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Friday, September 23rd, 2016
10:14 am
This week's dinner
So, last week's breakfast didn't happen.

DINNER:
Appetizer:
-N/A.
Main:
-Celery Root Mash
--cubed celery root
--chicken broth
--milk
--butter
--:::put celery root on bottom of crockpot and pour in broth until root cubes are halfway covered. cook on low for 7 hours. Mash with milk and butter
-Slow-Roasted Cornish Hen with Sage and Onion Butter Sauce
--cornish hen
--onion
--fresh sage
--celery leaves
--salt
--pepper
--garlic juice
--Sage and onion butter sauce
---butter
---flour
---sriracha
---onion
---sage
---:::melt butter and whisk in flour to form a very thin white roux. mince onion and sage and add to butter. Let poach in double boiler over medium heat until onions are soften. Blend together.
--:::salt and pepper hen inside and out. mince onion, sage, and celery leaves and place in hen's cavity.  spritz expterior of hen with garlic juice. Put on top of celery root (above) and cook on low for 7 hours. Extract major cuts and put on platter, drizzle with newly blended butter sauce. Serve immediately
-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
--brussels sprouts
--oil
--salt
--pepper
--:::halve brussels sprouts and toss with oil and spices. roast at 400 until browned
Dessert:
-Blackberry pavlova
--meringue nest
---egg whites
---confectioners sugar
---vanilla
---:::whip egg whites until foamy. add vanilla and whip until soft peaks form. Add sugar slowly while whipping until stiff peaks form. Pipe onto silpat in nest shapes. Place in 400 degree oven, lower to 250 at once, and let cook until set. Cool
--macerated blackberries
---blackberries
---red vinegar
---honey
---fresh sage
---:::ribbon fresh sage and mix with vinegar and honey. mix with blackberries and let sit 30 minutes. Drain and refrigerate
--:::just before serving, place blackberries into cooled nests. Garnish with fresh sage.
Friday, September 16th, 2016
10:37 am
This week's dinner - very '50s
DINNER
Appetizer:
-Stuffed mini peppers
--mini sweet peppers
--minced lion's mane mushrooms
--mince chives
--grated cheese
--oat bran
--whisked egg
--:::slice mini peppers in half. mix all other ingredients to form stiff stuffing. load into pepper halves and sprinkle with more grated cheese. Bake until solid.
Main:
-Pot Roast
--flour
--rump roast
--pepper
--blatantly gahaarlic salt mix (from Auntie Arwen's line of spice mixes)
--::mix flour and spices pat firmly onto roast. place in crockpot on slight elevation made of tinfoil or veg and add 1/2 cup broth. Cook on low 8 hours.
-Steamed Artichokes with fresh butter
--artichokes
--salt
--cream
--:::cut artichokes in half, trim, and remove chokes. steam until you cannot lift by the leaves because they come off. mix salt into cream and churn until butter.
-broth bread
--flour
--yeast
--water
--sugar
--broth
--savory
--milk
--:::proof yeast in water. mix into flour and add savory. knead, adding broth as necessary, until smooth and springy. Let rise until double in size, paint with milk, and bake until it sounds hollow when tapped.
Dessert
-Balsamic Ginger Cheesecake Mousse
--fresh grated ginger
--vanilla
--cream
--sugar
--cream cheese
--balsamic nectar
--:::cream cream cheese, and sugar. whip cream with vanilla and grated ginger until peaks form. mix together and refrigerate. Serve cold with balsamic vinegar or chocolate shavings as  garnish.

Breakfast(maybe)
-Coddled Eggs
--eggs
--cream
--chives
--pepper
--:::grease coddlers and break eggs into them. add minced chives, splash cream, and pepper. close coddlers and boil until soft-set.
-Cheesy Oat Bran
--oat bran
--water
--cheddar
--salt
--:::mix together in small crockpot. cook overnight on warm.
-Pepper slaw
--mini sweet peppers
--vinegar
--very little oil
--coriander
--salt
--:::julienne de-seeded mini peppers. mix all ingredients and let marinate overnight.
Friday, September 9th, 2016
10:08 am
This week's dinner
Last week, I wound up using my premade roasted garlic pasta instead of the herbs de provence fresh pasta since my roller broke. I was going to go with a South American theme for tonight, but I've decided to go French instead.

DINNER
Appetizer:
N/A
Main:
-Pates de Provence, AKA Fresh Herbs de Provence pasta (dough left over from last week, since my roller broke.)
--flour
--3 egg yolks
--2 eggs
--Herbs de province oil
--:::knead together until firm but not stiff. run through pasta extruder and boil in oiled and salted water
-Coeur de Boeuf AKA Beef Heart
--Fresh cracked pepper
--Salt
--Beef heart
--:::sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. grill until rare. Let rest 30 seconds. Slice and serve with lovage sauce
-Sauce Liveche AKA lovage sauce
--lovage leaves (fresh from my grandfather's garden)
--3-4 shiso leaves
--half a bunch of parsley
--2-3 spritzes garlic juice
--oil as needed, as little as possible.
--:::blend greens until slightly chunky but at the liquidity level of a good primavera sauce. add oil only if and how needed
-Radis Grilles AKA roasted radishes
--french breakfast radishes (may sub out standard cherry belles)
--Herbs de provence oil
--garlic juice 9maybe)
--salt
--:::toss washed radishes in oil and salt. Roast at 400 for 20 minutes

Dessert (two possibilities)
-Schlag
--Whipped Cream
---cream
---vanilla
---sugar
---:::whip together until thick
--Grated chocolate
--:spoon whipped cream into bowl. grate chocolate over top
OR
-Chocolate Souffle (need to make batter at lunch)
--chocolate chips
--egg yolks
--powdered sugar
--cocoa powder
--egg whites
--vanilla extract
--lime juice
:::melt chocolate with liqueur. beat egg yolks with sugar until fluffy. slowly incorporate beaten egg yolks and melted chocolate. Whip egg whites with lime juice until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and cacao pwder. whip until stiff peaks form. Fold into chcolate mixture. Grease ramekins and dust with cocoa powder, then  add batter to ramekins. Freeze batter for  3 hours. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve right away.

BREAKFAST (maybe)
-Fritatta
--onion
--ghee
--watercress
--leftover heart
--grated cheddar
--eggs
--cream
--matzah farfel
--lovage
--:::dice onion and heart very small. Sautee in ghee with salt. beat eggs with a bout a half teaspoon of cream for every 2 eggs. ribbon the watercress and lovage and  mix with sauteed mixture, eggs, and cheddar. place matzah farfel at bottom of greased baking dish and pour egg mixture over it. Bake at 350 until set.
-Radish leaf salad
--radish leaves
--parsley
--diced mushrooms
--:::toss together
Friday, September 2nd, 2016
10:33 am
This week's dinner
This week will be relatively minor in terms of prep this evening due to doing some prep last night, but I may be doing breakfast as well. If I am, I may prep  ingredients just before bed for the pancakes and wilted greens.

DINNER
Appetizer:
-caviar toast points (I'm having salt cravings. With my low blood pressure issues, it's not wise to ignore those.)
--Melba toast
--Clotted cream
--Caviar
--:::(still need to buy all ingredients at TJs - scheduled for over lunch. Will probalby be about 5 bucks) Spread clotted cream on toast. top with caviar
Main:
-Fresh Herbs de Provence pasta (currently hydrating in fridge)
--flour
--3 egg yolks
--2 eggs
--Herbs de province oil
--:::knead together until firm but not stiff. Roll out. cut into strips. Boil briefly.
-Avocado Basil Sauce
--1 ripe avocado
--1 bunch fresh basil
--.5 tsp lime juice
--1 tbl cream
--1 tsp Herbs de Provence oil
--:::blend together and toss with pasta
-Flatiron Steak Au Thym
--Dried thyme
--Fresh cracked pepper
--Salt
--Flatiron steak
--:::crust steak in spice mixture. grill 1 minute each side. Let rest 30 seconds. Slice and serve over sauced pasta
Dessert:
-Cranberry Meringue Upside-down cake
--Meringue base (currently on second bake)
---egg whites
---powdered sugar
---lime extract
---:::whip together until shiny and stiff peaks form. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. turn off oven and go to bed. Bake at 180 for 4 hours.
--Cranberry curd (chilling in fridge)
---Cranbery juice concentrate
---ginger powder
---3 egg yolks
---1 egg
---sugar
---1.5 sticks store-bought butter
---:::simmer together, whisking every minute, until it gels when dropped onto a cold surface. Jar.
--Chocolate Chip Egg-white Cake (baked and on counter)
---egg whites
---powdered sugar
---lime juice
---flour
---mini chocolate chips
---:::mix until at cake batter consistency. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
:::spoon curd onto meringue base. Top with cake. Serve.


BREAKFAST (maybe)
-oat bran pancakes
--oat bran flour
--1 egg
--1/2 cup milk
--pinch salt
--1 tsp baking soda
--2 tsp cream of tartar
:::whisk ingredients together to form a thick batter. heat frying pan to sizzle point. grease. pour in spoonfulls of batter. flip when nearly solid, let sit 10 seconds, and serve.
-Coddled Eggs
--2 eggs, yolks unbroken
--tbl cream
--chives
--grated cheese (one of the samples from fridge)
:::Grease coddlers.Pour all ingredients into coddlers and close coddlers tightly. Place in boiling water for 3 minutes. Serve with toast.
-Wilted Greens
--2 cups tender green (spinach?)
--1/2 onion, chopped
--schmaltz
:::sweat onions in schmaltz until translucent. Toss greens in pan until just wilted. Serve immediately.
-honey and this week's butter for pancakes.
9:43 am
Last week's dinner:
Man, I am getting sloppy about logging these!

So, the 19th there was no meal that I prepared - I was in Denver for my father's birthday, and Kerry was in Boise.

Last week I was unwell  (pain on nausea-inducing levels from a headache. that hasn't happened in quite a while), so I did a really easy dinner with no dessert.
Main:
-Cheddar Tomato Bread
--shredded cheddar
--tomato bread dough from pre-made freezer stash
:::knead shreadded cheese into dough. Let rise. Top with cheese and bake.
-Cioppino
--TJ's Cioppino
--Sprouts seafood mix
--about 3 oz squid "flowers" from H-mart
--primavera sauce from pre-made freezer stash
:::simmer together

That's it. The cheddar bread worked really well, and the lovage was brought out and lost a lot of its bitterness, as it usually does in the presence of animal fat, so iImay do something like that again. I also need to remember that adding water-based ingredients shortly before rising and baking can give wonderful lift.
Friday, August 12th, 2016
9:47 am
This week's meals with Kerry:
Last week's main was a flop, as I put in insufficient salt. We went to a restaurant instead.  On the other hand, adding fresh mint to cookie dough does some awesome things - three days later, they still tasted of fresh mint. I'm going to try it with other fresh herbs.

This week:
DINNER
Appetizer:
-Caprese bruschetta
--bread (the tomato garlic dough I keep on hand)
--fresh basil
--storebought fresh mozzarella (no time to make it myself)
--cherry tomatoes
:::bake bread, slice, and toast 4 slices. slice tomatoes and mozzarella , layer with basil on bread slices. heat just long enough to melt mozzarella
Main:
-Grilled trout
--2 small trout
--tomatillos (will have to go out for these. May need to sub limes or lemongrass)
--thyme
--salt
--pepper
--oil
:::rub trout inside and out with oil, sprinkle on s&P, stuff with tomatillos and thyme. Grill until skin is crispy and flakes well
-Baked mashed plantains (new method) [[[did not happen -  not mashable]]]
--2 plantains
--milk
--s&P
:::slit plantains. Bake at 350 until tende. mash with milk.
-Sunflower greens salad [[[wound up skipping the tomatoes]]]
--sunflower greens
--halved cherry tomatoes
--chives
--basil
:::self-explanatory
Dessert
-Mini strawberry pavlova [[[HUGE hit]]]
--meringue nests (hope this works! I may have trouble getting them to come out whole)
---egg whites
---cream of tartar
---powdered sugar
---rose water
---almond extract
--:::whip egg whites until frothy. add cream of tartar. whip further until soft peaks form. add rose water and almond extract. whip, slowly adding sugar, until stiff and dry. pipe into nest shapes and bake as 185 until crispy.
--macerated strawberries
---strawberries, diced
---tiny bit vanilla torani
---galagal powder
--::: mix together and let sit for 30 minutes
:::spoon macerated strawberries into meringue nests


BREAKFAST:
-Matzah Brie
--left over broken shmurah matzah
--eggs
--milk
--fresh basil
--cumin
--fresh dill
--rosemary
--fresh chives
--salt
:::mince fresh spices, grind dry spices. Crack eggs into bowl containing both and whisk with milk and salt. Break matzoh up into maztoh farfel and mix into egg mixture. Let sit 5 minutes. Fry until eggs are done
-Roasted Plantains
--left over baked plantains
--oil
--s&P
:::cut plantains, toss with oil & S&P. roast.
-Cherry tomatoes
-Macerated Strawberries
:::left over from last night
Friday, August 5th, 2016
11:17 am
This week's dinner
This will have to be an on-the-go type dinner, as I have absolutely no desire to stick around for the Ironman craziness, so tonight will be a flying pickup without, really, time to sit down and have a meal.

Main:
-Tongue Rolls
--Package lamb's tongues
--greens (will have to see what's good at Alfalfa's)
--Auntie Arwen's Blatantly Gahaaarlic Salt
--Tomato bread dough
--cumin
:::prep lamb's tongues using spice mix, knead well-ground cumin into bread dough. Wrap tongues greens and then in dough, bake until hollow-sounding
Dessert:
-Chocolate chip cookies
--sugar
--butter
--eggs
--flour
--chocolate chips
--vanilla
--other spices as the mood strikes me.
11:10 am
Whups - last week's dinner.
I seem to be slacking off on these. Ah, well.

OK - No appetizer as work ran over
Main:
-Heart steaks
--Trimmed, sliced heart
--salt
--pepper
:::grill at max temp until rare.
-German Red Cabbage
--Small head purple cabbage
--apple cider vinegar (about 1/8th of the cabbage volume)
--half a small pear
--2 small shallots
--two teaspoons homemade butter
--pinch sugar
--pinch salt
--pepper
:::melt onions in butter, add rest of ingredients, simmer until tender.
-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
--2 cups fresh brussel sprout halves
--grapeseed oil
--ground cumin
--salt
--pepper
:::toss together, bake at 350 until tender
-Corn on the cob
--Corn
:::Shuck and grill
--fresh butter
Dessert:
-Chocolate Shoofly Pie: NOTE: WAY too much pie filling - next time, cut amounts in half
--Storebought crust, pre-baked the night before (I know, I know, but I only had about an hour to get all this done)
--mini chocolate chips
--crumbs
----flour
----brown sugar
----butter
--molasses
--baking soda dissolved in hot water
--beaten egg
:::cover bottom of pie crust with chocolate chips, combine 2/3 crumbbs and other filling ingredients and pour into pie, top with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350 until set.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
10:10 pm
Two weeks without making dinner (pouts)
So, last week I burned my hand, and wasn't fit to cook.

this week, I shall be in Denver for Girl's night.

I had better get to make my love food next week or I don't know what I'll do.
Friday, July 8th, 2016
1:11 pm
Tonight's dinner
As I am low on spoons, this will be a simple dinner.

Main:
-Teapot soup
--4 shrimp
--4 small squid
--1 oz each bay scallops, halibut, swordfish, and red trout
--1/2 small zucchini
--1/2 to 1 cup shredded daikon
--1 head baby bok choy
--4-5 dried porcini slices
--4-5 dried shiitake mushrooms
--1/2 cup clam juice
--box of seafood stock
--1 small onion from Kerry's garden
--1 garlic scape from Grandpa's garden
--packet hon-dashi

Dessert:
-Rose Angelfood cake
--3 egg whites
--1/3 cup flour
--1/3 cup sugar
--pinch salt
--pinch cream of tartar
--dash ground cardamom
--1/8 cup rose water
-Avocado frosting
--1/2 small avocado
--dash vanilla or almond extract
--powdered sugar to taste
10:20 am
Last Friday's dinner
Well, it was very last-minute and off the cuff, so here is what was actually made

Appetizer:
-Bacon Stuffed Dates
--half slice of bacon
--10 dates

Main:
-Arugula and Pear Salad
--Arugula from Kerry's garden
--1 bosc pear
-Oat Casserole
--1.33 cup oat groats
--1 cup frozen asparagus
--porcini mushroom powder
--salt
--2 garlic scapes
--water
--half slice bacon
-Mushroom Stuffed Cornish Hen
--1/4 cup chopped enoki mushrooms
--1/2 cup maitake mushrooms
--1 egg
--1 garlic scape
--1 cornish game hen
--cumin
--salt
--pepper
--1 slice bacon (under the skin)

Dessert:
-Chilled Lime Saffron Mousse
--1 small avocado
--1.5 tsp lime extract
--1.66 tsp saffron
--sugar to taste
Monday, June 20th, 2016
10:19 am
Last Friday's food
The menu had been as follows, but got abbreviated due to time issues

Appetizer:
-Mini eggplant casserole
--oat bran (omitted for time)
--tiny eggplants
--V8
--fresh mozzerella
--parmesan

Main:
-Baby collard greens
--baby collard greens
--baby cippolini onions
--smoked ham hocks
--hot sauce
-baked plantains
--green plantains
--grapeseed oilt
--cumin
--salt
-andouille sausages (omitted for time)

Dessert:
-fruit salad
--strawberries
--blackberries
--green grapes
--balsamic nectar
--whipped avocado 'sour cream' (omitted for time)
---avocado
---powdered milk
---vanilla
Friday, June 10th, 2016
1:13 pm
Weekly food post
I took me ages to get an idea for this week; but then, I've been lethargic on the cooking all week. As it is, this is all stuff that can easily be kept for later or made on 15-30 minutes notice, since the schedule is uncertain.

OK, here goes.

Dinner
Appetizer:
-Baked Mushrooms with Cheese Crust
--King Trumpet mushrooms
--provolone and gouda cheese, grated fine
--roasted garlic juice
Main:
-Grilled beef pinwheels
--breakfast steak
--provolone slices
--lovage leaves (I have SUCH an overubundance of these)
--fresh savory and thyme, minced fine
--mustard seed/coriander seed/salt spice mix, fresh ground in mortar
-Baked Yucca Fries
--1 lb yucca
--grapeseed oil
--salt
--pepper
-Mini Pepper Slaw
--Mini sweet peppers
--vinegar
--salt
--cumin/mustard seed mix, fresh ground in mortar
--lovage stalk, minced fine
--fresh thyme
Dessert:
Scones with fresh sweet cream butter
--flour
--baking powder
--butter (since I don't have time to make and chill the butter for the dough, this will involve going out and getting butter over lunch)
--sugar
--cream
--spices (currently undecided)
--fresh homemade butter
Monday, June 6th, 2016
4:05 pm
Last Friday's dinner
Forgot to post this last Friday due to an emotionally fraught day

Dinner - I aimed for comfort food
No Appetizer
Main:
-Hanger steak
--Hanger steak
--Salt
--Pepper
-Salad
--Escarole
--Watercress
--Mini bell peppers
--Strawberries
--(Some of my standard soy/fish sauce vinaigrette -optional)
-Dumplings
--[Did NOT work; wound up using pre-made spaeztle]
-Spaetzle
--1 cup spaeztle
--1 tsp fresh butter
Dessert:
-Peach/blueberry crisp
--fresh peaches
--ginger (fresh, grated)
--frozen blueberries
--crumble dough
---1/4 cup fresh butter
---1/4 cup flour
---1/8 cup sugar
---1/2 cup rolled oats
---2 tsp pre-ground cinnamon

Breakfast was had out because the bacon was frozen

Dinner Saturday:
-Beyond Burger meatballs
--2 Beyond Burger patties
--1 egg
--1/3 cup bread crumbs
--a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
-Salad
--Escarole
--Watercress
--Mini bell peppers
--Strawberries
--(Some of my standard soy/fish sauce vinaigrette -optional)
-Spaetzle
--1/2 cup spaeztle
--1/2 tsp fresh butter

Breakfast sunday:
-Beyond Burgers (these smoked to high heaven
--2 beyond burger patties
-Thick cut bacon
--1-inch thick cuts of bacon
-Chocolate stuffed strawberries
--homemade chocolate cheese
---1 cup cream
---1 tbsp cocoa powder
---2 tsp sugar
---1 packet yogurt starter
---a few gratings of fresh ginger
Friday, May 20th, 2016
9:12 am
Weekly dinner/breakfast post
Analysis of last week:
The coconut cream creme anglais was a tremendous failure. I used concentrated coconut cream, which I suspect was the biggest problem.


The seared broccolini didn't happen - there was already enough on that plate.
The crab didn't work well.

Breakfast was had out as I didn't feel like cooking.

Plan for this week:
Appetizer:
-Seared crusted scallops
--4 sea scallops
--crumbled dried shiso
--dashi powder
Main dish:
-Grilled salmon
--12 oz salmon
--salt
--pepper
--roasted garlic juice
--shiso hollandaise sauce (if I feel up to it)
---2 egg yolks
---1/4 cup butter
---1 tbl lime juice
---1 tbl crumbled dried shiso
---1/2 tsp chinese mustard
---pinch salt
Sides:
-spice rice
--brown rice
--water
--soy sauce
--ginger powder. Might do galangal instead, or even chinese mustard.
--onion
-Salad
--wimping out and using a bagged mix
Dessert:
-Chilled melon/berry soup with cardamom sour cream
--1 mini watermelon
--a few handfuls blueberries
--1 cup heavy cream
--2 tbsp powdered sugar
--2 tsp cardamom powder


Breakfast:
N/A - we will be in Denver
Friday, May 13th, 2016
10:53 am
Friday menu #1
I've decided to start logging the meals I make for Friday night dinners/Saturday morning breakfasts with Kerry. We'll see how long this lasts.

This week there's one complex prep, the creme anglaise. The galangal has already been candied, and everything else is simple, pre-made, and/or proven recipes.


DINNER
Appetizer:
-NA
Main dish:
-Cioppino
--3 cups pre-frozen homemade primavera sauce
--1/2 lb shell-on mussels
--1/2 lb shell-on littleneck clams
--2 oz TJ's seafood mix
--2 oz squid
--2 oz scallops
--2 softshell crabs (see how these work out - if effective, buy more from H-mart)
Sides:
-Fresh bread
--3 handfulls pre-frozen homemade bread dough
--egg wash
-Fresh butter
--pint cream
--1 tbl salt
-seared broccolini
--broccolini
--garlic juice
--cumin
Dessert:
-candied galangal
--1 hand galangal
--1/2 cup sugar
--water
-poached pears
--3 small pears
--1 cup white wine
--1 tbl walnut liqueur
-coconut creme anglaise
--1 egg
--4 tbl sugar
--1 package coconut cream

BREAKFAST
-Savory Matza Brie
--1 old shmurah matza
--5-6 eggs
--roasted garlic juice
--rosemary
--cumin
--1/2 cup maitake mushrooms
--1/2 shallot
-roasted brussels sprouts
--brussels sprouts
--cumin
--grapeseed oil
-fresh fruit and coffee
--go out to farmer's market
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
8:45 am
Guess what I did!
I finished paying Sallie Mae back!


And there's even a music video for it now.


Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, November 20th, 2015
12:02 pm
knowedgeable imam?
My father recently posted this on his FB wall:
"Does anyone know of an Iman or other knowledgeable Muslim who would be willing to answer some detailed questions about Islam?"

I would really like to encourage his knowledge-seeking, but most of the Muslims I know I only see/have contact with via cons or wandering around my old areas of Boston. Anyone have contact info for this?
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
8:33 am
Girlfriend spending the weekend at my place for the first time.
Gods and Goddesses, I love that woman.

Current Mood: content
Sunday, February 1st, 2015
9:14 am
Well, I finally did it.
I am on plentyoffish - and I'm even talking to two cute women - one of them fannish.

Why the heck is this so scary?
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