It has been a while since I’ve done a food entry (yeah, maybe a whole week!) and there’s plenty that’s been cooking. In fact, I’ve been preparing food at home more often lately, on account of a couple of factors.
First, Tawn has been getting home from work late, so it feels too late to go out for food. Second, I’ve been working more in the evenings recently because of a couple of big projects, so I don’t want to take so much time away from the office. Finally, I prefer to cook our food, that way I have so much more control over what goes into it.
So, what’s been cooking? Here’s a selection of recent items.
Grilled pork chops with a cumin-paprika-chili powder rub. Side of mashed potatoes, homemade applesauce, and stir-fried asparagus with garlic.
Cook’s Illustrated had this recipe for “easy” chicken tikka masala. The tomato and cilantro sauce was nice. The chicken could have marinated a bit longer in the yogurt mixture. Served with mixed rice and a spinach and ricotta cheese bake.
A recent loaf of bread came out kind of funny. I think it looks like an alien!
Pizza pie is always a quick and easy meal. There are usually a few servings of pizza dough wrapped and stored in my freezer. This one had salami, roasted red bell peppers (easy when you use the broiler as the oven is pre-heating for the pizza), mushrooms and fresh basil.
A fun dessert: free-form apple tart using store-bought puff pastry dough and two types of apples. Toss them in a little maple syrup and cinnamon, add some cornstarch, and then sprinkle some ground walnuts on top.
Finally, after the latest Martha Stewart Living had some pictures of various hamburger recipes, Tawn asked for some. So I made a pork-chicken burger with Italian spices, with avocado and tomato. Quite… er, vertical.