Monthly Archives: October 2014

October Cook-Up RoundUp

So the end of the month has arrived and sadly, I have not completed the list. It was always a bit ambitious but I did hope I’d do rather better than I did. In the end I made 6 recipes off the list, which was good in the sense that those are six recipes that I wouldn’t otherwise have made, but a little disappointing that I never made the others, largely because most of the recipes came from recipe books that I’ve now returned to the library. To the extent that I ended up photographing the recipe for one recipe so that I could make it this evening after I’d returned the recipe book.

  1. Dal Paneer Nawabi (Dal Cookbook)
  2. Parsee Dal
  3. Rasam with Gourd and Toor Lentils
  4. Lentil Kutu with Green Beans
  5. Moong Dal with Cauliflower
  6. Flaked Rice with Potatoes/Batate Pohe (India’s Vegetarian Cooking)
  7. Bamboo Shoots in Coconut Milk/Kirla Ghassi
  8. Rice and Mung Stew/Mung Khichdi
  9. Rich Root Soup (Easy Vegetarian)
  10. Lentils and Couscous (Guardian)
  11. Pappardelle with Leek
  12. Pumpkin Curry (Wagamama)
  13. Yasai Dotenabe
  14. Yasai Yaki Soba
  15. Sake Poached Pears
  16. Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia (Packet)
  17. Cheddar Cheese Scones (Lighter Way to Bake)
  18. Bite-sized Pinwheel Snacks
  19. White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  20. Baked Lentil and Bean Cottage Pie

So this week I made two new additions. The first was Flaked Rice with Potatoes

Batate Pohe

or Batate Pohe, to give it the correct name. Which was nice, very filling – proper stick to your ribs food but while many of the rice dishes in that book work as both accompaniments and as meals in their own right, this one definitely needed an accompaniment. Whether a spicy vegetable side order or perhaps just some sauce (I’ll be trying the leftovers with Plum Sauce tomorrow to test this theory) it just needs a wee something more.

The second one was a proper cook up my fridge contents effort,

Lentil and Bean Cottage Pie

Lentil and Bean Cottage Pie. I nearly forgot to photograph this one, so you get the left-overs. I’ll pretty them up with some extra mash when I’m settle again, but I wanted to record this for posterity before I forget and never post about this one. Very tasty, I really enjoyed it and would definitely make it again, though the recipe is designed for six so I need to work out a way to more effectively cut it down. As while I successfully cut down the topping, still ended up with enough filling for six which wasn’t ideal. However, I did feed it to a carnivore who also enjoyed it so we’ll call that a win.

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List Progression

Slowly and surely, progress is being made. I ended up having to knock one of the recipes off the list, as I’d mistakenly thought I had couscous in the cupboard when in fact it was polenta. However the list is now 20 items long, and I have been making decent progress on cooking up the cupboard contents, though not necessarily from the list.

  1. Dal Paneer Nawabi (Dal Cookbook)
  2. Parsee Dal
  3. Rasam with Gourd and Toor Lentils
  4. Lentil Kutu with Green Beans
  5. Moong Dal with Cauliflower
  6. Flaked Rice with Potatoes/Batate Pohe (India’s Vegetarian Cooking)
  7. Bamboo Shoots in Coconut Milk/Kirla Ghassi
  8. Rice and Mung Stew/Mung Khichdi
  9. Rich Root Soup (Easy Vegetarian)
  10. Lentils and Couscous (Guardian)
  11. Pappardelle with Leek
  12. Pumpkin Curry (Wagamama)
  13. Yasai Dotenabe
  14. Yasai Yaki Soba
  15. Sake Poached Pears
  16. Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia (Packet)
  17. Cheddar Cheese Scones (Lighter Way to Bake)
  18. Bite-sized Pinwheel Snacks
  19. White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  20. Baked Lentil and Bean Cottage Pie

 

I have made a few things from the list though, largely because last week, I finished compiling my list and was utterly horrified by how little I’d actually cooked off the list so far and went on a bit of a cooking spree. That’s actually harder than it sounds for me, as I tend to bulk cook to accomodate my shifts and we also have a tiny freezer so I have to strike a happy medium between making several days meals at once and making so much of one thing that I scunner myself of the meal in question.

Rich Root Veg

I made the Rich Root Soup, which was very tasty and filling, though mostly brought home to me that I need a proper BIG pot for making soup in, my current large one really isn’t up to the task.

Lentil and 'Couscous'

Then I decided to make the Lentils and Couscous recipe, only to discover that I don’t actually have any couscous in the cupboard. Handily though, the recipe had a variant option where you replace the couscous with brown rice (which I do have in the cupboard) so I made that instead. It was a bit bland, but I suspect the couscous takes on the lime juice flavour more so worth trying again with actual couscous.

Then I had a go at making focaccia. This is actually my second attempt at focaccia – I wasn’t happy with my original attempt so a while back I picked up one of those little flour bags that claim to be bread mix to see if that would work better. No. Nope. Not at all. Total disaster. Wouldn’t rise, wouldn’t cook, I ended up cooking it for twice as long as the recipe recommended and still when I cut it open the dough was still raw inside. Win some, lose some, I guess. Perhaps I should just take it as a sign that I’m not meant to make focaccia…

So four recipes tried; sixteen to go. Clearly I’m not going to make them all before the end of the month, but I’m going to have fun trying to squeeze them all in!

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I’ve got a Little List

So after taking everything out of my cupboards to establish what I actually have in there, I spent a few (many) glorious hours paging through all the recipe books in the flat, in search of recipes that were vegetarian, sounded tasty and involved food I had in the cupboard. So far the list is 17 items long. It’s only not 20 items long yet, because I have some baking supplies I want to use up and the recipe book I’d requested from the library for that part of the plan still hasn’t arrived. So here’s the list so far:

  1. Dal Paneer Nawabi (Dal Cookbook)
  2. Parsee Dal
  3. Rasam with Gourd and Toor Lentils
  4. Lentil Kutu with Green Beans
  5. Moong Dal with Cauliflower
  6. Flaked Rice with Potatoes/Batate Pohe (India’s Vegetarian Cooking)
  7. Bamboo Shoots in Coconut Milk/Kirla Ghassi
  8. Rice and Mung Stew/Mung Khichdi
  9. Rich Root Soup (Easy Vegetarian)
  10. Summer Beans and Couscous Salad
  11. Lentils and Couscous (Guardian)
  12. Pappardelle with Leek
  13. Pumpkin Curry (Wagamama)
  14. Yasai Dotenabe
  15. Yasai Yaki Soba
  16. Sake Poached Pears
  17. Rosemary and Thyme Focaccia (Packet)

So far I’ve made Pappardelle with Leek, which was very tasty, even if I didn’t get the Leek:Pasta ratio quite right when I cut it down to serve one person (next time I’ll keep the dark green parts for soup), it was definitely a tasty and straight-forward worknight dinner.
Paperdelle and Leek

I appreciate that it doesn’t sound all that impressive, 7 days into the month to have only cooked one recipe off my list, but in my defense I was away on holiday for a long weekend this weekend so haven’t actually been at home to cook for most of the time, but, I will do better.

I hope…

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