Fran’s cook book project:
Days left to finish the project: 355 days
70 cook books
32 cooking magazines (12 x koken & genieten, 8 x Jamie, 12 x Light koken)
Total number of recipes to cook: 279
Number of recipes I have made: 5
I tried something new: quinoa. I’ve had it in my cupboard for a few months now but hadn’t tried it yet. I found a recipe in a cooking magazine my grocery store gives away for free every month and I tried it.
Ingredients: quinoa, pine nuts, red onion, carrot, chicken breast, raisins and fresh spinach.
It was surprisingly tasteful. The raisins made the dish a little sweet which I like. I made two portions because it said it was good to eat cold for lunch too and I ate the second portion on Saturday for my lunch. Still tasteful.
We had a BBQ from R.’s work. I didn’t take pictures there because I didn’t want to get questions why I did that. The food wasn’t very special anyway and not really worth taking pictures of either.
I made blueberry pancakes from Jamie’s Happy Days for breakfast. Delicious!
Here’s the recipe: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/other-recipes/pancakes-usa-stylie
Dinner was a grilled steak with pepper sauce, baked potatoes and spinach with garlic and pine nuts. The spinach was from the cook book above.
For dessert we had “hangop” (yogurt) with mint and strawberries marinated in lemon juice with a little bit of sugar. This was a recipe from the same magazine I used on Friday.
I had a nice pasta dish with green asparagus planned but when I got the asparagus out of the fridge they were all rotten and I couldn’t use them anymore. Instead I had a double sandwich with an baked egg. I took a picture but my camera died the next day before I could load it on my computer.
We had a piece of minced meat filled with ham and cheese, potatoes with herbs that I steamed in the microwave (bought them ready-made) and I had grilled zucchini. I had plans to make a side dish with the left over asparagus and the zucchini but that also didn’t happen. No pic because I totally forgot to take it.
I had plans to make a recipe with the sausages but I was so tired. I didn’t feel like cooking at all. I ended up making the sausages and a potato dish. I wasn’t all that hungry either.
We had a Weber BBQ workshop from work. I didn’t have to cook anything which was very pleasant. All I had to do was enjoy the food and it was so good. I usually don’t like salmon but if I am somewhere and I can’t choose what to eat, I try it. I have to say that the salmon was excellent. I also had little river lobsters for the first time and they weren’t that bad either. Everything we ate was cooked on the BBQ including the eggs.
Tonight we are going out for my birthday dinner. The rest of the weekend we don’t have any plans other than preparing a bit for our upcoming vacation to Italy. We leave Saturday the 9th.