8/3: What did we eat? I simply don’t remember, but I suspect it wasn’t at home since I have no pictures of food from that day
8/4: Quiche with that chard, yup that chard that amazingly made it in my fridge for way longer than I expected. I jazzed it up with the remaining feta and some oil-packed sun dried tomatoes – they might no longer be “in” with the foodie crowd but they sure can give a bit oomph to an otherwise drab dish and I consider them a posh pantry staple
8/4: Crazily, despite being a Tuesday (share night) and cooking one dish that could have been dinner, but was intended for lunches I had to go and make an indian “feast” (I joke about feast because I generally make one-pot type dinners and this required 1 pot, 2 pans and a few bowls). If there had been anyway that I could have just had us eat quiche for dinner I would have, but I’d had ingredients for these two dishes sitting in my fridge for over a week and kept putting off cooking them due to the horrible heat. That cauliflower wasn’t going to last forever, neither was the cabbage, and I’d already re-bought the potatoes once (after using the first round for the yummy green bean and potato salads that I made). Anyway. I cooked up a storm that Tuesday night and had the dishes to prove in on Wednesday morning (also, we ate after 10 pm – oops). Smitten Kitchen’s Red Lentils with Cabbage (love, so making this again, but my version came out much soupier than her version), Aloo Gobi supposedly from Bend it Like Beckham; every transcription I’ve seen of this recipe seems to leave something out, whether a measurement or ingredient on the list, I think I looked at about half a dozen aloo gobi recipes before settling on following this one – but it turned out nicely in the end other than needing a longer cooking time that stated) and raita from The Moosewood Cookbook. And of course garlic naan from TJs (basically I bribe TheHusband into eating indian spiced dishes by providing garlic naan).
8/6: Camping! and eating the leftover crustless quiche, heated up by wrapping it in foil and leaving it on the grate over the campfire. A nice crusty bread would have rounded out the meal nicely, but no such luck.
8/7: Camping! And eating delicious grilled sausages (don’t have ketchup? order some onion rings at a fast food place on the drive to the camp site), and super pretty veggie hobo packets. Seriously, I should start looking for purple potatoes whenever camping is in plans. These hobo packets are made like so, this time with red bell pepper, carrots, yellow squash (CSA!), potatoes and a couple garlic cloves per packet. We are still figuring out campfire cooking and that sweet heat spot that allows for some char while not blackening one side of the food and leaving the other side raw – this night we settled for nicely steamed packets – no char but everything is cooked through. Some campmates shared their baked beans, heated oh so classically in the can over the fire. Sometimes I like to go all out coming up with new camping meals, other times it is nice to be able to fall back on the standards.
And recapping this week made me exhausted from thinking of that Tuesday cooking marathon.