California fresh, I have missed you
Leftover curry + tonkatsu = Katsu curry!!
After travelmania, I'm very happy to be back home.
And so for Lent, I'm giving up eating like I'm traveling, and hopefully traveling too. This is not a sustainable pattern unless I'm planning on gaining a lot of weight or training to be some kind of Olympic athlete in a sport where middle-aged women can excel.
So here's what's cooking this week.Meatless MondayOn the Fly Orzo Salad
. With 70-degree weather and daylight savings kicking in, we may even eat outdoors.TuesdayChicken apple sausage with red peppers, onions and zukes
. I've noticed that Spaniards and Bostonians do not believe chicken sausages. No recipe required.
(Leftover Japanese curry
stored from the freezer + Tonkatsu
and salad.Nearly Meatless ThursdayOkonomiyaki
with kamaboko and a bit of char siu. Easy comfort food and minimal meat.Fish on FridaySimple Salmon
baked with rock salt and fresh cracked pepper (no dill this time), rice, and roasted asparagus and tomatoes. I may add some tea rice at the end.
We had the fancy version of this at the Pineapple Room a couple of weeks ago, but it will be nice to have the home cooked simplicity.
Thank you all for keeping me honest with the weekly menu schedule. Your support is much appreciated!
Aloha to all.
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.
Skipping meat this time.
My favorite holiday approaches and I can't wait! However, teenagers still need to be fed, so here's what's cooking for this short week.
Meatless Monday, Buy a Turkey and Start Chopping!Yakisoba with veggies. A teeny bit of pork makes this very much richer, but it's still good sans animal. Would not recommend adding tofu in this case.Turkey Saga, Day 1
If you haven't already done so, best to pick up a turkey today. We have been getting fresh Diestel turkeys for years now. It was recommended that we get a hen (girl) rather than a tom (boy). There is no difference in price, and I've not a clue why, but we went with what the Turkey Whisperer told us.
While I love the citrus brine
, The husband is trying out a new brine with allspice, cloves, onion, garlic, brown beer ale. I guess the relatives now know they are human guinea pigs once again.
I am also trying out a new old stuffing, based on a Sam Choy recipe. Macadamia nuts, apples, raisins and either bacon or pork sausage. Plus our more traditional cornbread stuffing
. Again, the relatives will surely weigh in here too.TuesdayKorean chicken soup. It's getting cold for California, so we need soup and a little kim chee to keep us warm.WednesdayGyros. We've been on a Mediterranean kick lately.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
We will not be having chocolate for dinner. But dessert is pretty close on its heels. No. This is Not My House.
Meatless MondaySimplest Spaghetti Sauce.
The husband made this in a wok this time and it was a successful cross between spaghetti and pan-fried noodles. Unconventional, but it worked.Minimally Meaty Tuesday
Chicken and Bok Choy
stir fry. Just a little oyster sauce. Thirty minutes, start to finish, including making the rice.WednesdayMa Po Tofu
. Another 30 minutes start to finish.Happy Halloween ThursdayBraised Kabocha
and My Mom's Miso Soup
. Just because it's funny to have pumpkin on Halloween. And we shall have no dead flesh for Halloween either. And hopefully some leftover Snickers, Hi-Chew, Three Musketeers and Milky Ways.FridayOkonomiyaki
, with char siu.Extras from the Trader Joe's run
1) Simply almonds, cashews and chocolate trail mix with unsalted pistachios mixed in
2) Coconut cashews
. Good with milk and granola or mixed in with work-oatmeal.
3) Maple pecan granola.
Happy Halloween to all!
Kaiware spaghetti from Curry House
This week, we aim for homey-food, even with one eating out day, and this is only because no one in the household can resist discount days at Curry House.
Here's what is cooking at home this week. No fancy-shmancy restaurants this week.Meatless MondayAlmost Alfredo Pasta
with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. This was a bit leftovers roulette using leftover packets of Parmesan and Gruyere cheese from quiche
Taking advantage of 20% off coupon from Curry House, and one of us extended to meatless Tuesday. Our local Curry House is also next door to Kee Wah Bakery so I had to get some sponge cake and taro buns.WednesdayFrom Scratch Pork Loin
made into sandwiches. With the rest of the arugula from Monday.ThursdayMediterranean Lamb Stir Fry
, while string beans and red peppers are still in season.Fish on FridayFurikake Salmon
, My Very Own Namasu
and Rice. All-purpose Japanese dinner. Or breakfast.
I'm looking forward to some creativity cooking and extras this weekend too, includingFurikake Chex Mix
so I can lay off the potato chips and bring some snacks into work.Sticky Rice with Mangoes,
I also saw a 'recipe' for sweet potato chips that I may try with Okinawan sweet potatoes.
There's no place like home! Especially the kitchen.
Not so pretty, but a good balanced taste
Like the pond scum drink
from awhile back, green curry is one of those things tastes so much better than it looks. And this is how we start October.Meatless MondayGreen Curry with Tofu
. Let's just say green curry doesn't photograph very well, even with A Lot of Filtering (see left). And tofu does it no favors. However, this was a Very Tasty Dinner. Green curry paste, a squinch of fish paste and a can of coconut milk. Plus nuts and dried cranberries. Yum.TuesdayTonkatsu
, shredded cabbage and rice. Everything about this makes for a happy weekday dinner.Ad-Hoc WednesdayNo recipe needed for dinner
. A sturdy meal of pasta with turkey sausage and arugula. Seasoned with white wine, chicken stock, pepper flakes and parmesan cheese.
No piggies today.
We had a weekend BBQ and are starting out with Bulgogi chicken
leftovers, yaki musubi
and ume for lunch.
This is a very good way to start out the day, especially when you are looking at a day full of back-to-back-to-back meetings. And the first one starts at 7AM. Coffee, please and thank you.
with lots of onions, carrots and green beans. No meat and not even kamaboko. Apple raspberry pie from Avila Valley Barn
(and Bakery. A friend took their kids back to college and brought back a pie for us.Experimental TuesdayGreen Curry Pattycakes
. Yet another experiment from the latest issue of Cooking Light.WednesdayMy Own Chili
and Fritos. I love chili and I love Fritos. This is reason enough to have it for dinner. Taking a break from the Zippy's version this time. And the leftovers can be frozen or used for nachos.ThursdaySalt and pepper shrimp
. We haven't had this in a long, long time, and it's due, especially since it cooks so fast.Slow Down FridayRagu that is not from a Jar
. I'm hoping to work from home at least part of the day today, so we're going with a slow cook today. And with handy-dandy Cooking Light, there is a suggestion for making this lighter and faster. We shall see.
Look for bacon cauliflower mac and cheese
to post later this week. Quinoa meatballs are a no-go.
Everything about this makes me happy.
It has been far too long since we have tried new recipes, so three experiments to kick off the school year. Thank you to Cooking Light
and the last week's Food section of the newspaper. Finally a chance to peruse for new yum.Meatless and Experimental Monday
It is quite an accomplishment that Carnivore Husband chose to make a spicy sweet potato/garbanzo bean patty
, from the print version of Cooking Light
The texture was like hash, but without the corned beef. Definitely a keeper (husband and recipe). Full of jalapeno, lime and a drizzle of sriracha sauce to finish it. Look a posted recipe this week.Semi-Experimental TuesdaySimple spaghetti
with quinoa meatballs
, also from the printed Cooking Light
. We tried to use quinoa instead of breadcrumbs. Not going to be a repeater, mostly because quinoa has a very strong flavor all by itself.Self-fulfilling Hypothesis Wednesday
Bacon cauliflower macaroni and cheese. There is no way this will be bad. Cooking Not Light and I predict a very high probability that this is a repeater.
. A return to the tried and true. Plus rice and a green salad.Freezer Friday
The rest of the Crock Pot BBQ Pork Sliders
because Carnivore Husband had the good sense to make a double batch. Perfect for the I-don't-want-to-cook Friday.
Wishing kids and parents a smooth transition to back-to-school!
The Working Parent.
End the week with this!
The week after Labor Day is what we all internalize as the first full go-to-work/school week. And lo and behold, a weekly menu on Monday.Meatless MondayGreek Pasta Salad
. Cukes, red peppers and tomatoes are all in season. Feta cheese and kalamata olives are available all year round. Perfect for outdoor dining for the full week after a holiday.TuesdayBulgogi Chicken
sandwiches. Apparently Korean food has become the new 'it' food. We've wrapped bulgogi a few times, but this time, we'll make sandwiches with kochjang mayo, summer tomatoes and green onion bread.WednesdayJapanese potato salad
for birdie #2. Another favorite that will get rotated in more frequently as now-in-college-Birdie #1 did not care for hard boiled eggs, corn or ham, which are all essential for this. Everyone is happy.ThursdayTonkatsu
, shredded cabbage and rice. We had this in Japan and I cannot stress how good this was in Japan. Mountains of shredded cabbage are everywhere there. We'll aim for reasonable facsimile.
Fish on FridayFish jun with kochojang sauce
. Not too long to make and never any leftovers. The latter is very important for anyone who has taken leftovers to work for lunch and experienced "Post-Fish-in-the-Community-Microwave" Syndrome. Blech. Ranks up there with "Burnt Microwave Popcorn" disorder and chronic condition of "Burnt Bottom of the Pot Coffee"
Have a good week all. September beginnings for all!
It has fruit therefore it has become breakfast.
One less person at the dinner table is the new normal. So far, Chili Cheese Fritos and a humongous piece of red velvet cake seem to help me to get used to this. So the new normal better happen fast.
But the new normal is also one person at the dining commons making friends, chatting about where they are from, what classes they are taking and perhaps even engrossed in a Very Serious Discussion About Very Important Ideas.
This will happen fast too.
Practically speaking, who knew one fewer teenager would mean tons more leftovers. They last two days instead of one! I even got a bite of something before it was inhaled.Meatless MondayTomatoes on garlic asiago cheese bread toast with fresh basil
. Summer at its finest and no stove or oven.TuesdayChristine's Clam Chowder
. We are not in New England, but we can pretend we are.WednesdayCrock Pot BBQ Pork Sliders
. And freezing the leftovers, almost unheard of!ThursdayFurikake Kale Chips
, a Sriracha sauce riff on Mayonnaise Chicken
, and rice. How can this not be good?FridayBirdie in the Nest's Favorite Takeout
. Amici's Milano for Birdie and Boston
(oh the irony!) for me.
Aloha to all and here's to the new normal, on both coasts.