Here’s how things are going in November (based on the last recap).
I mostly tackled the “Cooking all recipes in a cookbook” item this past week. I had planned 5 recipes this week. Only one didn’t turn out as expected but the rest were great:
Mango banana daiquiris: My mangoes were off. Made the whole drink off. :-\
Roasted pears with blue cheese: This turned out quite good. I only started trying blue cheese in recipes as part of this life list “challenge” and so far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The apple cider, port and brown sugar in the sauce made it really tasty.
Dinner spanakopitas: These were humongous (which is not the size I’m used to), but they were great. Very tasty. They’re a bit more work and wouldn’t make this on a week night, but they were really good.
French chocolate bark: Holy moly – this is yummy. I switched out the dried fruits suggested in the recipe for a mixture I prefer and chose cherries, cranberries and blueberries. The ginger adds a nice zip and te cashew is one of my favourite nuts. Awesome. I still have a few pieces left – what a treat. This would make a great holiday gift. Here it is while it cools:
I got so ahead of myself that I made some more:
Indonesian grilled swordfish: I made this tonight and boy, was it ever good!!I’ll definitely make this again. I had never cooked swordfish before and had only eaten it once years ago. It turned out wonderful and very flavourful. The marinade was phenomenal. Yummy.
Roasted carrots and parsnips: I made this recipe with the fish tonight. Again, very good. I adore roasted veggies. 🙂
I’m also planning on making the Fresh Lemon Mousse as well as the old-fashioned gingerbread sometime this week.
OH! And for the swordfish dinner, we opened the bottle of white we received as our wine of the month selection. It was the 2008 Diva Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc from the Legends Estate Winery. To me, it tasted green. Fresh and citrusy and green. Refreshing. 🙂
It was a successful food week and weekend.