Day 297: Whatever shall we have for dinner?

October 24, 2007

Well, maybe we should have, ermm, let me see now. What have we had for the last four days? Oh that would be chicken in a variety (kind of) of mustard sauces. So, I wonder what would be good tonight? I know, let’s make chicken in mustard sauce again. But this time let’s make a “light” version with plain yogurt rather than sour cream. Mmm, that sounds delicious, what a fabulous idea, I can’t wait.

Imagine how pleased we were to make this dinner all over again, what a treat! What can I say about it? Well, Chicken No. 14,756- Chicken in “Lighter” Mustard and Lemon Sauce was the same meal as we’ve been having all week, but with yogurt rather than sour cream, and with parsley and lemon zest added to the sauce. And it was served on couscous. I added far too much parsley, but at least this meant that the photograph wasn’t just a study in beige and cream. We ate this meal under duress, and whilst it wasn’t awful, it wasn’t great either. A big problem is that we are not big fans of couscous by any stretch of the imagination. I think I may have just put my finger on why I don’t like it; it tastes like something that someone else has already chewed. There’s no flavour and the texture is just plain weird. Anyway, chicken, couscous, mustard. Been there, done that, got the extreme chicken fatigue.

Tomorrow we get a whole day off chicken with Grilled Steak Sandwich… I Mean Salad- No! Sandwich! Terrible name aside, I can hardly wait. Other than that, nothing much to report here. N slept through from midnight to 4am, which was fantastic, but we were still up when A woke up at 7am, which was not so fine. Speaking of which, I have a very small, very hungry little girl to attend to.

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  • Reply Sarah October 24, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    I just… don’t get it. If you hate it, why do you DO it? I would understand that if you loved Rachael Ray and were her biggest fans, this might be a fun project, and you’d be able to overlook the repetition and occasional bad recipes. But you’re NOT a fan, you DON’T think her food is great, you have a new baby in the house and have had a million other conflicts.. so why? I’m just really curious.

  • Reply Anitra October 25, 2007 at 7:25 am

    Oh dear… how do you do it? And how have you been doing it all year?!! Sorry to say I would’ve probably given up on Rachel Ray after my 3rd chicken meal in a row. 🙂

  • Reply Sarah October 25, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    Really- I really want to know. Why? When all is said and done, when the year is over.. then what? What did this year do for you?

  • Reply The Home Cook October 26, 2007 at 11:58 am

    I’ve never been a fan of couscous either. My husband loves it, unfortunately. I think it’s OK if you doctor it up but he’ll eat it plain.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project October 26, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Sarah- It may sound ridiculous, but actually in many ways doing this project has made our lives much easier- we don’t have to discuss what to eat, we know exactly what we’re eating when, and therefore what to shop for. Also we’re getting much more efficient at meal preparation, so most of the time following this plan is pretty easy. The idea started as almost a joke- hey there’s this cookbook with a meal for every day of the year, wouldn’t it be funny if we followed it? We had no idea we would be having another baby or remodelling a new house this year when we started out, but we did know there would be some meals we wouldn’t enjoy. But we have had to stretch our boundaries and some meals have been real surprises. Not many meals are awful, some are fantastic, and the majority are just as good or bad as what we might end up eating on any given day anyway.
    So why are we doing this? I guess, ultimately because we can. Because it’s a challenge, like anything else. Maybe once a week we curse the whole venture but we continue because we’re stubborn and because we are so far through the year. The only part that’s additional work is really the blogging aspect, but most of the time I quite enjoy it, like so many bloggers.
    Next year we’ll probably keep working through cookbooks, though not so rigidly, and we’ll probably skip the entirely egg meals. And maybe we’ll keep blogging in some shape or form.
    With regards to Rachael Ray, this project follows her book but isn’t really anything to do with her. We could equally be doing the Ikea 365 Recipes book (something L wants to do next year…) We don’t have an opinion on her particularly, some of the recipes are great and some are ridiculous. We try and be as objective as we can (aside from personal likes and dislikes) with each recipe, although obviously as the year goes on we are faced with a fair amount of repetition.
    In a funny sort of way, I think we’ll miss this project when it’s done. I have a horrible feeling we’ll go back to pasta pesto 4 nights a week, discussing endless options of what we might have to eat, yet settling for the same thing every night.

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