Tuesday, February 11, 2014

28 List: November and December Recipes

In the last month, I've cooked two sides from the November and December 2013 Bon Appétit magazines - meaning I'm almost caught up! In both cases, I chose roasted veggie sides to complement a steak main (Pat's favourite meat) and made a few alterations based on ingredients I had on hand.

Oh - and sorry in advance about these terrible photos! There is absolutely no natural light here at dinner time in the winter!

November: roasted cauliflower with lemon-parsley dressing
alterations: I used green cauliflower ("broccoflower") instead of white and a pinch of Italian spice mix (I make myself with different dried herbs) instead of fresh parsley
served with: steak and sauteed greens (probably a mix of Swiss chard, beet and radish greens and possibly some spinach)
verdict: pretty good - I love roasting cauliflower, it imparts a great nutty flavour, which the lemon complements nicely. I think white cauliflower would have been better here though since it's a bit firmer.

December: sweet and sour brussel sprouts
alterations: I used sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin and a "French" spice mix (again, I mix a bunch of dried herbs for these) instead of fresh rosemary
served with: steak and rice with orzo (a favourite recipe from Ottolenghi and Tamimi's Jerusalem cookbook)
verdict: so-so - I LOVED the roasted brussel sprouts (practically melt-in-your-mouth good and not at all bitter like brussel sprouts can be) and the crunch of the seeds, but I didn't like the dressing. The red wine vinegar was too overpowering. I'll definitely be trying this again with my own spin on the dressing.

Now on to January and February!

What new recipes have you tried lately?

1 comment:

Angie said...

Those look good! I love new recipies!!! I just tried one for Chicken Noodle soup the other week, and then - just today - I'm making a new version of cabbage rolls in our massive crock pot. Then, for V-day, we were thinking of making lobster Mac and Cheese for dinner - another new recipie! :) Glad you're "around" more hehehe