Although it was a Diet Night Diane needed a break from cooking and I tried to get organized but failed; therefore, the logical move was into the fridge for a frozen pizza. Di knows how to doctor a cheap frozen pizza so that it ends up tasting excellent no matter how slim the original taste when it comes out of the box. This pizza, a fulsome salad, a glass or two of box wine and an excellent meal was made.
As a beginning to our wonderful meal Diane served an antipasto plate of: hard cheese, Ligurian olives, cherry tomatoes and small pieces of toast spread with olive paste.
The Food Fairy came onto my dinner plate last night and left me, only because I have been exceptionally good, a pasta feast that would have cost me far too much had I been unlucky enough to purchase it in a restaurant here in Perth. However I am married to the best chef anyway she and I enjoyed her marvellous linguine with pawns and scallops in a delicious light cream sauce.
Our dessert was the very non-Italian but none the less delicious Banana’s Foster with a scoop of her homemade icecream.
Last night we had two sets of left-overs combined: German sauce and the second half of the store roasted chicken.
Diane made several slices of bread pieces with her always delicious olive tapenade spread on the quickly toasted bread. It is an easy and always very tasty entrance into a meal.
The main course was the left-over half chicken that we enjoyed a few days earlier. Tonight rather than putting the mustard sauce on the Kasseler pork chops the sauce went on the remainder of the roast chicken and tasted excellent. The sauce was very simple. It needed only Dijon mustard, sugar, wine vinegar, vegetable oil and water. Ao simple yet so good.
WE had a small cleansing salad and two glasses of box white as our beverage.
Yesterday evening we had a marvellous German meal made from the products Diane bought at the German restaurant/deli were the ladies had their Carer’s Meeting. The Carer’s are those fabulous people that take care of people whose MS has progressed to the point that the sufferer needs considerable care and I unfortunately have fallen into that category since the TN attack last November. Anyway, on to the food.
Diane started the meal (a postponed Friday Night Party) with a superb Sidecar with a delicious market product: Pastizzi of feta and spinach in a very light dough case.
This little Hors-d’oeuvre served hot was perfect with the Sidecar.
After this beginning Diane served a plate (only one potato each) of Royal Blue fries.
As if all of that is not enough, she served us each one Beechwood smoked Kasseler Pork Chop with Elmer’s Mustard Sauce. Along with the chop she served Red Cabbage Sauerkraut with onions. Also on the plate was a serve of Spaetzles topped with a gremolata of breadcrumbs, onion, pancetta, parsley and garlic.
And for dessert at the male’s request (I am sure that it has something to do with Germany) an excellent New Orleans’s recipe: Banana’s Foster with the Chef’s own ice cream. She makes it with: Vanilla, Walnuts and Banana liquor.
That’s enough for a party I think.
Before going to the Hilton Bowling Club and listening to Norm’s band Diane had earlier purchased a roast chicken at the market across the street and we had half of it plus her roasted root vegetables for a quick and tasty meal. A perfect meal for a Party Night that proved to be different from most Party Nights; the Night was being moved to tonight. It always surprises me how good these roast chooks from the supermarket taste.
Last night was the “normal” eats day and we did not go extravagant but we did enjoy a little normal eating. With that in mind Diane fixed a repeat of that delicious penne meal that she made earlier. We had some more of those great reheated roast vegetables and that and a small spinach salad was enough to finish the table meal. We had two glasses of box red as a beverage followed by one Perugina Baci chocolate for desert.
Last night was the Tuesday of the 2—5 Diet and I prepared two pieces of Ling Cod on a bed of precooked chopped Tomatoes and Mushrooms that had been spread with chopped Shallots. This mixture of vegetables is cooked for about 15 minutes in a bath of heated stock before the fillets are placed on them. Depending on the thickness of the fillets they are then cooked in the oven for about 12 to 20 minutes in a medium oven.
With this fish we also had batons of selected root vegetables: turnips, carrots, parsnips, sliced potatoes and large pieces of mushroom. This mixture was distributed in a baking dish with garlic pieces distributed over the vegetables and long rosemary stems laid on top. I got the idea, as simple as it is, from Jamie Oliver’s early TV shows where he did it for tables of friends that came over to his place for a feed during the winter months.
We skipped the salad because of the roasted vegetables and I had a glass of cold winter water.
Last night after a quiet day at home watching the showers blow in from the ocean together we put this delicious penne pasta dish together. While watching this stage of The Tour we followed a heartbreaking 239 kilometre attack by a young Kiwi cyclist who led the peloton for all that distance but lose the stage in the last 15 metres to older and stronger sprinters. It was an amazing yet very sad to see it unfold it the final seconds of such a long stage.
Anyway back to our dinner. It was a simple affair with no first course or second course and merely box wine as a beverage but these things happen infrequently around our rain-soaked house in Leeming. The sauce was tomato based with the usual trinity of suspects: olives, anchovies and capers. Diane had frozen a serve in the fridge and because it was liquidy we married it with some penne pasta so the sauce could penetrate the short tube which is why the pasta was made hollow. People laugh about the many shapes of Italian pasta but they are made that way because of the many types of sauce that have evolved over the centuries using different ingredients.
That delightful Indian meal from a packet (minus the chicken of course) was repeated last night. The spices were from an outfit called “Street Kitchen” and the only items added were coconut milk and the chicken pieces. Diane’s additions to the meal were some fried and spiced cauliflower, a tad of our own cooked rice, a little dish of cucumber with sour cream, four fried chapattis and a spoonful of Patak’s Lime Pickle for a slight heat.
The only beverage to have with Indian or Mexican foods is a nice cold beer which we had thanks to our cellar.
Some weeks ago our friend asked us to lunch at a restaurant very close by here in Leeming at a small shopping centre. Before you dismiss this place as just another cheap eats place for Anglos the story gets better. As we have read in the local paper for some reason about 11 years ago the guy did not want to keep working at our local big hotel. This hotel has got the states only gambling licence so it attracted many high rollers from Southeast Asia; Perth is closer than the bigger cities of the east coast. Almost all of these gamblers are Asian and primarily Chinese. He left the Burswood complex and settled here in Leeming and has not looked back; Chin’s is packed virtually anytime the Dim Sim is on so I guess the other times are packed also.
I cannot tell you all of the dishes we enjoyed but Diane implies that she borders on embarrassment at my appetite; it is not my appetite so much as my very old loathing of watching food being thrown out when it is left uneaten.