What's for Dinner #237 - In the Summertime Edition (through August 5)
It's always a good time for a little Mungo Jerry.
In the summer time when the weather is high
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather's right
You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive
Go out and see what you can find
And hey! There's a food reference - look at those mutton chops on Mungo Jerry! :-P
So how are you enjoying your summertime, peeples? I'm aiming to eventually enjoy it come the end of August and beginning of September with a bit of time off - and hopefully some inventive cooking!
Yup, definitely have the cold. It's mostly just annoying because I keep sneezing and have a runny nose.
Tonight's dinner is a Donna Hay recipe... chicken breasts topped with pesto and cheese, and then wrapped in prosciutto and baked. Nice and easy. Side will be a pesto lemon rice from Kalyn's Kitchen blog. Oh I might do some sauteed zucchini again if SO doesn't mind having it again, we just had it on Monday.
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I'm in such a cooking rut. Hoping that reading and contributing here more, will help me out of it!
soooo.. day before yesterday I made a tomato sauce with eggplant and mushrooms, simmered long and slow for hours. At the end, on a whim, I added a tablespoon of Chinese chili bean paste and a tablespoon of honey.
The sauce was awesome! Lightly spicy and with a lovely round complex flavor. Had it over spaghetti with lots of grated Parmesan
Yesterday I made a noodle salad (rice noodles, carrots, cucumbers, lots of mint/basil/coriander, a dressing of chili oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar). Sprinkled with toasted peanuts and topped with a small piece of seared salmon, it was the perfect dinner for a hot summer night.
I'm having the left overs (with cubes of freid tempeh instead of the salmon) for lunch today.
July was a busy ol' month, and there is more to come yet as it is the annual summer survival festival in my little area finished off this weekend with beer gardens and the island in the bay becoming a party island for 3 days. Since I work in the closest liquor store, I'm on night shifts serving the already inebriated more booze. Not much time to cook..
Last night I had a bowl of spring sauce and pasta from the freezer. The SO was nice enough to heat it up so it was good to eat when I got in just after 9. Tonight will be meatloaf and mash, all of which I'll have ready to go before I leave for work later on.
Oooh, I love meatloaf Musie, you've made me crave it!! Do you have a favourite recipe or do you vary depending on your taste at the time? I have one recipe that I use most of the time but I also like to mix it up from time to time with an Italian inspired meatloaf and of course Paul Prudhomme's Cajun classic.
I tend to use a recipe I got from a magazine that essentially just gives you the ratios of meat to binder to extras, each time I make meatloaf, it is different. I ended up making one with minced beef, baby kale, roasted peppers and mushrooms with oats as the binder. It also suggests some simple glazes with a ketchup base, but I ended up making one from red pepper jelly instead which went well.