This evening, we had Couple-of-Minute Steaks and Potato Ragout, which was a tasty, quick, easy meal, and a refreshing break from chicken. A baking potato was diced and browned in olive oil, then onion, garlic, rosemary and thyme were added. Just for a change, we threw in some chicken stock and white wine, then finished with cherry tomatoes and parsley. The potato dish could have been a meal in itself; with the addition of some bacon, it would be a perfect winter supper. Served with thin-cut steaks, this was a satisfying meal indeed.
Tomorrow night we are making Sausage and Spinach Pastry Squares with Cherry Tomato-Arugula Salad which sounds excellent. Puff pastry is one of my all-time favourite comfort foods, and everyone could use a little comforting every now and then. We’ve decided that on Saturday nights we should invite friends round for dinner. Having to cook a set meal every day has certainly cut down/ obliterated our nights of eating out or ordering in. In fairness, having a baby substantially cut down our adult-only restaurant visitations. $50 for a babysitter is a hefty chunk of change and you have to have a really, really good night out to justify the cost. So hopefully we will resume a bit more of a social life and maybe every now and then there’ll be some good meals to share.
In about 3 weeks, L’s parents are coming to visit from Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen. It’s the first time that they have visited us in the States. We’ve lived here for 6 years in October, so a visit is probably well overdue. This is what they’ll be eating:-
- Garlic and Mint Lamb or Chicken Patties on Lentil Salad
- Sardine and Bread Crumb Pasta with Puttanesca Salad
- BBQ Sloppy Chicken Pan Pizza
- Fajita Beef Pie
- Spicy Shrimp and Bok Choy Noodle Bowl
- Turkey or Chicken Croquettes with Spinach Mashers and Pan Gravy
- Cod Croquettes and Red Bell Pepper Gravy with Spinach Mashers
- Sicilian-Style Swordfish Rolls with Fennel and Radicchio Salad
I suppose it could be worse.