Saturday, September 15, 2012

Two more dinners

As it likes to do, real life provided some interruptions to our 5 weekday dinner shopping week.  I also wanted to break up any food blogging with non-food blogging which met with only partial success.

Up first was Lamb Chops with Pistachio Sauce and Vegetable Sauté.  This meal had the distinction of being, by far, the most expensive dinner of this series.  The lamb chops were $28 alone and you can't buy a small bag of pistachios, so more $$$ all for that little cup of sauce and a bunch of pistachios nobody wants to eat.  This is not likely a repeat meal.  I bought a Widmer Marionberry Hibuscus Gose beer to go along with it.  It had a reddish hue to it, and was pretty good, though not as good as their Hefeweizen.

On the plus side, the recipe yielded so much that I was able to eat lamb chops and veggies for the next two lunches.

Minor chaos and leftovers ensued for a couple of days, then I got a chance again today to continue the meal plan.  This dinner was London Broil with Crispy Potatoes and Peppers.  Unlike Martha Stewart, we don't consider potatoes to be a viable vegetable, so I harvested some unknown variety of lettuce from our garden (it was a sample pack) and prepared it with a balsamic vinegar with a sprinkle of an Italian cheese blend.  I also added a pepperoncini (also from the garden) to the potato mixture.

It turned out fabulous and it went well with a can of Fort George 1811 lager from Astoria, Oregon.  It was gratifying to see Ladybug devour a full plate of food (sans beer).  Chemotherapy makes enjoying a lot of things difficult, so when it happens it is a small treasure.  She is even laying claim to the leftovers!

We still have one more dish on this 5 day plan, then we are going to scale it back a bit both in terms of calories and preparation time.  Stay tuned!


The Moody Minstrel said...

I'm not sure which is more enticing, the food descriptions, or all those wonderful craft ales I can't get here...

Don Snabulus said...

Those two aren't particularly easy to get here (although the Ft. George brew is becoming a grocery store staple in Portland). I went to a specialty grocery for both.