You know money is tight when you make half dollar pancakes.
OK, that was actually a flipping accident, this morning. The weekend flew by much too quickly. Saturday was chores, a few things to be picked up. My household likes a good bargain (I am part Scot) and you'd be surprised what you can find if you have a keen eye. A "scratch and dent" sale at a food wholesalers resulted in a lot of new canned goods, marked with a marker on the label with the date to use by, so they can be rotated through regularly, keeping the emergency pantry fresh as well as very stocked.
Since I'd had a long week, Partner offered to cook dinner last night while I relaxed with some wine from Aldi (don't laugh, they have some decent table wine) with my feet up. This is what he came up with and it was delicious! I'm going to check out some of the other Nantucket Off-Shore sugar and salt free rubs, this one was really good! (click on recipe name to open) Herb-crusted Chicken.
And yes, in honor of the 11th Doctor on this 50th anniversary show night - bow tie pasta.
I'm not too proud to grab something someone threw out just as most of my kitchen ware is from thrift shops. Nothing matches, but each piece is unique and has a story. One I do not know, but can catch a glint of as I wash it and put it away.
I recently got a complete set of very high quality cast iron cookware, including a huge griddle that crash pad neighbors threw out after they apparently ran it through the dishwasher and watched it rust. A good clean and seasoning and they were perfect.
But to work, one needs fuel.
Silver Dollar pancakes with Thick Cut Bacon.
Partner (smiling): How do you DO that? You're like the Columbo of Cribbage!
Barkley went outside once, going to the bottom of the steps and coming right back as if to say "it's too cold!". He then laid on his bed in the office, sulking because he doesn't know 1000 words like the Border Collie we saw on the news yesterday
If it wasn't for those darn pronouns!
Before you know it, it was time for supper. I knew what it was going to be. A Canadian blogger was kind enough to give me the recipe for her Lebanese rice. She gave me the ingredients and the basic amounts (use as much as you like :-) which let me play with what worked or not for my palate. There was just one extra secret ingredient (cinnamon) to make it my own, as well as pitas and an addition of a side of yogurt/mint/cumin cucumber sauce that offset the spicy dish perfectly.
I present the HOTR version of Herbed Lebanese Rice.
Thanks for stopping by. I needed a couple days to just relax and regroup. It's easier to write, to plan and to work, when I can do this, and I appreciate those of you who wish to share it when I do.