Planning Day goes Awry — 13 October 2012

15 Oct

Roasted Garlic

This coming week, the Savvy Kitchen is on the road. All semblance of a schedule will go out the window. There may be cooking . . . in someone else’s kitchen or there may be wild and unsuccessful attempts to eat well with take-out foods. I expect any cooked meals under these circumstances will veer toward comfort food or stand-by classics in my repertoire. Or it may result in some improv, working with ingredients in a forsaken refrigerator or from a pantry.

Roasted Plum Tomato Sauce

I’ll be without my collection of cook books, but with the incredible on-line content related to food and recipes I won’t be cooking without a ‘net’. Stay with the Savvy Kitchen to experience the roller coaster of this week’s meals. If I have to send out an S.O.S., I hope you’ll be there to offer up an easy, tasty recipe.

Saturday night featured a Savvy dinner party with my longest serving friend. We started kindergarten together. It was a fun, relaxing evening — just what the culinary gods ordered! The best part was cooking with a very amenable sous-chef who brought a tasty Zinfandel and tackled the washing up. How perfect was that?

Comfort Food, yes?

Our menu was a feast and not one bit savvy for a single work-night supper. I planned to cook enough food so there would be plenty of portable left-overs to feed a small group again on Monday evening after I arrive at my destination.

Here’s Saturday dinner party menu, full of flavours from fall’s bounty:

Butternut Squash Risotto

—-my adaptation of a recipe adapted by The Wednesday Chef from Chez Panisse
Roasted Rosemary Brussel Sprouts & Vidalia onions
Maple-glazed Toupie Ham
Summer Plum Cake with Cognac Cream

—- from Rose Murray’s Taste of Canada: A Culinary Journey (Whitecap      Books, 2008)

Butternut Squash Risotto

When it’s posted, you’ll find the risotto recipe under a new category called “Savvy Celebrates.” I’ll file recipes in this category I consider worthy of a little more time or fuss. Ones suitable for weekend cooking experiments or company meals.

Just because I am unable to plan a week’s worth of meals doesn’t mean you can’t. Care to share what’s cooking in your Savvy kitchen? I might need the help!

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5 Responses to “Planning Day goes Awry — 13 October 2012”

  1. Debby Simpson October 15, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    I love brussel sprouts! This looks good. Looking at the risotto reminded me of a meal I had in Santiago, Chile last month that included squid ink risotto. It may sound odd, but it was amazing.

    • Susan at Savvy Single Suppers October 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      Wow Debby. What did it taste like? Can you describe it in words?

      • Debby Simpson October 16, 2012 at 10:30 am #

        I can try to describe it. It was very savoury and smooth, a bit pungent and dark if that’s a flavour. It was definitely wonderful.

  2. Molly Swoboda October 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    *Love* the new category, “Savvy Celebrates” — embraces a host of ideas for small toasts to large roasts. Be sure to keep us posted on your travels! ~m

    • Susan at Savvy Single Suppers October 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      Perhaps I can convince my sister, “The Cocktail Queen”, to supply a few tipple recipes for that category!

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