What’s for dinner?

What a week of food!

Wednesday we had soup – cauliflower soup from the super natural everyday cookbook I’ve been enjoying. One of my soup troubles is that they never turn out quite as creamy as I expected. I’ve come to realize it’s because I never blend it long enough.

the makings of a good soup

the makings of a good soup

waiting to be mixed

waiting to be mixed

in process

in process

a finished bowl

a finished bowl

I’m loving having a little bit of this and a little bit of that for lunch.

bits & pieces & a smoothie too

bits & pieces & a smoothie too

I tried a mushroom risotto.

rice dressed as pasta

rice dressed as pasta

You know I’ve been trying to make food that we normally buy. And I’ve also read a couple of times about homemade hazelnut chocolate spreads. Plus I had two different recipes; one from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter and other from one of C’s colleagues. I used the colleague’s recipe because it used melted chocolate as well as cocoa powder. Here’s what I started with.

hazelnuts

roasting hazelnuts

in motion - no burning!

in motion - no burning!

Chocolate getting ready.

melting

melting

Scrubbed the roasted hazelnuts with a dishtowel to get rid of as much skin as possible. I didn’t worry too much about what was left. I put them in the blender to give them a whirl.

ready for butter

ready for butter

They made a powder, but I couldn’t get them to move to a butter.

hazelnut dust, not butter

hazelnut dust, not butter

just needed a new space

just needed a new space

I mixed in rest of the ingredients (cocoa powder, confectioners’ sugar, melted chocolate) gave it another whirl and voila!

hazelnut chocolate spread

hazelnut chocolate spread

Had to put it in a pretty container.

jarred

jarred

After that I was ready to put together a quick pot of chili.

perfect for a chilly night

perfect for a chilly night

And we couldn’t help ourselves. Chocolate hazelnut spread and coffee for breakfast.

drink, bread, spread

drink, bread, spread

Sunday, C made breakfast & I made the coffee.

patience

patience

batter & bananas

batter & bananas

too good to be caught in a picture

too good to be caught in a picture

Mid-day hunger!

cheese sandwiches & tomato soup

cheese sandwiches & tomato soup

C asked for tortellini for dinner. Here’s what we came up with.

making dinner

garlic, shallots & onion

Added the above with some pancetta and peas and you get this.

a big bowl of pasta

a big bowl of pasta

dinner!

dinner!

Monday may have been busy, but dinner is still important. I had pulled out some recipes I wanted to try. One of them happened to use stuff we had at home.

lots of cooking, little work

lots of cooking, little work

sun-dried tomatoes & almond pesto

sun-dried tomatoes & almond pesto

Nothing like a hearty meal on a cold rainy evening. Another food C often asks for is mashed potatoes.

all mashed up

all mashed up

yum!

yum!

topped & baked

topped & baked

One last picture.

cottage pie

cottage pie

A week of food that filled our bellies! <3

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