Monday, February 17th

Breakfast:

sliced bananas, honey

Rolled Oats 168 with top milk

toast with butter Jelly 704, 709, 710

coffee for adults (cocoa for children)

Luncheon:

Spanish Rice 494

bread and butter

Plums 718

tea for adults (milk for children)

Dinner:

Codfish Casserole 424

Baked Potatoes 1067

bread and butter

Pear Salad 761, Peanut Mayonnaise 844

Floating Island 234

coffee for adults (milk for children)

A breakfast observation:  Unlike later in the year, Meta gives options on the Jelly: 704 Crab Apple Jelly, 709 Grape Jelly or 710 Strawberry Jelly.  Somewhere along the line, the jelly choice narrows down to one (jelly selection-fatigue)?  I took this opportunity to choose my fav, strawberry.

Observations like this serve as a good reminder that I am truly an obsessive nerd.  Have I mentioned yet how many copies of Meta Given’s books I own?  It’s probably best not to reveal this information.

In any case, this was a rather tasty breakfast.  I haven’t had bananas and honey on oatmeal previously and they were particularly nice.

2.12.14 Breakfast

I didn’t expect much from 494 Spanish Rice since the only seasoning was 1/2 teaspoon of paprika (does paprika even have a flavor?)  However, it was super tasty.  The long bake made the rice tender and melded it with the beef and bacon bacon flavor with hearty tomato backup.  Yum.

I was unaware that canned plums were available, but that may be because they compare very unfavorably to their fresh (or even dried) cousins.  They were a muddy brown with an unfortunate texture.  There were a lot of canned items in today’s menu (the tomatoes, peas and pears were quite a bit better than the plums).  I think canned produce gets an unfair rep.  They’re convenient, cheap, and in the event of a natural disaster (such as a zombie apocalypse), I’ll be sitting pretty while those who insist upon fresh will develop scurvy.

2.17.14 Lunch

Dinner was pleasant and filling, but not particularly memorable and a little too beige.  My husband said the best part about 424 Codfish Casserole was that it didn’t really taste like codfish.  (I like codfish, so I didn’t count this as a plus).  It did have a tasty cheese sauce; I find that cheese has the bacon-like ability to redeem an otherwise unfortunate dish.  I also rather enjoyed 844 Peanut Mayonnaise.

2.17.14 Dinner

Dessert was still in the same color scheme, but delicious. I was looking forward to trying it since Floating Island is a fun name, but the actual dessert was impressive.  Light and refreshing.

234 Floating Island

494 Spanish Rice and Beef

4 slices bacon

1 medium onion, chopped

1 1/4 lbs ground beef

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 No. 2 1/2 tin tomatoes (1 lb, 12 oz or 3 1/12 cups)

3/4 cup uncooked rice

1/2 tsp paprika

Dice bacon into small pieces and saute until done.  Remove from skillet and pour off half of the fat.  Saute the onions in the remaining fat.  Brown the ground beef with the onions.  Add rest of ingredients.  Transfer to a greased casserole dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for one and a half hours.  Add water if needed (I added about a cup and a half).  Makes 5 servings.

234 Floating Island

2 cups milk

6 TBSP sugar, divided

1/4 tsp salt

4 eggs, separated

1 tsp vanilla

3 TBSP lemon juice

Scald milk with 3 TBSP of sugar and the salt.  Beat egg yolks and slowly stir into the milk mixture.  Cook, stirring constantly until it just coats a metal spoon.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Chill.  When ready to serve, beat the egg whites until fluffy.  Add the remaining sugar and beat until mixed.  Add the lemon juice and beat until very stiff.  Transfer custard to individual serving dishes and drop meringue on top.  Makes 5 servings.

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