monday menu

Monday's are kind of our Fridays. And last Monday we went kind of all the way with a three course meal. We kept it easy though. No need to exhaust ourselves.
I wanted to do something French, but I felt a bit uninspired for the starter, so we drank a nice fresh white wine with some crispy bread, aioli & some (Italian) cold cuts.

For the main course, I picked up two chunky entrecotes from the butcher and a nice bottle of red.
I made a sauce to go with the entrecote (I'm terrible at reducing, impatient eh...? was delicious nonetheless). And bought a bottle of Bordeaux wine (when you eat Frenchy food, you got to have some French wine, you know...you just have to). A simple green salad on the side, and crispy herby potatoes. Brilliant.

Chateaubriand sauce
Butter - 75 g
Shallots - 2
Mushrooms - 150 g
Garlic - 1 clove
Dry white wine - 150 ml
Chicken stock - 300 ml
Dried tarragon - 1 tablespoon (levelled)

Honey-mustard vinaigrette 
olive oil - three spoons 
white wine vinegar - one spoon
pepper & salt - as much as you like
fresh parsley - as much as you like
dijon mustard - one teaspoon
honey - one teaspoon

I added chopped walnuts to the salad for extra crunch.

Thyme & parmesan roast potato
And for the potato side, I simply sliced potatoes and mixed them with thyme, salt, pepper, olive oil and parmesan cheese. And put them in the oven (200C) for about 25 minutes. 

For dessert I made/attempted a tarte tatin. This was actually the second try in making a nice tarte tatin. The last one got all mushy and applesauce-like. So this time I used different apples, and changed the method. 
It's not there yet, but it's getting closer. I'm not going to outline how I made this tarte tatin, as it wasn't quite the way it's supposed to be. I did learn Jonagolds work better than 'Goudreinetten'. 

And wait... what does Wikipedia tell me?  Goudreinetten are called Belle de Boskoop in English?! 
You learn something new every day, don't you? Weird name for an apple anyway. 

Au revoir!


dinner for one: caesar salad

I was home alone the other night, and I quite enjoyed that. 


And I thought, you know what, I will make myself something nice. 

Well, you've already read what I decided upon. I love it. Caesar salad and a glass of white wine. 



Favourite white at the moment; really fragrant, it's fruity but dry, nice subtle minerals. Good value for money (7euros). And a good match with salads (possibly better with a goat cheese salad). 





These are the ingredients I used for my Caesar. Quite obvious how to prepare it, I suppose ;). 

I boiled the egg, baked the chicken in the oven with a bit of chili flakes and oregano, cut the tomatoes in quarters, baked the pancetta until crispy, and made perfect croutons.... 
They were really good.... I tore the white bread, microwaved the butter until fluid, and drizzled it over the bread chunks, bit of salt, and in the oven (200C) until brown on the outside, but still a bit soft on the inside. And then, a tiny bit of magic, I have this slight obsession with truffle oil, it's just...soo tasty. So I drizzled that over the croutons. 
Buttery truffled croutons, mmmm!

I used ready-made caesar dressing, because I was scared I might blow my whole salad my attempting my own, and the supermarkets (Albert Heijn) version is really good. 


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