Political events and unfounded hopes for covid vaccinations have preoccupied my thoughts during January. Because isolation is still necessary, in fact increasingly necessary, we have continued to cook and eat all our meals at home, but without a lot of novelty. New items we have purchased include things like different face masks rather than different kitchen gadgets! The best I can do for "In My Kitchen" is a summary of what we ate during the month.
Len's experiments in baking from The Rye Baker have continued, with lots of delicious rye breads as well as pizza dough and crusty sourdough loaves. As he creates sourdough discard, I try to use it up by making pancakes, both sweet and savory. I've posted plenty of photos of these breads in the past -- here are a few more.
|One of Len's great rye breads served with anchovy butter.|
|Salad and tangerines accompany the bread.|
|Fresh out of the oven!|
|A loaf made from light rye flour and "first clear"|
wheat flour: new ingredients this month.
|Rye bread, eggplant with stir-fry noodles, and grapes for dessert.|
From Ottolenghi's book Jerusalem:
a sheet pan dish: chicken with fennel and tangerines.
The only chicken I cooked in January.
|The chicken dish, served with rice. (Recipe here)|
From Ottolenghi's Flavor: potatoes and eggs
with gochujang sauce and miso.
Amazon Prime Pantry:
formerly a great way to get many brand-name foods
like V-8 juice and Hellman's mayo.
Soup has been a welcome lunch food as the weather descends into its most wintery period, though luckily, we had a relatively mild December and first half of January, with snow at near-record lows. Soup is about the least photogenic food I know of, so no pics!
On the table: placemats that say "I Love You"
and some bright heart-shaped fairy lights.
The Valentine decor with an exceptional meat meal:
mashed potatoes, yogurt sauce, condiments, AND
lamb chops that I had in the freezer before the pandemic began.
(OK, I should have used them sooner, but they were fine.)
|Savory pancakes containing corn and onion, with avocado salad.|
Valentine decor again.
|"I love you" placemats once more, with salad, rice, and shrimp.|
|To conclude with a happy thought: one of the flocks of robins that spend the winter in wooded areas |
came to our neighborhood last week, and feasted on the berries in a nearby garden.