Managed to eat like an adult on Thursday and Friday. No popcorn …
Thursday PRESSURED CHICKEN REVISITED – thawed chicken breast, then added to a covered glass dish with some mustard mixed with grated ginger spread on top of the pieces and a little water in the dish. With the lid a bit skewed, microwaved (yes, I used the microwave) this on reheat until the sensor said it was done. OK actually I was directed to “let stand covered.” While waiting for the Sensor-djini to do its magic, I filled a flat bowl with baby greens, dried cranberries, and a touch of blue cheese. On top of this, the chicken and over the greens the jus. Really good eats (sorry Alton … I keep stealing your hook line).
Friday: Grilled steak, cabbage with mushrooms, bacon, sour cream, Tabasco, plus snacks for the prep work — Home-made HUMMUS and sliced English cucumber. Looks like it has been 2 days of revisiting past recipes. The hummus was not so different from the first attempt; this time I used un-salted, organic garbanzo beans (much better) and less tahini (sesame paste), more lime juice, a bit of minced ginger, a little apple cider vinegar and a little EVOO (a nod here to Rachel Ray) and some Indian spices. Oh yeah … and a small skinny green chili. (I have no idea what kind of chili – I picked up a bunch at the Farmer’s Market two weekends ago). Mixed all of the ingredients in the Cuisinart and then ate with the cucumber chips while making dinner.
Pre-heated the oven to 500. Nothing on the steak, which I put under the broiler. While steak was smoking up the kitchen … I sautéed the bacon (in small pieces) with the mushrooms and a little EVOO again. While that was cooking, I flipped the steak over and sliced some Chinese cabbage into a large flat bowl-plate, added a heaping table spoon of sour cream, some tabasco, and some blue cheese crumbles. Mixed the bacon/mushroom mixture to the bowl and stirred all to coat the cabbage. On top of this the steak. (Over cooked the steak just a bit because I closed the door when it was done instead of pulling it out of the heat – What was I thinking????). Tasty meal … but … well … Something in this (or the sulfites in the cheapish red wine) triggered a bit of an allergic reaction. “Only new item?” you ask. That would be the sour cream and blue cheese. Go figure DAIRY. Should have stuck with the Hummus and steak slices on a side salad.