I decided to make a half-complicated dinner for my daughter tonight before we watch the first episode of So You Think You Can Dance (wherein the top selected dancers compete with expertly choreographed pieces.) Monday night dinner and dancing where other folks do the dancing works for me. Kedgeree was my choice because the little … More Kedgeree with Smoked Salmon
When I expect to be very busy and there’s bits of this and that needing use for meals, it’s time for a pan of What’s-in-the-cupboard gratin. Today it’s two potatoes, a packet of Trader Joe’s tamales, some French-fried onion rings and small amounts of two cheeses. My week will mostly be spent with the intensive … More What’s-in-the-cupboard Gratin
My daughter is briefly visiting from London (while also working from 6 AM to 5 PM because her employer abroad is American, so two different time zones) and high on her list of favored dishes is my lower-fat version of the famous eggplant Parmesan. How lower in fat? I skip the egg-dipping, breading and frying … More Mock Eggplant Parmesan: don’t mock it.
When it snows in Seattle, the two snowplows which the city owns are pulled out of the DOT barns by rented blue cranes, warm batteries installed in those converted dump-trucks and some roads get sand or salt. The side streets get nothing but cars packing the snow into ice and most of the sidewalks do … More Snow Means Chili & Homemade Tortillas
Baked on the bottom shelf at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes, maybe 1 minute long for some people. I like crispy crust, not doughy underneath the goodies, and I like the veggies to caramelize. It was m-mm. It’s now my favorite homemade pizza.
Exposed to yet another type of flu as I provided a lunches, hot tea, a warm space and the “facilities” to people, including sick ones, involved in clearing out maybe half of the landlord’s hoarded filth here, I decided to arm my immune system with … soup! I roasted some vegetables, made some veggie broth, … More Roast Vegetable Soup & Matzo Balls
Leftover roasted potato and vegetables, the other half a jar of Trader Joe’s Masala Simmering Sauce, a quart of chicken broth, a can of mixed beans and mini spiced matzo dumplings* made with the resultant soup’s broth was a soup the first night and a stew tonight. Oh boy. There’s going to be a next … More Vegetable Masala Matzo Soup/Stew
I bought a package of Hasselback potatoes at Trader Joe’s, appreciated them for the first time and decided to make some fresh ones in the oven with some leftover garlic butter, then put them under leftover chili and sharp cheddar cheese today for me and Sylvia. I didn’t need to look for a recipe as … More I teach myself Hasselback Potatoes
When I went to deliver a double-slice of the (Heavenly) Roasted Coconut Cake* a couple days ago, my neighbors were preparing a brown rice version of lasagna. The word “Lasagna” worked its way into my to-do list, especially as I had a cup of leftover turkey pepperoni red sauce and a cup of cottage cheese … More Lasagna One Time, Strange flower
I was going to take a pretty photograph of last night’s Dinner for Daughter, but she was very hungry so it was a one-shot-and-dig-in. Looking at the photo later, I said, “Nah, too dark,” but then I saw the blue bits and changed my mind since I’d been outside earlier shooting gardens and got the next … More Blue Light, Blue Sky Long Meal Friday