Friday, April 9, 2021

Friday Food: A Big Surprise at the End


Short version: Tuna melt sandwiches, tuna melts minus the bread, green salad with vinaigrette

Long version: I made the sandwiches for the kids, and then dumped the rest of the tuna salad right on the griddle pan with some shredded cheese to get browned and melty for A. and me. I also out some toasted pecans on top of ours, and it was very good.


Short version: Beef goulash with carrots, leftover rice, frozen green beans

Long version: I had stew meat still in the refrigerator because I didn't have the energy to cook it on Thursday. And I had the paprika sludge left on the bottom of the bowl from our egg-dying adventure

So I made goulash. Seems reasonable, right? I mean, spices are expensive, and I had about a tablespoon of wet paprika to salvage.


Short version: Easter leg of lamb, oven fries, frozen peas, chocolate roulade

Long version: Calling it leg of ram doesn't sound nearly as appetizing, but that's what it was: the last boned-out back leg of the ram A. butchered in November. I marinated it in olive oil, vinegar, salt, and lots of garlic (breaking my garlic press while preparing the garlic--HULK SMASH), then just roasted it and served it with yogurt/lemon/garlic sauce.

The roulade is a kind of flourless chocolate cake rolled around whipped cream. The ingredients are extremely simple--the cake part is nothing but cream, sugar, chocolate chips, and whipped egg whites, and the whipped cream is, well, cream, vanilla, and sugar. The execution of it is little more complicated, but it is delicious and not nearly as heavy and sweet as a standard chocolate cake with frosting.

The slices look like this:

Sort of like a Little Debbie Swiss Roll, only not gross.

I find it amusing that the recipe calls this a "big dessert," and yet my family has no trouble finishing it off. I could probably make two, and they'd still all be eaten.

Then again, I guess we do have a rather big family.


Short version: Sick-children soup, chocolate pudding

Long version: Four out of four children had a cold. Thus, soup. I used the remainder of the goulash, to which I added more onion, celery, carrots, green beans, a quart jar o pressure-canned bull meat, and a quart jar of pressure-canned beef broth. It was very good.

When a chocolate roulade is on the menu, it means that a double batch of this chocolate pudding will be on the menu shortly. Because, you see, the roulade requires seven egg whites, which then leaves me with seven egg yolks to use. The pudding is certainly a popular way to do that. 

Plus, kids with sore throats particularly appreciate cold, sweet, smooth pudding. As do we all.

Two of the four sick ones taking a very rare daytime nap together in my bed. Pre-pudding.

The only tricky part of making a double batch of this pudding is the precarious pot situation.

Believe it or not, I didn't spill a drop of this. Small victories.


Short version: Lamb curry, rice, green salad with ranch dressing

Long version: We had quite a bit of lamb leftover from Easter, along with about a tablespoon of curry powder sludge from dying edge. Add onion, tomato, and the remainder of the yogurt-garlic sauce from Easter, and you have a delicious curry.


Short version: Shepherd's pie, green salad with ranch dressing

Long version: I had made the shepherd's pie the day before, along with an extra one for our priest, and some additional meat mixture I froze for later.

Altogether, it was six pounds of ground beef. Combine that with the vegetables and tomatoes and other things that go with the meat, and there's another precarious pot situation.

It was a theme this week.


Short version: I don't know

Long version: Wait, WHAT? I DON'T KNOW?!

No. And the reason I don't know is that I am not there.

Yeah. This just gets weirder and weirder.

See, I left this day for Arizona to see my family. My sister had a trip already planned to visit my parents, and she decided to take it despite her recent bereavement. So I decided to go to Tucson to see her, as well as my parents and my brother, who will be coming down from Phoenix.

I'm only in Arizona for the weekend, and while I'm gone, A. will be getting food on the table for the locusts. I left plenty of leftovers in the refrigerator for him. I'm sure it'll be fine. Even though this is the first time in nine years that I have not been there to feed the crew.

Oh wait, I take that back. I was gone that one night last year when I stayed at a hotel by myself. I seem to be becoming quite the gadabout.

Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?


Anonymous said...

Enjoy your time with your family, even though it is on a sad note.
au gratin potatoes with ham, garlic knots, salad
roasted chicken breast, garlic mashed potatoes, garlic knots, sauteed spinach & mushrooms, brownie
veggie tortilla's, brownie
shrimp, rice, broccoli, garlic knots, salad, brownie
salmon patties, garlic knots, roasted potatoes & squash, brownie
grilled turkey burgers, salad, sauteed mushrooms, chips
And for tonight, veggie burgers, potato salad, carrot sticks with ranch dressing.

Gemma's person said...

Sympathies to your sister. And an extra hug.

Bobi said...

Hope you have/had a good family visit. Popped over here because I missed your food report over at Frugal Girl!

Jody said...

I'm glad you could be there for your sister. Still so sorry for your loss.

And also wondering why the security thing at the bottom of this never lets me check that I am, indeed and actually, a robot.

Kate said...

Hope your trip goes well. I'm glad you could be with your family.

Anonymous said...

New here, but have enjoyed reading your comments in other places, so I’ve “subscribed”, and am glad I did! I’m also a newish widow of a middle-aged great guy who died unexpectedly. I’m sad for your sister and family. It will get better, but it’s not easy. It helped to know other people have had happy lives, even after such a sad occurrence. Another thing that helped was my wonderful siblings, who loved him like a big brother and dear friend, so I’m glad you get to be with her.
Thanks for a cool blog! My grandparents moved to NM in the early 1970s, so I’ve been all over the state quite a few times, and can sort of picture things in my mind.

Kay said...

I prayed for your sister and the whole family. Such a loss is so hard.

Our week in food:

Sunday (Easter): Ham balls, cheesy potatoes, scalloped corn, fruit salad, rolls, angel food cake

Monday: Leftover pizza and salad

Tuesday: Leftovers from Easter

Wednesday: City Errands so Taco Bell Takeout.

Thursday: Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

Friday: AF Hotdogs, FF, Baked Beans

Saturday: Smoothie (B), lunchmeat & cheese (L), Date Night/Birthday Celebration with BFFs at steakhouse-Prime Rib, salad, rolls, baked potato.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Anonymous: Welcome! I'm sorry for your own loss, even though it sounds as if it's not too recent. As you know, it's the suddenness of the situation that makes it so hard, both emotionally and in practical matters. It sounds as if you had and have a lot of support, though, as does my sister, which is important.

Anonymous said...

Friday: pan fried sausages, baked sweet potato, sauteed spinach with garlic
Saturday: pizza with spicy red sauce, mushrooms, colored peppers
Sunday: traditional Easter dinner - roast leg of lamb, mashed potatoes, gravy, steamed broccoli, apple crisp
Monday: leftover lamb, potatoes, gravy and asparagus sauteed with garlic that was not a leftover
Tuesday: lamb and black bean tacos
Wednesday: tofu burgers, leftover veggies from various previous meals
Thursday: Thai red veggie curry over crazy good, rice
Pam in Maine