I hope not to set the oven on fire. Again.
90 degrees one day and 55 degrees the next. Try cooking, let alone dressing for days like this.
shorts, pool and grill today
Sweaters, umbrellas and the oven tomorrow
But we are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Transition seasons mean taking advantage of spring vegetables; think greens and asparagus, as well as the occasional kabocha when the weather gets cold.Monday
Sunny and pleasant. One of those trademark Bay Area days. Misoyaki Butterfish
, My Mom's Japanese Coleslaw
and rice. Butterfish was fresh and on sale yesterday. Even better, we had it grilled instead of the usual bake. Great when grilled, and is updated as such on the recipe.
Still pretty nice, but clouds are a-coming. Having Macadamia Arugula Pasta
because the arugula in the garden is happy and waiting to be eaten. Wednesday is Rain Day
Oven cooking. Mayonnaise Chicken
, Roasted Asparagus
and TBD cooked potatoes--likely also roasted somehow.Thursday is Grill DayGrilled Pork Loin
panini with mushrooms and Jarlsberg cheese, or sriacha mayonnaise and leftover coleslaw.
The husband made a great and very easy pork loin rub/marinade over the weekend. This means we bid adieu to the pre-seasoned pork tenderloins. The new method is just that easy, and no preservatives. As a bonus, we can make a lot and keep the rest for sandwiches during the week. Recipe posting later this week.Friday
Daikon was also on sale and looking very fine. It's still too cold for Na-omi-take tofu
, so I'm trying a modified agedashi tofu
. Pan saute or grill tofu slices brushed with a little sesame oil. Grate the daikon, mix with ponzu and green onions. Slather over the tofu and eat. Braised kabocha
to balance out the high-strung flavor of daikon/ponzu. Rice and kim chee. I do like the sound of this meal already.
Adventures from Vancouver start this week too. Eat Well. Be Well.
A good week of leftovers means no wasted food. While my children don't hear the "starving babies in third-world countries" saga that my mother always told me, they know better than to argue when leftovers are the meal du jour or in this case, de la semaine.
Quiche is long gone, Costco chicken picked to the bone, hard-boiled eggs made into sandwiches and after-schools snacks, and the last of the ham and Greek salad
are getting eaten today. Plus, a long-forgotten recipe for salmon cakes was revived.
Here was the highlight leftovers meal.Salmon cakes
New recipe in the Greenhouse, working out measurements.
Leftover Greek Salad
The lemon juice makes this salad keep well. Just keep the feta cheese on the side and add it at the time of serving.Purple rice
from last week's purchase at Hankook.
The rice doesn't taste that much different, but it looks pretty.
Easy roasted asparagus
is a new addition that is pretty well based on the Barefoot Contessa, who I adore. We've made it twice, and it was a hit at Easter brunch.Click here
for the recipe.
Good food makes good leftovers. Eat Well. Be Well.