Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mmmm, curry

Good night for a barbecue, but not a lot of time to prepare. How about some chicken satay with a little store-bought naan?


I added in a lovely curried tomato soup with coconut milk for a double whammy of curriliciousness. Feeling all warm and fuzzy inside now, with lots of leftovers for lunch tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bean soup with buttermilk biscuits


I made this soup last night with a leftover ham bone, a few strips of bacon, a pound of beans, some onions, celery, and a few bay leaves. Cooked it long enough to soften the beans, and then stored in the fridge overnight. I pulled it out of the fridge when I got home from work, skimmed the fat off of the top, picked the meat off of the ham bone, added some chopped carrots, and brought it to a simmer for half an hour. Biscuits per Cooks Illustrated recipe, mixed in the food processor and baked off just before dinner.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Persian meatballs with springtime salad

Trying to cook healthy (again), so I had dear husband buy some ground turkey this week at Costco, not really knowing what I would do with it. Looked around on the web last night, and found this recipe for "Persian turkey meatballs," which seemed worth a try. Instead of grilling them (too windy), I formed them into balls and sautéed them in a little oil.


I made a cucumber-mint raita to serve with the meatballs and some white rice. (Kind of wanted to make tadik, but I didn't think I could pull it off with everything else going on tonight.) The meatballs were good, not great, and definitely needed more spice.

But the salad! Thrown together somewhat haphazardly, it was a lovely compliment to the meatballs and a sweet reminder of springtime. And, it was easy, too.


Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette

3 cups salad greens (half baby spinach and half baby greens works well here)
8-10 strawberries, washed and sliced
1/4 medium purple onion, thinly sliced
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese

1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Mix salad ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Dress salad just before eating. If you have them, a handful of sliced almonds would have been great on this salad.