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What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

Last night we went to a Korean place. Gimbap, bibimbap and bulgolgi were eaten. All good although my favourite was the kimchi in the banchan. I love how kimchi sometimes feels like it fizzes on the tongue. It was an early night after a long day of tourism including a self drive rail trip and an epic soak at Polynesian Pools (a must do when in Rotorua - think thermal water in rock pools overlooking Lake Rotorua) so no soju for a change.

Today we do the drive back home. We've got cheeses, crackers and salami for lunch on the road and dinner might be freezer dive soup with a salad.

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

We hit the road today on a spontaneous long weekend trip to Rotorua. After a long drive and a total kerfuffle with our wotif booking we ended up at a run down motel on the main drag. Atmosphere is zero but being one of the few places with a vacant room we couldn't afford to be picky.

Given the late hour and over-tired chd we opted to eat at the motel restaurant with low hopes of anything special. Menu items included options like shrimp cocktail, mango chicken with cream cheese and their pasta of the day was fettuccine with bacon and a sweet chilli sauce. I opted for the fish of the day that was cooked in a cream sauce. Surprise, surprise it was fabulous. The sauce had lime juice, just the right amount of salt and fresh thyme. The fish was fresh and cooked perfectly. The bloke's chicken parmigiana was not too bad either. It was a good end to a long day. We're looking forward to being tourists tomorrow.

What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

Wow! Drooling.

2 days ago
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

Cavolo Nero, Gnocchi & Pecorino Romano - p. 194

I've tried making gnocchi before twice, both attempts many years ago and both attempts disintegrated in the pot. This recipe however worked perfectly. The only change I would make next time is to season the gnocchi mix, the recipe doesn't say to do it and given past gnocchi disasters I was too scared to deviate from the instructions.

The sauce (curly kale for us) was delicious, I would happily make it again for a quick dinner and stir it through pasta.

Apr 24, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cich├Ęti & Breads

OLIVE AND WHITE ANCHOVY PIZZETTA - p. 76

This was a simple and delicious pizza. I loved the combination of flavours. Pretty too!

Apr 24, 2015
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What's for Dinner #361 - April Showers Edition

Last night was family dinner out at the yakatori place. Plenty of chicken hearts (sorry Lingua) and grilled rice.

Tonight the mother-in-law is likely to stay for dinner. Poor lady will be subjected to an attempt at making gnocchi. It's a recipe from Polpo which has a kale sauce and generous gratings of pecorino to serve.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

I'm off out tonight for an impromptu reunion of work buddies from fifteen or so years back. We're eating at a tapas joint that's supposed to be good. I suspect though that more will be drunk than will be eaten. The bloke is kindly on child duty and has leftover chicken and rice to construct something with.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

We enjoyed it, although next time I would add another habanero and reduce the garlic a little - or cook it at a lower temp for a bit longer so the garlic had more time to mellow.

Apr 21, 2015
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What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

The soups are lovely in this book, very rustic and gentle. Most use pancetta as part of the base of flavour, but little else in the way of spices. Normally I prefer gutsier flavours - like the soups in the River Cafe cookbooks that might have fennel seeds and dried chillies in them but when I'm sick I find myself opting for this book.

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

I've been MIA recently thanks to a holiday and a cold. I think LW and I had the same thing although I think I picked mine up after the four year old's birthday party where we had 18 pre-schoolers racing around the house. Lots of soup was eaten to soothe the throat- mainly from a wonderful book the in-laws gave to me: http://www.amazon.com/Soups-Italy-Coo...

Tonight I'm back at home and the Georgian Garlic Chicken recipe that was posted a thread back is calling my name. Salad and rice will be served with it.

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Burrata- drooling. In fact all of it sounds wonderful.

Apr 12, 2015
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What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

I ordered from the book depository and they sent it, but as luck would have it a postal worker's car was broken into and my copy is now in the hands of a post thief. I'm trying to follow up to see what I can do. Not much I imagine.

Apr 12, 2015
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What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Good to hear you're home. Take it easy and heal well.

Apr 10, 2015
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What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Lovely dinner - the chicken and potatoes were perfect. It's the second time I've made these recipes from his Spain book and both times they've been outstanding. The evening was topped off by the ten year old nephew clearing the table after dinner unprompted. Kids these days - such good manners.

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

We had a freezer dive soup last night - pumpkin and leek. I threw a couple of bacon bones into the pot and heated it up slowly.

My brother and his kids are joining us for dinner tonight and I'm thinking of using Rick Stein recipes from his Spain book. Chicken with garlic and Patatas bravas - spicy sauce optional for the kids. A green salad to go with it.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

From memory fish sauce, five spice, garlic, ginger & shallot. I skipped chilli at her request.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

An eclectic meal tonight courtesy of the child's choices. Today she graduates from being a three year old to being a four year old.

The in-laws are coming over for dinner to shower her with more plastic gifts than what I've got storage for. The menu that she's chosen is pork ribs in a Vietnamese marinade. They're steamed and then finished on the BBQ. Fresh pasta - parpadelle with a rosemary and porcini pangrattato and fattoush - which is a Middle Eastern salad with toasted bread in it. Dessert will be goody goody gum drops ice cream - a New Zealand invention of a minty ice cream with wine gum lollies in it. We'll pop a candle in the child's bowl. She's not a fan of cake.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

We're very, very lucky. On a sad note, after posting this pic I discovered the campground we stayed at has been put on the market - most likely to be snatched up by developers. Camping is a vanishing way of holidaying in NZ because of this. Save up the cash and visit before these views become the property of the rich and businesses like the local pub that thrived on holiday throngs close down.

Apr 06, 2015
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Lovely, lovely looking meal - thanks for the Draper tip. Time to finish the journey.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Hope you make it to one soon.

Useless fact - no matter where you are in NZ you are never more than 119 km from a beach.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

We ate at a local Hahei pub last night - The Pour House. Mussels in a Thai coconut broth for me and pizzas for the bloke and three year old. My mussels were exceptionally good, juicy and the broth had just the right amount of spice. The pizzas were better than average too. We've no idea about dinner tonight. We've only got eggs left in our camping stash so no doubt we'll venture out again.

Gratuitous beach shot as requested. It's truly beautiful here.

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

No, I'm not sure I would like marmite with it - generally kiwis might put marmite on sandwiches or sometimes in a beef stew.

When when we are at home we'll make a coriander oil to go with a frittata if we have fresh coriander (cilantro).

Apr 02, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

I've also had that tip handed down from Spanish grandma's. It certainly makes life easier if sourcing fresh octopus is difficult.

Apr 02, 2015
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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

A clean-out-the-fridge massive frittata tonight. Leek, broccoli, sausage, sundried tomato and cheeses.

It's doubling as dinner tonight and road trip fare tomorrow. We get a four day weekend in NZ for Easter so we're off to a beach campground for a glamping trip with the new tent before winter sets in.

Among the attractions of the spot is a bay about five minutes drive away called 'hot water beach' where you dig a hole in the sand at low tide and it fills with hot water. There's also supposed to be a vineyard that does an excellent lunch nearby as well as a local pub that has good meat pies.

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

How awful. Hoping the surgery goes well and the recovery is swift.
Love the bagel plating.

Mar 30, 2015
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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Broccoli Scacciata from kattyeye's blog tonight. It's a Sicilian version of a calzone I'm being told by google.

We've made this once before and it was ridiculously good. I'm using my standard pizza dough (currently rising) and am about to go on the hunt for a halfway decent sausage to add to the huge amount of broccoli that fills it. Finding a decent sausage isn't easy these days. The tasteless supermarket ones are full of gristle and bone chips and even sausages from decent butchers can be hit and miss.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Last night the mother-in-law joined us for dinner. To start we had a salad or ruby grapefruit, bottarga and slivers of onion.

We followed this with ouzo and garlic roasted chicken with crunchy rice. Grilled cos lettuce on the side.

The chicken bones went into the slow cooker overnight and I'll use the stock in tonight's dinner of pumpkin soup.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

According to Wikipedia mine was Kansai style. Not layered and no noodles. I used bacon instead of pork because there was some that needed using.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

It's a mish-mash of stuff tonight. There's a little leftover soup but not enough for a full meal. Inspired by MmeFleiss up thread I'm making okonomiyaki to use up leftover cabbage. Also there's some celery leaves floating about so I may make tempura leaves as a pre dinner snack with wine. It's Friday here so of course there's wine.

The three year old requested rice with crunchy and soft bits (rice cake) for her early dinner tonight so I'll cook pastis and garlic chicken tomorrow to eat with the remainder of the rice cake.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Thanks JM!

Mar 26, 2015
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