Fall is migrating past me in a bright burst of color. To keep up with the color I brought the rainbow home to my kitchen this week with the plan of eating through it all.
I've realized the only way to keep myself from spending unnecessarily by eating outside, is to make it too tempting inside the house with food. This helps me automatically come home when hungry, and still get to play with different combinations with the ingredients I bring in.
I really wanted to see how much I could eat-in. Cucumbers, cilantro, ciabatta bread, alfalfa sprouts, onions, potatoes, peppers, garlic, gigner, squash, chick peas, red wine vinegar, dried mangoes, perssimon, wild rice, ground veal, short rib bones, muenster cheese, sardines and tilapia fillets. There's bit of red wine, cashews, toasted almonds hanging out in the mix from last week.
My weekend was spent getting ready for the long work week. I spend the day with two large projects - Sofrito and Short rib wild rice braise.
This time my batch of Sofrito consists of yellow and red onion, red and green pepper, ajicito pepper, cilantro, garlic and the newcomer to this batch - ginger! All food processed and stuffed into ice cube trays for easy access to vegetables during the week.
The short ribs got to hang out with Noble Ms. Brown before the garlic and red pepper took over to add flavor to the bottom of the pot.
Got further complicated with two bottles of leftover bits of red wine and a can of diced tomatoes to be all soaked up by wild rice underneath.
Coffee is an absolute staple in the house. Cafe Bustelo has staying power as a bold punch in the face of caffeine.
I got greeted with a round of the sickies, so had to fight back with my easy version of noodle soup. Ginger, bouillon cube and leftover pasta that was still around.
All boiled together for hot easy to sip at ginger broth.
The squash got thrown into the oven with olive oil and a thick coating of dark brown sugar, having a sweet tooth rare for me, but I had a hankering for sweetness this day.
I was wondering if there was something to do with recovering from a cold and wanting sweet things. Peanut Butter and Jelly on toast made an appearance this week after being dormant for months.
Oh potatoes, I have such a weakness to overindulge in potatoes...tha they don't enter my house that often. But I treated myself to oven roasted Yukons with wedges of onions.
The fish was thrown into join the potatoes already in the oven when I remembered I had them defrosting, turned out to be a happy match on the plate.
I had this one bundle of udon noodles staring at me from the depths of the pantry for a while. It was finally calling for attention, so I dug up other orphans - the last two eggs and bit of soy sauce. Fortified with sofrito, greens and chili flakes.
It miraculously filled up a takeout container perfectly to allow me to carry it out and feed a friend. It turned out better than I expected with the fluffy eggs on top and the kick from the chili pepper flakes fighting each other.
I ended up with noodles back to back, if you count spaghetti as noodles. The meat sauce was composed of Sofrito, ground veal, canned tomato. Quickly seasoned with a bit of brown sugar and thickened with a dollop of corn starch because I was too lazy to step out for that can of tomato paste that makes magic happen in sauce. But I ended up serving myself three helpings anyway because it was that tasty.
Ever since I discovered these smoked sardines recently, they've started making a more frequent appearance. I actually had to restrain myself from opening the second tin of sardines in one sitting, but it got consumed a few hours later regardless.
For this week I get to carry over the tomato meat sauce, chick peas and the beers a friend left for me in the house.
Spinach, green onions, cucumbers, zucchini, bred rolls, pork chops, cashews, ricotta, and the seasonal chestnuts will magically get transformed into something tasty. There are a few pre-meditated dishes I have in mind for this week, but who knows what else will happen!