On the 87 day of safer at home dinners i planned…

…to make eggs. Then i said, breakfast for dinner. Then i said sauerkraut and eggs. I googled that and actually found recipes but it led me to kimchi and eggs…..which ended up as kimchi pancake. Am i the only one that falls down that recipe rabbit hole?

So we had kimchi pancake

It was my first try so by no means perfect but this tasted YUM!

I googled korean squash and found something resembling this

I wanted something fresh so i grabbed an heirloom tomato and made a quick dressing of lime ponzu and mayo…it worked

Day 86. Monday. Scallops, Poached.

I have never ever made poached scallops before. I never thought of it until yesterday when I said, what can I do with the scallops? So I googled poached scallops and discovered that I wasn’t as innovative as I presumed.

The scallops we poached in a chardonnay, butter, olive oil and water liquid for like 2 minute. Removed from heat for 10. Then scallops were removed and the liquid was reduced to make a sauce and thicken with a little gluten free baking mix.

I had some squash so I made my lifelong goto squash cooked in onions, tomato and italian seasoning.

And a little bit of store bought rice with veggies

It worked.

On to day 83

We have cooked at home for 83 days straight since Los Angeles started the safer at home order and cancelled my birthday plans thanks to Covid 19. We have had a lot of lunch time delivery at work, but dinner has been all me–we have nowhere else to go!

Fridays are supposed to be margarita night and in a pre covid world it was always mexican and ive tried to somewhat maintain that at home. This week i had a cauliflower sitting here so I rubbed it with cumin, chili powder, and olive oil and served it with a home made crema.

I had half a cabbage that needed used so we have a slaw with salsa, cumin, vinegar and oil.

And i needed one more thing so i have a corn and chipotle salad

Topped off with a margarita!

And that was day 83.

And on day 81 it’s a lighter fare—was going to be salad night;-)

So this is the most en place my mise has ever been

Making some tofu/garbanzo lettuce wraps/tacos and a Mediterranean themed salad.

You will see that i am using premarinated moroccan seasoned tofu–the flavor is gentle and mixes well with the penzeys turkish seasoning….trust me, the result tasted mediterranean even if the labels dont fit;-).

The salad is lemon juice and olive oil mixed with tomato, artichoke hearts, cucumber, young bell pepper, red onion with the penzeys air dried shallots , lemon pepper, garlic and some paprika.

On the 78th day things dont go as planned…

2020 is a year of pivots and turns.

Today i planned a meal of meatballs made with my meatless loaf recipe, caraway sauerkraut and “picnic tomatoes” from bon appetit with a nice Riesling

I got this:

It was perfectly good…but not what i planned.

The nut loaf recipe lives in my head but i chose to modify and add garbanzos (because i read too many recipes this am)….after i made it, it was too moist for meatballs even after chilling

Its mushrooms, gf bread crumbs, egg, onion, walnuts, spice and added garbanzo.

So i pivoted and shaped it to be sausages and rolled in foul to cook

Im still waiting for it to firm up…i usually make this a ms a loaf so its open for moisture to evaporate and it cook it long and low….so how did i end up with meatballs?

Lightlife burger in my fridge mixed with some cheese, egg, spice and shaped into balls went i to the counter oven for ten minutes and dinner is saved and they were yum!

Why does my kraut not look like a classic caraway kraut? Someone left the package open on my caraway kraut so it went to the trash.

The tomatoes….good idea! The tomatoes werent the best after i made my first farmers market visit in cv19 era…these will be phenomenal with a good ripe tomato!!