yesterday was great. the freezers are brimming, the boxes of bbq sauce are full, and all of my mise en place is ready for today so i can pump quiches out ultra fast. now my only worry is oven space - and the fact that i have to head to the city for a delivery this afternoon... caffeine here i come!
this week i was in a quiche sort of mood. i'll be making 3 flavours: roselane bacon, foxhill parm, garlic scapes, caramelized onions; sweet william's smoked salmon, spinach, dill, goat cheese; & roasted tomato, kalamata olive, arugula.
they will all be baked in 9 inch pie plates so it should serve 4 with a side salad or 2 on their own. and speaking of side salads...
i'll have two salads this week. the first is baby beet, strawberry, goat cheese (or maybe dragon's breath - not sure), arugula, candied walnut & pickled shallot. the second is the same quinoa concoction as last week: quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, tons of fresh herbs.
yesterday i also overflowed the freezers with product. carrot, apple, ginger soup will be making it's triumphant return. there's a fresh batch of vegetarian (actually vegan) chilli, this one isn't as spicy as the last batch - just a wee bit of a kick. then there is also a new concoction - ginger beef. it's sort of a take on vietnamese pho minus the noodles - i was very worried about them becoming soggy & overcooked in the reheating process so i just left them out. the broth is clear with lots of ginger and garlic and then packed with veggies and finished with lots of fresh herbs - basil, cilantro & green onions. this one is perhaps my new favourite...
here's a list of all the flavours i have this week:
carrot, apple, ginger
root vegetable puree
cream of broccoli
potato, celery, pear & gorgonzola
vegan vegetable stew
thai turkey & rice
mexican pork posole
i also have 1 spring pea, asparagus, parm & potato gnocchi soup left.
in the freezers there are slow-smoked pork side ribs, shepherd's pies (smalls & larges), chicken parms, green curry chicken with basmati dinners, lobster mac & cheeses (just larges), fishcakes & beans, sausage & cheese curd pennes (smalls & larges), jambalayas, and small portions of moroccan meatballs & sauce on their own... this probably won't all fit on the blackboard so if there's something you're interested in and don't see it up there, just ask :)
for sweets, i have the usual repetoire: lemon with blueberry, carrot with cream cheese, caramel with strawberry, red velvet with raspberry, double chocolate, snickers, macaroons, lemon meringue tarts, & oatmeal cookies
this week i also finally got my garden planted - just in time for ridiculous wind & cold here in prospect... but we'll see how it goes and hopefully soon i'll be cooking with the 'localest' of ingredients.
and just a little reminder - i've moved permanently to the base of the stairs by selwood green, le vendenne, seablooms & the fish shop - it's my own little nook or 'sanctuary' if you will. hopefully i'll see you all there this weekend!