Sunday, May 22, 2011


Apparently kumquats are native to China and while I have only eaten the raw version, there are a variety of uses including jams and a liquor in Greece! Wonderful memories of eating them off a tree in California as a kid.

It is also the fruit that the pregnancy website chose to ascribe our little one about the time these pictures were taken... say hello to Kumquat!

Dinner for the week of May 22nd

So this week is our anniversary and we need to pick one of these for Tuesday... not sure which yet. May depend on Erin's pregnant desires... lots of old favorites this week

Roast chicken (stuffed with goat cheese and lemon) served with a side of mashed Russets and braised brussel sprouts
- very simple to make

Cucumber, avocado fish wraps/tacos
- the title basically says it all... very good, especially when it's hot

North African Lamb with toasted pinenut couscous and a European threesome of Italian eggplant, Spanish onion and Red Pepper (Holland?)

Bratwurst and sauerkraut with baked apples and braised kale
- Erin's last call for winter

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dinners week of May 15th

So here are the options for this week:
- leave reviews at the bottom and I will add recipes later...

Lasagna bolognese with a salad of greens, tomato, cucumber, julienned carrots and blue cheese
- this is an easy lasagna: two onions chopped up w/ one carrot into a pan for 5 minutes, then 1lb of ground beef till browned, add 1/4-1/2 cup of white wine along with 1cup tomatoes and reduce for 30minutes with salt/pepper/herbs. Layer lasagna (boiled x 4-5mins) with meat sauce, then a layer of bechamel (made while the meat sauce is cooking - 1/4 cu butter, 1/4 cu flour, 2 cups milk) and then a layer of parmigiano and keep going till you're done - it's easy! 30 mins at 400 degrees.

Panko tilapia with fennel mint tzaziki, asparagus wrapped with bacon and roasted potatoes
- Tilapia is quick and easy: tilapia rolled in eye yolk then quick batter with panko, salt, pepper, herbs and mint sauce with yogurt, mint, a dash of balsamic and olive oil
- Asparagus: parboiled for 5 minutes tips up, then wrap bacon around and broil for 5-10 minutes/side
- Roasted potatoes with salt, pepper, cayenne, thyme, whole garlic and cubed onions

Double baked, double cheesed broccolini with elbows
- Boil pasta for 8 minutes, then add cheese sauce, broccoli boiled for 5 minutes and then mixed with pasta after cheese sauce added. Top all with cheddar, blue cheese and parmigiano and bake for 10 minutes - done!

Ethiopian doro wett with braised kale
- This is a bit more complex as you need to make the spiced butter first
- Followed the recipe here:
- Only changes were chicken breasts only, would use less chicken stock next time and no fenugreek because I didn't have any... was good all the same