Thursday, May 6, 2010

Roast Pork with Garlic and Rosemary p. 754

Final meal of the planned week of meals saga. Closely tied with the ketchup stir fry for best meal of the week.

This meal was relatively easy, but it takes time. Every 15 minutes for over an hour I basted and added more stock to the pan and the pork.

We ended up with a beautiful and delicious pork roast. I had never cooked a boneless pork roast before and it was not my favorite cut of meat. Too fatty for me. Maybe next time I'll try the pork loin roast.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Garlic Fideo Soup p. 141-142

Day four of meal planned week I branched out to a pasta soup. I wasn't sure what Bryan was going to think, but I liked the idea of a lighter meal in the middle of the week.

First cook chopped garlic for a few minutes. Then add in your broken noodles. (The recipe calls for fideo, which is a thin pasta, but our small grocery did not have that. The thinnest I could find was angel hair.) Add a ton of chicken stock and cook until the noodles are cooked through.

Mark Bittman suggests garnishing with bread crumbs and fresh herbs, this was my favorite part. I added an obscene amount of parsley to my bowl. Without the herbs it just too bland for me.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stir Fried Chicken with Ketchup p. 677

Continuing on with my planned week of meals, I made this dish one night during the week. It was a fast, easy dish to prepare after a long day of work.

First chop your chicken pieces (either breasts or thighs will do) and lightly coat in flour. Cook for a few minutes until cooked through. Cool garlic and cayenne for a minute , add a bunch of ketchup and let it cook for a few minutes. Toss chicken with ketchup sauce.

I served over rice and added some chopped peanuts and fresh cilantro. One of the better meals we'd had in a while.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Pound Cake p. 906-7

In my last post I plotted out a meal plan for a week. I stuck to it, but it only took me 3 weeks to post it. Sorry. Without further ado... pound cake!

I felt like I wasn't a true Southern girl since I am a quarter decade old without ever attempting to make my own pound cake. Although, to be truthful, I'm not crazy about pound cake. But it was a Sunday and I wanted to bake something sweet. I also wanted to use some yogurt I had laying around.

It was not too difficult to make, just a bunch of steps to add ingredients at just the right time. I'm sure there's a science behind it that I just do not care to learn.

The cake turned out great and we enjoyed it for several days. I didn't get a chance to toast some, which I wanted to do. I'm sure it would have been really delicious with a little homemade plum preserves.