These are some of the recipes I'm kicking around for the holiday menu:
picadillo with rice (turkey picadillo instead of beef...)
garlicky lime corn salad
spice cookies with barley flour (my partner made a bunch, we inhaled, he baked more...)
curried tofu in coconut milk
persian rice cookies, rose-flavored (my thanks to spicehut for this one)
potato salad with roasted artichokes
and of course, spelt bread!!
Still searching for:
a main course fish dish I can make on the stovetop with a rich flavor. Test-drove a citrus-dill salmon today. Mneh. I'd love one with Indian flavors - I have a great mediterranean bay-olive-tomato-garlicky fish that I make on the stovetop, but I've maxed out on it for the time being.
A good rice and chicken salad, kid-friendly and can be served room temperature. (This would be a good time to admit that I can only manage boil-in-the bag rice. Somehow I burn all other kinds.) I think there's a wild rice, pineapple and chicken recipe out there somewhere...maybe my partner can be persuaded to handle the rice cooking part.
So. Only mild floundering in the mama's culinary world, with some shock at the cost of non-wheat flours. (2.49 for a wee bag of spelt flour? Ya gotta be kidding me. At this rate it'll be wheat-free or pay the kids' tutitions.) And a sinking feeling that, for the next little while, I will indeed become Mrs. Homemaker, as my available topics of conversations narrow down to:
- my family
- feeding my family
- my kids (raising, keeping healthy, loving thereof)
- gardening (see 'kids, raising' and 'family, feeding')
- insurance (see 'kids, paying for')
- my blog (see all of the above)
- the weather (and possibly how it relates to gardening and feeding)
The refocussing, though, will only come with time and getting the adjustment to the new regime's demands. Still, I know this pattern: give me a week and I'll be less Eliza Dolittle pre-big party and fabulous dress (think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman at the races) and more Eliza post-departure, when she tells off her hapless sweetie and stomps around (in perfect upper crust English, mind you). Translation: this will settle down.
In the meantime, anybody got a good recipe to recommend?