Monday, September 29, 2008
A Weekend in the Kitchen
It as a dreary, rainy weekend - a good time to get some things done in the kitchen. For starters, my husband did a top-notch cleaning job in there. But it wasn't long before I messed it up again. We could keep a college kid employed in a part-time job just in doing dishes.
I started Saturday morning around 11:00 with the making of tomato sauce - based on the SouleMama recipe here. But here's a tip I learned about peeling tomatoes - and maybe you already know - but I had never done this before so it's new and exciting to me. If you boil some water and dip your tomato in there for 15-30 second - the skin loosens and it peels right off. So easy. The first tomato I tried to peel with a peeler - what a mess!
So I got started on the fresh sauce.
By mid-afternoon it was time to make bread. I found a recipe for bruschetta and I LOVE bruschetta - so I wanted to try that out. But I have to make a loaf of gluten-free, yeast-free bread first. So - around 3:00pm it was bread-making time.
I also had to make a sesame marinade for the chicken. I just threw this togehter with some sesame oil, olive oil, toasted sesame seeds, salt and a bit of lemon juice. I just wanted to give it some flavor and I was tired of making the other marinade that we always use. So that was done and settling.
When the bread came out I let that sit for a moment while I mixed the topping for the bruschetta.
The topping consisted of tomatoes, red onion, garlic, fresh basil, and salt heated up in the skillet (w/ olive oil) for a bit - just enough to let the flavors melt into one another. Then I removed it from the heat and tossed in about a teaspoon of lemon juice.
After slicing the bread and giving it a light toast in the oven (and a touch of a broil) I put the topping on.
It turned out good. Here's the whole meal - the sesame chicken, bruschetta and some steamed broccoli. Mmmmmm. (Magoo even ate the broccoli!)
One of the reasons I made the pasta sauce on Saturday was to use it in chili on Sunday. I did it in the slow cooker so my dinner prep was at 9am on Sunday. I browned the chicken (we don't eat a lot of beef) and plopped that into the slow cooker with 1 can of sauce, chopped onion and chopped green pepper, 3 chopped tomatoes, 1 can of kidney beans, 1 can of black beans, garlic (of course) and seasonings. That cooked about 7 hours.
I used the rest of the loaf of bread for garlic bread.
I forgot to take a picture - but Magoo ate it all down!
I also made some soynut butter cookies yesterday for the week.
Some days I just don't feel like cooking at all. Bit I think I made up for it this weekend.