What a week it’s been! It was so much fun cooking for the Vincent Price cookalong but there were also many other meals to make. My meal plan also got thrown out of whack because there was more chicken leftover than I had assumed there would be so I had to quickly find something to use it all up. Enter Tortilla Soup!
I can’t believe I have not come across this before. Adding chips to soup? Brilliant! You are supposed to use tortilla chips but I had some Doritos in the house. Given this was a dish made mostly from leftovers and pantry items I decided to use them instead of having to buy more stuff. I loved the idea of being able to add your own crunch and avocado and herbs. It reminded me of eating pho when you get the big plate of herbs and chilli and lime alongside your soup to add per your desire.
The other highlight was the Gourmet Traveller Cucumber, Pistachio, Grape and Feta salad. It was so flavourful and beautiful to look at. The recipe called for green grapes but I used black grapes. I added some rocket (arugula) as well. It went superbly with some roasted salmon.
The biggest disappointment of the week was the saffron and pistachio kulfi. I am always so excited when the warm weather rolls around and I can bring out the ice-cream maker but something in this recipe did not work. You had to mix milk powder, custard powder and cornflour into buttermilk and one (who knows, possibly all) didn’t really dissolve even though I heated it exactly as directed. The texture was grainy and it was bland to boot. I added some dried cranberries which helped but it was still not ideal. If anyone has a kulfi recipe that works, please send it my way!
This week I am looking forward to cooking:
Starter /Lunch / Salad – Sweet Potato Wedges with Chimichurri and Speck from Bon Appetit
Main Event – Slow Roasted Chermoula Lamb
Sweet Treats – Passionfruit and Coconut Custard.
In Other News I Am
The Message Podcast was good. I have listened to the first two episodes and am enjoying it a lot.
I am by no means a perfectionist but I have found a new game to play whilst waiting for my Candy Crush lives to regenerate. It is hitting all my OCD buttons!
I have finished Orphan #8 and am about to start The Reckoning. This is the November book club selection. Autobiography is not a genre I am overly fond of so I have mixed feelings about it. We’ll see. I am also not a fan of hard back books as most of my reading is done on the train and they can be heavy to carry. Also I can hold up a paperback in one hand and read if I don’t get a seat but find it harder to do with a hardback. Because I’m weak.
I found a two new blogs to follow. In one of my first ventures into blogging I cooked food that was inspired by or mentioned in the books I was reading. It was pretty dismal as I found that either no food was mentioned or it took me too long to read the books or the food was stuff I did not like. Occasionally I think about bringing it back and go through phases where I start sticky noting food in the books I read. Reading these both inspires me to get back into it. And depresses me because these ladies do it so much better than I ever did!
Alison’s Wonderland Recipes
Little Library Cafe
Also, I have been reading this for a while now and I think she is one of the most hilarious people on the internet:
Bitches Gotta Eat
I have finished the Jon Ronson (loved it). And have started on the audiobook for
The Faithful Couple
To celebrate a belated Halloween we watched You’re Next. I had one scream out loud moment and it was pretty scary. But we decided the overriding message was “Don’t mess with Australian girls”. Amen to that!
I am also about to start Season 3 of Orphan Black.
Someone (not me thank Goodness) dropped our olive oil pouring bottle which smashed on the tiles. He then quickly McGuyvered up a temporary replacement from an old wine bottle. I really like it. So it may be staying permanently.
Here’s the Tortilla Soup Recipe.
What’s cooking in your kitchen? What was the best thing you made this week? What’s your favorite thing to do with leftovers?
What are you looking forward to making next week?
What are you reading, watching, listening to?
Have a fabulous week everyone!