breaded fried soft-boiled eggs with cayenne pepper. Side of braised spinach with onions & sunflower seeds.
Oh my god, these eggs were delicious, but really hard to make. Peeling hard-boiled eggs is difficult enough, but when they're jiggly and about to burst? And once they were breaded they were still tricky to fry. But worth it.
rice pudding with fruit compote.
tofu, snap pea & "bacon" curry, on a bed of millet. Used thai basil instead of cilantro because that's gross.
This was okay. Not great, but pretty good.
some sort of fruit & cheese mousse, I think?
Whatever it was, I remember wishing I made more. Now I wish I remembered the recipe.
Pasta bake, with asparagus & parmesan. Drizzled with lemon. I used turmeric instead of saffron, for coloring. I think I made an avocado pie for dessert? Or did the lemon go in the pie?
I wish I could remember this. There was definitely ricotta in the pasta bake. It turned out really good.
Coconut & corn Brussels sprouts, with a side of radishes & mushrooms w/fennel. And then paneer kheer for dessert (NOT PICTURED).
Oh, this was delicious. At least the Brussels sprouts were. The radishes were alright, and the fennel was a nice touch, but it felt more like an afterthought.
The kheer... It tasted okay, but the texture wasn't great and it was far too soupy.
I got a good deal on cashews, so I decided to go for cashew "chicken" curry last night (Morningstar Farms' ←meal starters Chick'n Strips). As some of you may know, I don't generally go for the fake meats but this one's alright. Maybe because it's emulating chicken as opposed to beef or pork, it doesn't make me queasy eating it.
Now, just cashews and chik'n wouldn't be enough. Onions are always good for a stir-fry, and on a whim I bought a head of cauliflower as well.
So I had: cashews, "chicken", curry sauce, califlower, and... onions. At this point I realized I had a theme going and onions just didn't fit. But I bought them just for the curry! Sure, I'd probably end up using them the next night regardless, but something had to be done. I discussed the predicament with a friend, and she insisted that I not stray from the theme.
And then, a stroke of genius: caramelized onions! Dinner was saved! I'd never made caramelized onions before, so I had to look up a recipe. It called for two things I wouldn't normally have: white wine (or vinegar), and sugar.
Though I do have vinegar (rice vinegar for... rice, and plain white vinegar for cleaning my coffee pot) I also had white wine leftover from the alfredo sauce I made last week (but sadly didn't get a writeup; it was awesome, though). So I used the wine (to break up and mix the glaze that forms on the onions) And sugar... meh, I don't like sugar so I just skipped it.