wayfarer in the kitchen

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Aloo gobi

Remember i was looking for a good aloo gobi recipe. I found one here. Way yummy! I added a little extra spice than they said though. I think i doubled the garam masala and added a little extra chili powder and cumin as some reviewers had suggested. I think i added a little ginger and garlic paste too. Like a teaspoon. I would definately used diced tomatos on this and cook a little longer than they suggest. It was very good though.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Lamb chops on spaghetti

I made this recipe up using the theory of mint and lamb go well together and boy do they. My husband questioned this before trying it and became a believer. Actually I had no idea if it would be good or not - i just thought it would. It may not look like much but this meal is packed with flavor and healthy for you too!

Boil water. Add spaghetti. When you add the spaghetti put the chops in the oven assuming you preheated it.

For the sauce, just do whatever you do for spaghetti or pasta sauce and add fresh chopped mint to it. I always keep a jar of spaghetti sauce on hand. Occassionally i'll make it too but more often i doctor up a jar. For LD i make it from scratch. That boy is spoiled and i feel sorry for his wife because i totally spoil the kid.

For the lamb chops... I did two each. Drizzle olive oil over them and then salt and pepper. Do both sides. Put on broiler pan. The water will keep them moist. Broil for 6 minutes a side.

Mix your spaghetti sauce and noodles and top with the chops. Add a sprig of fresh mint for garnish. MMmmmmm.

Interesting blog

She does it better than me! This lady can spend $45 or $70 for a weeks worth of groceries for a family of 4-6. That's pretty good. That's exactly what i spend on my family of 3. There's some good tips on there. And look at this guide about eating healthy and thrifty meals. Here's another one preparing healthy meals with minimal cost. Here's one on menu planning. This blog is a great source of information. Check it out!

A lot of what i say...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

chicken stock in the making

chicken stock in the making
Originally uploaded by wayfarer
I've been asked before how to make chicken stock and i've been lazy about posting or i gave a half answer. Here's how i made it today.

What i often do is when veggies need to be used up like celery, onions or carrots, chop them and put them in the freezer in cup portions. Today i had fresh so did it that way but either way works well and if you have them in the freezer it's easy to make when you have some chicken bones with a little meat on it like today when i was making chicken and dumplings. I cut a lot of the bone off the breasts and that's what i'm making stock from. It's at the bottom of the pot btw.

For the amount of bones i had (you really can't go wrong though with chicken stock). It may taste more vegetably but that's okay.

Anyway, here's what i did for my chicken breast bones with a little meat still stuck on.

I added :

1 very small onion roughly chopped
1 stock of celery and all the celery leaves (tons of flavor in those...my favorite part for salads and this too)
1 chopped carrot
1 bay leaf
a splash of thyme (i hate dried herbs but didn't have fresh so just added a splash but you will probably want more)
a dash of salt
and a couple grinds of pepper

Let it simmer away for an hour or so, strain through a strainer/seive and let cool then pour into 1 cup portions. I use the rubbermaid/glad ones. Those small little ones hold exactly one cup. Put in the freezer. Done.

Here's one in use today...



Breakfast: Waffles
Lunch: pot pie
Dinner: leftover lasagna


Breakfast: Muffins
Lunch: Chicken and Dumplings - LD's favorite and he's not feeling well today
Dinner: Chicken curry


Breakfast: eggs and toast
Lunch: kitchery (rice and lentils)
Dinner: chicken and dumplings


Breakfast: cereal
Lunch: peanut butter and marshmellow sandwich (!)
Dinner: green thai curry


Breakfast: egg and cheese
Lunch: mac and cheese
Dinner: tomato ka salan

Monday, January 07, 2008

aloo gobi

I want to make aloo gobi this week but haven't made it before. Does anyone have a recipe for it?



Breakfast: cereal
Lunch: pasta with chicken and sauce
Dinner: Corned beef and cabbage


Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Pizza
Dinner: Dopiaza


Breakfast: egg and toast
Lunch: chicken nuggets and broccoli, cheese for dipping
Dinner: Spicy chicken curry


Breakfast: waffles
Lunch: turkey tentrazini
Dinner: leftovers, probably lasagna


Breakfast: yogurt and blueberries
Lunch: graham cracker peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Dinner: Pasanday and aloo gobi

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Menu this week

Desserts this week: Lemon coffee cake, gingersnaps, fudge


Breakfast: cereal
Lunch: Thai soup and rice
Dinner: Butter chicken
Snacks: crackers and cheese, fruit

Breakfast: eggs, sausage, toast
Lunch: snacks
Dinner: Dalcha

Breakfast: waffles
Lunch: chicken nuggets and green beans
Dinner: Chicken vindaloo
Snacks: yogurt and blueberries

Breakfast: pancakes
Lunch: peanut butter and jelly rolls
Dinner: leftover lasagna from weekend
Snacks: fruit

Breakfast: egg and toast
Lunch: meatball soup
Dinner: spaghetti and lamb chops (didn't end up having this last week)
Snacks: chickpeas and tomatos

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