Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Steak and Salmon

Tonight I made myself, and Lucy, Air Fryer Salmon.

I coated the my portion of the salmon with olive oil, chopped parsley, lemon zest and lemon juice. Lucy's small piece was plain.

Into the air fryer for 10 minutes. That is all there is to it.


Why did I not take a photo of the steak???

For Chris I pan fried a small sirloin steak in a little olive oil. Both sides for 3 minutes then I added a dollop of butter and chopped fresh sage. Next into a 375˚ oven for about 10 minutes. It looked a perfect medium cook.

I served both dishes with roasted potatoes and made a salad. 

Monday, February 27, 2023

Chicken Noodle Soup

Finally, a winter storm is predicted for our area tonight into tomorrow morning. We shall see.

On Saturday, I made chicken broth using the bones I had in the freezer from a couple of roasted chickens we had. I also had a bag of vegetable scraps in the freezer. Parsley stems, onion skins, carrot ends and skins, and the tops and some stray stalks of celery. I added peppercorns, salt, and water to the pot. I poached some chicken breast to use for the meat in the soup. The stock simmered for over 2 hours. Once it cooked, I strained it and waited until Sunday to proceed. I cut up the chicken meat and put it aside to add to the finished soup

On Sunday, I sauteed chopped onions, carrots, and celery in oil. I added the strained broth and brought that to a boil. Next, I added mixed frozen vegetables along with frozen spinach. The chicken meat was added. The seasonings I used were salt, pepper, thyme, and a squeeze of lemon at the end.

I prepared the noodles and put them in a water container until tonight when Chris added them to the soup when it was heating up.

A perfect bowl of soup for dinner tonight!

Friday, February 24, 2023

Fish and Chips

First Friday of Lent. 

I know Lucy loves Friday night dinners during Lent. Tonight we decided on Air Fryer Fish and Chips. Big Y had the packages of Naked Cod for $13. There were 2 pieces of cod that I cut into cubes. Just enough for Chris, Lucy and me.

We did the fish in the air fryer and the chips in the oven.

The fish was so flaky and it had really fresh taste.
Fish and Chips Dinner. We served the fish and chips with tartar sauce, ketchup, or malt vinegar. The fries were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Air Fryer Fish Sticks

2 large eggs
3 tbsp milk
2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp Paprika
1 cup all-purpose flour
10 oz. Cod, cut into sticks
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
pinch ground black pepper
Tartar Sauce for serving

Combine the eggs and milk in a bowl.

Pour the breadcrumbs and paprika into a pie plate, or some dish that has sides. 

Pour flour into a second pie plate.

Coat the fish sticks in olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Dip the fish sticks into the flour, then the egg mixture, and finally the breadcrumbs.

Insert the Fry Tray into the basket of the air fryer.

Set the cooking temperature to 350˚F and cooking time to 3 minutes to preheat the air fryer.

Place the fish sticks in the basket. Insert the basket into the air fryer.

Set the cooking time to 12 minutes.

Flip the fish sticks halfway through the cooking time.

Serve with tartar sauce.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Beef Stew with Cannellini Beans and Sage

The last time I made this recipe Chris said we could have this every night. Similar comment tonight. This recipe is always well received here.

The recipe is from Every Night Italian, written by Guiliano Hazan.

I made this back in January and will probably make it again before the winter is over.

2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1-3/4 lbs beef chuck, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-1/2 inch cubes
1 cup yellow onion, thinly sliced crosswise
2 tsp shredded fresh sage leaves
2 tbsp dry white wine
1 cup beef broth
1 tbsp tomato paste
1-1/2cup drained canned cannellini beans

Put the butter and vegetable oil in a heavy braising pot and place it over hight heat.

When the oil and butter are hot, put half the meat and brown it on all sides. Remove the meat from the pot and season with salt and pepper.

Repeat with the remaining meat.

Lower the heat to medium-low and put in the onion. 

Sauté until it turns a reich golden color. 

Stir in the sage and raise the heat to high. 

Pour in the wine and let it bubble briefly to let the alcohol evaporate. 

Pour in the broth and stir in the tomato paste.                     

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

And Now We Are In Lent

Wait, is it already Lent? Have I posted anything this month? It seems like I have not!

Well, sometimes life gets complicated. I will catch up at some point.

But tonight, we had Manicotti. I am trying to remember the last time I made these.

So simple. Pasta, Ricotta, Mozzarella, some with spinach and marinara sauce, Rao's Marinara.

Applause came from the other side of the table. The Manicotti was quite delicious.

I did not use a recipe, but if you need one, use this. It is simple, and you can adapt it to your tastes, like adding spinach! From Taste of Home, click here.