Everything I’ve cooked (so far) during quarantine

I’m cooking more than ever. I thought it might be fun for me (and perhaps useful for you) to create a roundup of the recipes I’ve been making and enjoying since we’ve been staying at home. I’ll keep this post up to date as I continue trying new dishes. Bon appetit!

Iced matcha lattes

This is our afternoon pick-me-up for a gentle jolt around 3 p.m. I ordered our matcha from The Tea Smith, and I love their sweet vanilla version, which is just the right amount of sweet. For a latte in a pint glass, I use two tsp of the matcha powder, which I mix with one of these nifty Aerolatte milk foamers. Fill the glass about halfway with your choice of milk (I like oat, Matthew likes skim.) Fill the rest of the glass with water and add ice, if you like.

Spicy chicken stir fry with celery and peanuts

Coconut Basmati rice

I really overcooked this salmon (it was bad, friends) but the rice I made with it is some of the best rice I’ve made. It turned out just perfect, and I used the leftovers the next day for a big batch of fried rice, which I ate for a couple of lunches throughout the week.

Cauliflower Soufflé

Years ago, I saw a recipe online for a super simple cauliflower SoufflĂ©. I wrote it down and have since lost it. Here’s my latest attempt to recreate it.

I started with this recipe, and then added seasonings that I could remember from the old version. I ditched the parsley and added dried dill (fresh would have been better), and instead of Mozzarella, I used Parmesan. I also didn’t use heavy cream, as I didn’t have it, and I knew it wasn’t in the original recipe. I also added a fair amount of red pepper flakes, because I like the spice.

Brothy pasta with chickpeas

Giant blueberry oven pancake

Crisp smashed potatoes with fried onions and parsley and my mom’s meatloaf

for the meatloaf:

1 lb ground chuck
1/3 c ketchup
2 t Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t coleman’s mustard
1/2 t dried minced onion
1/4 c panko breadcrumbs
salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together in bowl, and form into loaf shape in casserole dish. Top with a thin layer of ketchup. Bake for one hour.

Publican chicken

Lemony turmeric tea cake

Turkey a-la king made with chicken instead

Jun tea

Cod with tomato fennel sauce

A recipe from an old Food Network magazine:

2 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing and drizzling
1 onion, sliced
1 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced, plus chopped fronds for topping
3 cloves garlic, two minced and one smashed
1 T chopped fresh oregano
1/3 cup pitted kalmata olives, halved
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1/3 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
1 28-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
4 skinless cod filets

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, fennel and a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook, stirring until the vegetables are tender and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic, oregano, olives and red pepper flakes and cooke until the garlic is softened, one to two minutes. Add the vermouth or wine and cook until it has completely evaporated, about three minutes. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until slightly thickened, about five minutes.

Generously season the cod with salt and pepper and nestle in the sauce. Cover and cook until fish is mostly cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the fish finish cooking in the sauce, about three more minutes.

Divide the sauce and fish among shallow bowls, drizzle with olive oil and top with fennel fronds. Serve with fresh bread or garlic toast.

Healthyish breakfast sandwiches

Spring carbonara

Homemade tofu

Ribeye and charred broccoli

For the broccoli: Cut a head of broccoli into florets and drizzle with olive oil. Season to your taste (I use garlic, salt and pepper) and roast in a 400 degree oven until broccoli is blackened and crispy.

Cheesy, spicy black bean bake

Slow cooker pot roast

Healthy banana bread

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