This week, I have experienced a lot of new dishes, my daughter had a short term love relationship with shrimps and I got a cold again…but overall it was a good week!
Saturday: Started off with my Two-ingredient pancakes.
For dinner, I made a Shrimp Curry. Very excited about this one. I have to admit that I have taken the easy route feeding my daughter lately, only making things that I know she loves (hello pasta with tomato sauce) but I hadn’t introduced her to something new in a long time. So tonight I suggested she tasted the shrimp, she did and she found out that she loves shrimps! I am thrilled that I have now a new protein to play with, besides turkey, eggs and the occasional fish. Hoorah! Now about the recipe: I initially followed Elana’s pantry’s recipe but I thought something was missing so I added bit of coconut milk to make it a bit creamier. I served it with plain basmati rice.
Sunday: I have a couple of cookbooks in my kitchen that I rarely use. In my early cooking days, not long after I moved to the United States, I was really into Ina Garten so I have a few of hers. Now I mainly draw my inspiration or look for recipes on the internet. There are so many good food blogs. But I decided to browse a few of my books and got into Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Fast. I really love his recipes as I find them simple ( not too many ingredients) yet tasty. I made Udon with Teriyaki Tofu and Stir-Fried Bok Choy. It was good but I would probably use less soy sauce next time or go for a low sodium one.
Monday: Turkey Meatloaf & Crudités. I went to my favorite grocery store to buy a few things. They had “turkey sliders” samples. I got one for myself then took another one to share with my daughter who was with my husband in the car. My husband tasted some of mine and had to go inside to get 2 more samples. We pretty much lunched on these. They were so good my husband asked me or rather ordered me to go back in to buy everything to replicate these at home. It turned out they were actually mini turkey meatloaves. I bought some cute mini brioche buns, some provolone cheese and a pound of ground turkey. I had never made a turkey meatloaf before. Most recipes required more than a pound so I tweaked here and and there but the end result was really good. I served it with some crudités: grated carrot salad and simple salad.
Tuesday: Leftover Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic. It doesn’t get more traditional than that and tradition is good sometimes. Simple meals, simple flavors, maximum comfort.
Wednesday: Avocado Toast on Superba bread, Greek Salad. Can’t get enough of this bread. I enjoy it grilled in the morning with butter and jam, the french way…and pretty much throughout the day.
For dinner, I made another Mark Bittman’s recipe: Couscous Paella with Chicken and Zucchini. Unusual to have both a paella and a couscous in the same dish. In France, couscous denominates the grain but also a traditional North African dish, that consists of semolina, served with meat and a vegetable stew. I used to eat a lot couscous in France, I actually even lived above a couscous restaurant. The owner, Momo, was from Morocco and was really sweet. Couscous is one thing that I really miss from France…The dish I made was surprisingly easy and tasty and got my husband’s thumbs up. Here the couscous cooks in the oven along with the chicken thighs and the zucchini, which Mark Bittman says is a technique derived from paella, hence the title of the dish…
Thursday: My daughter’s new love for shrimps is real. She kept asking when would be the next time she would eat some so I had to honor her request. I made a Shrimp Scampi and served it with Fresh Fettuccine. Edit: I’m afraid this second time around with shrimps didn’t agree with my daughter’s stomach. This was definitely a short lived affair…
Friday: The rather gloomy day called for a nice hot soup. I made a Minestrone. I had to make a few substitutions as I ran short of farro and chicken broth. Maybe this is the reason it wasn’t a hit.
Have a good week!