Monday, April 16, 2007

someone's in the kitchen with donna

so when we didn't get that house we wanted a few weeks ago, i went to borders for a little retail therapy and came away with the new phillipa gregory book (on hardcover no less) and the lastest issue of donna hay magazine. i had stopped myself from buying the DHM in the past beacuse they are $10 a pop (it's based in austrailia). but this time, i was too mopey to stop myself.

so last week, i decided that the DHM will be my guide for the week. here are the results:

Monday: chickpea and olive salsa with pan seared fish. the salsa was great (lemon, dill, olives, chickpeas all worked well together) but the fish needed more seasoning. next time i will "sex it up" as josh puts it.

Tuesday: parm crusted chicken with spinach, tomato and caper salad. this is a def repeat. the salty cheese made a great crust and the capers were a wonderful addition to the salad. the flour part of the batter needed a little more spice for next time.

Wednesday: i was really looking forward to trying this one out. Instead of using canned tomoatoes, I roasted some plum tomatoes and garlic, skinned then and used a potato masher to make them into a simple sauce. some basil, sugar, salt and ground turkey and we had a refreshingly light pasta dish. this was far superior that using anything canned and i would reccomend it if you have an extra 30 minutes.

Thursday: this one was a bit of a disaster. they were supposed to be chickpea, coriander and feta patties, but i guess i didn't drain them well enough. the taste was there, but the patties just didnt retain their shape when i pan fried them. it was fine with a little pita bread and some greens. i loved it, but the feta was a little strong for josh. this would make a good appetizer for a party if made a little smaller, deep fried and served with a light yogurt sauce.


Blogger si gracieuse said...

i know you blogged a whole bunch of stuff in between, but i just want to comment on

a) the title, which is adorable
2) those falafel-esque creations which look REALLY yummy to me, feta included. mmmmmm. do you have a recipe?

4:18 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

they were SO good. it was just 6 oz feta, two cans chickpeas, half cup coriander, salt and paper (and i put some spicy in there too) and pulse it in the food processor. shape into patties and pan fry. make sure you squeeze out as much water as you can when you empty the cans and make the patties)

5:02 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

oops - make that 3.5 oz of feta and add a half tsp of lemon rind (made ALL the difference).

let me know how it turns out!

5:15 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home