Day 47: A day without chicken (but with chicken stock)

February 16, 2007


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:-

  1. Garlic and Mint Lamb or Chicken Patties on Lentil Salad
  2. Sardine and Bread Crumb Pasta with Puttanesca Salad
  3. BBQ Sloppy Chicken Pan Pizza
  4. Fajita Beef Pie
  5. Spicy Shrimp and Bok Choy Noodle Bowl
  6. Turkey or Chicken Croquettes with Spinach Mashers and Pan Gravy
  7. Cod Croquettes and Red Bell Pepper Gravy with Spinach Mashers
  8. Sicilian-Style Swordfish Rolls with Fennel and Radicchio Salad

I suppose it could be worse.

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