Hello November! I still love Fall, but I guess I forgot how this season also arrives with colds and fevers. It’s been one of those weeks so cooking, in these circumstances, takes a bit of a back seat…Here’s how it went.
Saturday: I barely cooked the whole week end. I made a big batch a Millet with Cinnamon Apples, Cranberries and Almonds and drank a lot of herbal tea.
Sunday: It is very rare that I use whatever I find in my freezer but today was the day. This was Trader Joe’s Chimichurri Rice. It wasn’t too bad but something in me just resists eating frozen packaged food. This is a emergency only kind of situations.
Monday: I made Baked Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli. I served it with Cottage Cheese, which my daughter loves beyond imagination and sour cream for us.
Tuesday: Bagel kind of day with wild salmon, cream cheese, tomatoes, red onions and capers…and a good cup of coffee.
Then for dinner, Chicken and Rice. I had seen this recipe a while ago on the blog dinneralovestory.com and I liked it right away: a complete meal that is so simple is always appealing to me. I added peas at the end for extra greens. I was surprised, my daughter actually liked it. She did fuss a bit with the chicken, but next time, I’ll cut it into smaller pieces so she might not notice it.
Wednesday: After a nice walk by the beach, my husband and I stopped by Two Guns Espresso for a cup of Java and a little treat. Croissants and Prezel Bun Sandwich on the menu.
Later that day, I made a Vegan Chili with red beans and pinto beans. I would like to say perfectly weather appropriate but with LA still hovering the 80 degrees, I guess not. It was though a very comforting and good dish. I could see this on be on repeat in our house, plus it is hubby approved.
Thursday: Fettuccine with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pancetta, Caramelized Onions and Fried Sage. This dish encapsulated all the traditional Fall flavors and wasn’t disappointing. In previous attempts I pureed the butternut squash and used it as a sauce but I always felt that it was too one dimensional for my taste. It also looked and tasted a bit too much like baby food. In this case, I only smashed half of the squash and combined it with a little bit of pasta water and cream. The crispy pancetta, sweet caramelized onions and fried sage perfectly complemented the rest.
Friday: Dinner came in this order: Homemade Hummus and Vegetables, Pizza with Ham & Cheese, Chocolate Cupcake with White Frosting
Hope you had a spooky week end!