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I've got half a steak in the fridge (I made two steaks last night: partner ate one and I ate half of the other), which is kind of a weird thing to be stuck with, so dinner will be either beef and vegetable soup (with cut up steak) and fresh bread, or beef (steak sliced into strips) and prawn stir-fry. Partner gets to choose. Either way, there's plenty of fresh veg still in the garden (kale, silverbeet, carrots, capsicum, spring onion, pumpkin) and in the freezer (beans, corn, tomato) to pad out the bit of beef.

We visited friends today for lunch. Friend is a professional baker and gifted us a loaf of rye bread she'd just made, plus one of her bakery's balsamic onion focaccia (sp?), and also two dozen eggs, which I received with desperate gratitude. It's kind of infuriating that they have three chickens who are churning out an egg a day like machines even this late in autumn, and we've got like FORTY BLOODY CHOOKS and EVERY BLIMMIN' ONE OF THEM is moulting and off the lay. Useless birds.

I took them a kilo of beef mince, a kilo of sausages, a two-kilo topside roast, and a kilo of chuck steak, which they seemed happy to receive. Our circle of friends really is a circle: we just pass things on, one to another, and round it goes.
 

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Frozen cheese tortellini & beef raviolis, jarred spaghetti sauce, steamed broccoli.

(In no mood for fancy kitchen-work today.)
 
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The choice for dinner last night was soup.

Tonight will be beef stew.
 

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Pesto chicken from Trader Joe's (I broiled it). Farro, steamed asparagus, and corn bread from yesterday baking session. DH just asked me to make chicken mole soon. I haven't made mole in 30 years; should be interesting!
 

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Yesterday, I made Pineapple fried rice from a Jet Tila recipe -- complete with pineapple boat
 

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Last night: Salmon with beurre blanc sauce and roasted asparagus, and for dessert roasted rhubarb with custard sauce. Tonight: steak with shallots and more roasted asparagus. And blueberries, maybe with leftover custard sauce.
 
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Tonight it’ll be Käsespätzleb (German mac & cheese), using shredded Jarlsberg and adding bacon crumbles to the layers. I don’t have a spaetzle press; am going to try using our potato ricer press with the larger-holed disc and see how that goes.
 
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I think I'll be throwing some tuna, zucchini, squash, onion, and broccoli into the airfryer. Maybe I'll make some rice...maybe not.
 

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Chili con carne. I started it in the crockpot at 8 this morning, so that it'd be pretty much done by 1 pm because I wanted to take half of it to the friends we went to visit this afternoon. I've got sour cream and grated cheese, so now the momentous decision is whether or not to serve the chili with rice.
 
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Standing outside next to my grill. Got a gizmo that has two temperature probes and I'm using one to monitor the grill temp and one to keep an eye on the food. It would be lovely if I could find the magical combination of burners to achieve and maintain the temp I want.

Smoke box is smoking and the country style ribs sat in the fridge with my own rub recipe overnight. Kids want no sauce, just rub. I have some homemade rhubarb bbq to slather on mine. No idea what the Husband will want.

Just for funsies, I tossed a couple of sweet potatoes onto the grill on the "top rack" just to see what would happen.
 
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We're having a summer favorite, Salmon Panzanella, which is a lukewarm salmon salad with tricolor grape tomatoes, avocado, a little red onion, and homemade garlic croutons, all in a mustard-and-olive oil dressing. It's tasty on its own, but as a bonus, I also like being done making dinner at four in the afternoon.

Bonus on the bonus, I can drink a little pinot grigio around six and not mess up the cooking. ("Geez, I didn't set a timer!")
 

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This evening will be adana yogurtlu! Now I just need to find some peppers.
 

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Pretzel recipe, please?
 

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This feels sinful, but I made a massive thing of mac and cheese and now my partner and I are going to subsist off of it for the next four days. I'm sure a vegetable will make an appearance at some point!
 
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Okay this thread is making me hella hungry lol. Spaetzle, salmon panzanella, country style ribs, sinful amounts of max and cheese 🐷 my inner fatkid is here for all of it.

Last night was semi-lazy dinner for wife and I, we broiled some Trader Joes preseasoned carne asado (actually been loving their preseasoned meats for lazy nights) and since we’re still sitting on a fat bag of green plantains from Costco I peeled and cut em into french fries like we do in my country 🇬🇾 and fried em in medium oil until crispy-outside-pillowy-inside and tossed em with salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder. And we smashed every batch of plantain as it came hot out the oil, and tore into the chicken (that got dragged through some hatch Chile and corn salsa) as we went along.

It was the perfect dinner to eat entirely standing around the kitchen island while wife wrestled with scheduling a checkup for our aching HVAC.
 

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Today is Spend Lots of Time in the Kitchen Sunday. Mostly because it is the birthday of my dearly beloved.

Birthday dinner: scallops done two ways -- half baked in shells in a mornay sauce; the other half wrapped in bacon, grilled, and drizzled with lime juice. I'll make (experimental) prawn risotto for myself because I'm allergic to scallops. Seafood to be served with mushy peas and roast butternut squash.

For pudding I've made a lime tart (using a lemon tart recipe, so we'll see if it translates), and chocolate caramel slice is underway.

I'm marinading a steak so that I can sear it, then chill it and slice some of it thinly tomorrow to be served as sort-of beef tataki for dearly beloved's lunch while I'm away Day Jobbing. Tomorrow's dinner will be another experimental one: rissoles made with cooked and diced chicken plus cooked and diced bacon mince plus cream cheese, shaped and egg-dipped and crumbed and shallow fried. I've no idea if that will work, but I'm keen to try.

Bonus, if it all comes out, is that'll give me two meals to deliver the day after tomorrow to the dealing-with-chronic-illness friends I try to do a Meals On Wheels delivery for each week.

And whatever doesn't work, I feed to the dog :)
 

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I had zucchini. I had tomatoes. So we had Zucchini & Tomatoes.

ETA: I did it on foil on the grill because reasons, added some garlic and used mozzarella instead of parmesan. It was a hit.

Next time I make it I'm adding some banana peppers as well.