What’s for supper? Vol. 100: Same as it ever was

Once, an single young man tried to persuade me that NFP was bad because you might not be able to have sex on Valentine’s Day. He had me there.

Along not-really-similar lines, here we are at this momentous occasion of my one hundredth “What’s for Supper?” post, and I’m just marking it by telling you what we had for supper. Hey, at least I know what day it is. I even put on this special potholder just for you.

SATURDAY
Grilled ham, apple, and cheddar sandwiches on sourdough bread; pickles; chips

It was so good last week, we had it again.

The pickles, sadly, were not Siberian this time.

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SUNDAY
BBQ Korean pork ribs with rice and nori, roast broccoli, strawberries

I made a marinade with about 3/4 cup of gochujang, 1/3 cup of honey, 2 Tbs sugar, 2 Tbs soy sauce, and a bunch of minced garlic (which I’ve started buying in jars), mixed in some sliced onions, and let the meat sit and dream beautiful dreams about the future all day. Then my husband cooked the meat over the coals, and there was rejoicing.

I cut the broccoli into small pieces, mixed them up with olive oil, pepper, a little soy sauce, and sesame seeds, and put them in a shallow pan in a hot oven for twelve minutes or so, until it was a little blackened at the tips. Sesame oil is better, but I was out.

The rice was from the Instant Pot, using the 1:1 method. I prefer the Instant Pot if you want the rice a little sticky but are too cheap to spring for good rice. I ate as much pork as I could manage, then made a roll out of seaweed, rice, and the spicy onions. Hot damn.

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MONDAY
Honey mustard chicken thighs with red potatoes and broccoli 

I actually didn’t have any honey left after the Korean pork (a worthy sacrifice), so I made sauce with a little maple syrup and brown sugar, plus dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, and whatever, salt and pepper and garlic powder or something.

Probably I should have mixed the sauce with the potato wedges, then added the meat and seasoned it separately, and then added the broccoli near the end of the cooking, but I just tossed it all up together and put it in a greased pan and cooked it at 425 for about forty minutes. It turned out fine. The broccoli soaked up a lot of the sauce, which made it damp but tasty. Not bad at all.

I have a strong memory of taking pictures of this dish — the crisp chicken skin was especially pretty in the last dying light of afternoon — but I have no idea where they went.

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TUESDAY
Egg-in-toast, grapes

So nice. Such a reassuring food. Use plenty of butter.

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WEDNESDAY
Nachos

I says to my kids, I says, Someday you’re going to grow up and begin your own life and form new relationships, and then someone’s going to give you a tray of actual nachos, and you’re going to be very angry at me.

Just chips, ground beef, and pepper jack cheese. I bought sour cream, but it got pushed to the back of the fridge and froze. We had salsa, but it got pushed to the back of the fridge, and then it worked its way back up to the front, where it presented itself as fresh. IT WAS NOT. It was fermented. I spent the next three hours going “Phbbbbblehhh.”

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THURSDAY
Spaghetti with sausage, salad

Just jarred sauce with hot sausage, peppers, and onions added in.

Everyone was hungry, so it went over well.

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FRIDAY
Chicken shawarma and pita

It’s Friday, but it’s also CLARA’S BIRTHDAY! And when the birthday girl wants shawarma on Friday, she gets shawarma on Friday. She will also eventually get presents. Amazon Prime ain’t what it used to be.

Clara, however, will always be this:

in my head, anyway.

3 thoughts on “What’s for supper? Vol. 100: Same as it ever was”

  1. Re: the title, have you seen the Talking Heads movie “True Stories”? Not everything I watched in college has aged well, but that seems like a movie I need to watch again.
    Sat: salad with hard boiled eggs, chopped turkey, etc. Our salads are not as creative as yours, but it seemed to go over well.
    Sun: rotini because it was our Talk Like a Pirate Day party and we aim to have things that start with Arrrr.
    Mon: cream cheese chicken with noodles. Easy because crock-pot and also very expandable so as to bring to another family who just had a baby.
    Tues: Actual Pirate Day, but Krispy Kreme was a spoilsport so we didn’t get doughnuts. So we had oven pancake (one blueberry, one chocolate chip) to go with bacon and eggs.
    Wed: deer tenderloins and cheesy potatoes.
    Thurs: pizza
    Fri: well, I was figuring on mac and cheese, but it’s 95 out today and I don’t want to turn on the oven. So salmon with cream cheese and dill on croissants. Nice and cool.
    I am so glad I have these posts to keep me on track. I need to have the weekly plan in order to make anything, but I have about 5 weeks (okay, probably 6) before baby arrives and I don’t seem to be able to summon the brain power to think of anything to eat even though I keep being hungry… without this motivation, I wouldn’t make myself do it.

  2. I am sorry to do this to you, Simcha, but I need help!

    My seven-year-old wants to be Toothless the Night Fury for Halloween. I am NOT crafty at all and I visit no crafty sites. We have a purple bat costume, and I think if I buy a nifty Toothless hat online and paint the purple bat costume black (and make a tail!), it ought to work. So tell me, crafty people, is it feasible to paint an entire felty-type kids bat costume with fabric paint? Is there any particular fabric paint I should look for, or avoid? I haven’t the faintest idea how to dye fabric, or what kind of mess that would make, but would that be easier than fabric paint? Any bright ideas about the tail would be appreciated.

    Just remember you’re talking to a craft illiterate.

    And be proud of me that I’m trying to get on with this in September instead of waiting til October 25 when it would surely end in wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    1. I’ve never done this so I can’t vouch for it, but you could try spray paint for fabric. Joann’s seems to carry it.

      Otherwise, buy cheap black fabric and sew or glue it to a black long-sleeve top under the arms and along the sides to make wings. Would that work?

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