This week was a major challenge.
A friend arrived from New York to a packed schedule. No time to shop, much less cook, as we rushed home from a hot and hectic day to change, grab something to eat and head out for the evening by 6:30pm. Somehow I had to stock the kitchen with a variety of simple, quick to assemble items that could make a meal in minutes..
This is what I did (but note: this was not the moment for economy; speed and efficiency was the priority):
Meats/fish: chicken breasts, steaks, smoked duck breast, smoked salmon, freshly cooked shrimp
Dairy: large plain whole milk yogurt, 5 different kinds of cheese – all good sized pieces
Good breads/crackers: a nice selection
Vegetables: an assortment of lettuces, cucumbers, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, spring onions, fennel, lemons, garlic, parsley, dill – plus baking and salad potatoes, olives
Sweets (if we had time): sorbet waiting in the freezer, cookies, chocolates
Chicken in yogurt served cold (see recipe earlier in this blog): made early in the morning before the day started and left ready to serve in the fridge.
Green salad with parsley, capers and oil/lemon juice dressing
Cheese (2 kinds), bread/butter and crackers
Shrimp salad with lettuce in yogurt/dill dressing (try to buy shelled shrimp or shell shrimp in morning)
Potato salad with olive oil, whole grain mustard and red wine vinegar dressing (potatoes were boiled and dressed in the morning and left ready to serve in the fridge)
Cheese (another 2 kinds), bread/butter and crackers
Steaks – 2 minutes each side in hot non stick pan
Baked half potatoes: sliced in half, brushed with olive oil and baked in pre-heated, 200C oven until done, served with butter and yogurt (Note: these were put in the oven as soon as we got home, baked while we changed and readied the rest of supper)
Tomato and cucumber salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing
Smoked duck breast, thinly sliced
Tomato, pepper strips and fennel salad with spring onions and capers, oilve oil/vinegar dressing
Cheese from those remaining, bread/crackers/butter
Smoked salmon with yogurt, lemon, bread and butter
Lettuce, mushroom and tomato salad with olives in olive oil/lemon dressing
Cheese (all remaining) and crackers