Week two of recording our meals for posterity, and things are going swimmingly (and why shouldn't they?) Because it's the middle of winter, we seem to be in the realm of stews at the moment, hence the appearance of two of them in this week's menu. If this snow carries on, I'm sure there will be many more, plus regular readers will remember my fondness for dumplings...
So without further ado, here is this week's menu
Risotto is my enemy! No matter how closely I stick to a recipe, how carefully I measure the ingredients and watch the timings and heat, the rice never cooks and it just plain makes me cross, which is odd given that it is such a simple meal. Luckily, this dish was Mrs Soup's choice, from one of those books of one-pot meals you can pick up at the checkouts of most supermarkets.
Unlike me, Mrs Soup can ace the risotto, and this was creamy delicious heaven!
This one was made up on the fly, mainly because we had some frozen bits of fish to use up, and a hankering for some fennel. I thought that those two flavours worked will together, so threw in some tomatoes and orange zest, plus some other bits and came up with a lovely, fresh stew. I had to hold my fire on adding dumplings to this, and much to my chagrin, I have to admit I was probably right to do so
Because we are nothing if not wildly international here at Soup HQ, this Lebanese feast came from the pages of an Australian Women's Weekly recipe book and was my choice from Mrs Soup's pick of the books.
The Koftas did resemble (and there's no way of putting this delicately) dog poo before being cooked, but afterwards were a nice, spicy treat. The Fattoush was a salad (I know, in this weather?) of tomatoes and cucumber with baked pittas crumbled up and mixed it. A yogurt dip was also added for good luck...
Tuesday - Snert
See the soup post below this one for a nice Dutch Pea and Ham soup featuring pig's trotters. I was disappointed that this soup isn't called Snert because that's a Dutch word for snot, by the way...
Second stew of the week - a tasty but basic affair with leeks, swede, carrots and onions all provided as part of our veg box delivery. This time there were dumplings, with the added bonus of a dollop of horseradish sauce to liven things up! Also, as I always throw together my dumplings on the fly, I can never remember the quantities I use, which often leads to me making them the size of a large Chihuahua's head. This time, however, I got it just right which saved me from a painful evening suffering fromt he after effects of dumpling OD!