Monday, March 28, 2011

Chicken and Rice Stew

I made this for a study group a couple weeks ago. But I didn't take a picture because we were looking at too many types of geometry for me to remember. Regardless, it was really good, though not in a typical chicken-and-rice soup kind of way we're all used to. Anyway, this makes a lot but seems to be enjoyed enough to only leave a bit of leftovers. Hope you enjoy!

3 slices bacon, chopped
2-3 tablespoons rosemary-infused olive oil (or just olive oil)

2 large onions
1 teaspoon each: harissa, pomegranate molasses, salt, tumeric
1/4-1/2 teaspoon fenugreek
2 tablespoons citrus vinegar

2 large russet potatoes, cut up
1 pound carrots, cut up
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can corn
1 handful dried chanterelle mushrooms
32 ounces chicken broth
water as needed
2 pounds chicken breast (with juices)
salt and pepper as needed
1 cup white wine
2 heads of garlic, left whole
1 2-inch slice orange peel
10 peppercorns
1 star anise
1 small stick cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
2 dried limes
1/2 teaspoon saffron

1/2 - 1 cup red rice
1 preserved lemon, chopped
2/3 cup shredded cabbage
salt and pepper as needed

Fry the bacon in the olive oil. Add the second group of ingredients and fry until the onions are fragrant and mostly transluscent. Put the anise, cinnamon, cumin and peppercorns in a bundle (I use a tea strainer) and add it plus the remainder of the third group of ingredients. Let simmer one hour, remove the spice bundle, then add the last group of ingredients and let cook one more hour. Makes 6-ish quarts.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Storage

Wow, this is back now too! Sorry for missing all this stuff, guys. I know I've been a flake. Recipe will be along tomorrow.

Since I last wrote up a Sunday post, the following have been used:

Grape leaves
2-3 pounds chick peas
1 pound navy beans
2 pounds white rice
handful of bulghur wheat
some rolled oats (though a friend of mine keeps a massive container of those here too, for when he's studying here and wants to eat oatmeal)
all of the all-purpose flour (I bought another bag though and am only keeping one bag at a time in the house, like a normal person, now)
1 jar yeast
6 pounds sugar
1 container baking powder
1 pound pasta

So... yeah. Kind of a lot. WOO!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Spending

Once again, I didn't make it to the grocery store this week. I'm thinking I will set my weekly budget to $30 from now on. That should account for me not living alone anymore, without stretching the budget out too far. I'm pretty low on produce so next week I'll actually make it to the store, I believe. Mostly the eating has been coming straight from pantry storage (which is good!) and eating out (which is not).

Friday, March 25, 2011

Food Waste Friday

This was not my best week ever. In fact, it was very not good.

This week I wasted:

1/2 cucumber
2 small loaves pita

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Spending

I haven't really been keeping track of my shopping as much lately (as y'all probably could tell), though I do know I've been keeping under budget (mostly because I won't shop at all for a few weeks, then I wind up spending about $50 all at one time). I want to get that changed and start keeping track weekly again, so hopefully by next week I'll have more stuff to say. Also, I haven't been living alone recently so I also will need to adjust the grocery budget slightly to accommodate that. By next week I should have figured out what the new budget will be (I'm thinking probably $30/week, but we'll see what I come up with) and I'll let y'all know.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Food Waste Friday

This week, I wasted:

3 hot dog buns

Not great, but I'll work on it more.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Food Waste Friday

Sorry I've neglected you all for so long, but I'm back again now.

This week, I wasted:

1 cup yogurt
1 small eggplant