Summer is here, and with it comes the usual mad challenge of trying to cook “all the things”. My CSA basket is overflowing, so I need to try new things just to keep up. Here is what I did in June:
June 1 - instant pot pulled pork (https://thesaltymarshmallow.com/instant-pot-pulled-pork
). Could have been a bit more tender and I like longer shreds, but the flavour was excellent (I used my Kickin’ Barbecue Sauce so of course it was)
June 4 - butter tarts (St Davids Cooks Cookbook?) Too much butter.
June 4 - Switchel - https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_ginger_switchel/
, this version was a little easier to make and has a nice flavour
June 6 - rice and asparagus pilaf (https://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/10-minute-asparagus-rice-pilaf/
June 13 - Wasabi mashed potatoes (from Great Canadian Cuisine), with a salmon and sorrel recipe vaguely inspired by this: https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-the-fast-easy-and-tech-free-way-to-sous-vide-salmon-231061b
June 14 - sorrel frittata. I used leftover wasabi mashed potatoes (to which I had added chives) instead of raw potatoes, which is just as well because I forgot the onion. I also used ham instead of prosciutto, and didn’t measure anything carefully. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11013-frittata-with-sorrel-potatoes-and-prosciutto
June 17 - https://www.modernhoney.com/fettuccine-alfredo/
. This was supposed to be amazing according to reviews. It was fine. I ate too much. But it wasn’t the best alfredo I have ever eaten.
June 19 - Polish sorrel soup (https://www.polonist.com/polish-sorrel-soup-szczawiowa/
) this was pretty darned tasty. I didn’t bother using nettles or spinach, or running it through a blender. I used leftover mashed potatoes, sour cream and an egg. The egg really made it!
June 24 - Ungerische Kaesesuppen (from Rumpolt’s Ein New Kochbuch)
June 28 - sourdough tortillas (https://www.growforagecookferment.com/sourdough-tortillas/
June 29 - https://simply-delicious-food.com/pasta-with-basil-cream-sauce-recipe/
. This was disappointing. I was sure it would be from the moment I looked at the picture. There was no way that cream sauce had a cup of roughly chopped basil in it. Also - sage in my pasta? Savoury maybe! It didn’t help that I was using up a bit of whipping cream and had to add milk, that I had to abandon it mid-way because ballet was starting, that I didn’t want to dig out my blender so just used the immersion blender instead (and the mixture was too shallow in my frying pan for the blender to work properly), and I forgot the lemon juice at the end.
As I re-read the list, I see things I had already forgotten and want to try again. My sorrel has completely overrun my garden this year, so I need to make more soup, or the frittata, or both. I have already made the tortillas again