I needed to use up that basket of Ontario tomatoes that were waiting in the fridge. I remembered an "abundance" tomato soup recipe from last year that called for ripe tomatoes, garlic, and basil (still growing in the garden). Since I can't really make pesto this year, I thought that basil oil was a good alternative! It's really simple to make...just pick a bunch of basil leaves, bash them up in the pestle & mortar, add EVOO, let sit for a while, then strain into a jam jar.
|Tomato soup with basil oil|
|Flourless peanut butter oatmeal cookies|
I made up my special batch of GF cookies, using whole rolled oats, an egg, cinnamon, baking soda, brown sugar and some bashed up dairy-free dark chocolate. Then, I made another batch of cookies using the corny peanut butter and some unsalted butter that I had in the fridge. These, of course, also contained flour and some unlabelled chocolate chips I found in the cupboard. Might as well use these things up since the kids have no dietary restrictions.
Last night I made stirfry for everyone, to use up some veggies and some steak I found in the freezer. I had mine with a nice tuna steak instead. We all ate GF soba noodles because they're delicious and quick to prepare!
For lunch today, I have the remains of that quinoa mac 'n cheese, and some edamame I pulled out of the freezer. Tonight I'm heading out to dinner with friends at a place called Smokin' Joes (BBQ) so I'm not sure what I'll end up eating.
For the rest of the week, I have a few ideas. I'm just going to play it by ear as to what gets eaten when. The weather has been so up and down lately! I don't like cooking in a hot kitchen. I'd love to fire up the charcoal BBQ one more time this year....
Butternut Squash Laksa
Farm Boy Thai Turkey/Southwest Chicken sausages with baked potatoes
Roast pork with carrots and beets
Pan-fried trout with mashed sweet potato and sauteed chard
Of course, all bets are off if my copy of Jamie's Comfort Food arrives in the mail! I caught the first episode on Food Network Canada yesterday, and I was excited to see it had added content (based on the version I streamed on Channel 4OD). There was an extra recipe for Huevos Rancheros included that I can't wait to try!
One year ago, I hosted a ThanksBirthday feast!
Two years ago, I was playing with pesto.
Three years ago, I was making meals out of bits an pieces.
Four years ago, I cooked Nigella's pappardelle with butternut squash and cheese.
Five years ago, I was using up leftovers.