Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fridge, Freezer,

Apparently we are getting a new fridge on Thursday. Is that good or bad? I really don't know. Not only that, we bowl on Thursday so I am thinking we will put all the goodies from the fridge in coolers so we don't have to be here. I have already emptied the freezer department so don't have to worry about that. Actually as the fridge is now 66°F maybe I should put stuff in cool boxes anyway. It's funny the freezer is working fine, just the fridge part is kaput. In fact, other than jars of this or that, we don't have a heck of a lot in the fridge right now as shopping is tomorrow morning, but... do we shop or not. There are a few things we need tomorrow (today now I guess) but some of the items we could put off til Thursday I guess. Difficult to plan isn't it? How long does it take for a fridge to get cold anyway, I am damned if I know.

Of course our main freezer is stuffed to the gills right now because we went to Costco on Tuesday.
We intended to share a membership between a friend and I but unless we share the same address they won't let you do that. So I had to pay my membership and my friend was going to go through as a guest. Later she ended up buying herself a membership anyway. She also bought, which I was delighted to see, the final season of Downton Abbey so now she has all of them. Meanwhile Matt and I bought steaks, pork chops, lamb chops, ground beef, a lamb roast, chicken breasts, haddock fillets, salmon, ravioli and vitamin pills. That teed me off a bit too, we take a multi vitamin but this time could only find the bottles separated by the sexes so had to buy two bottles. That wasn't cheap. Costco is very easy to spend money in. Then when we got home, everything had to be repacked to go into the freezer in portions for the pair of us. A job of which I am not fond. However, I don't think we will be starving for a day or two, do you?

This is a somewhat different way of serving eggs.

Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce with Garlic Cheese Toasts


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We really liked this dish with the fruity heat of Turkish Aleppo pepper, but you can substitute crushed red pepper.
  • Yield:Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted petite diced tomatoes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices sourdough bread
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 2 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler to high.
2. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and minced garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook 1 minute or until liquid almost evaporates. Add sugar, salt, peppers, and tomatoes. Cover and reduce heat to medium; simmer 2 minutes. Crack eggs, 1 at a time, on top of tomato mixture. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until whites are set and yolks are soft.
3. Place bread slices on a baking sheet; broil 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until toasted. Rub bread with halved garlic clove. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese on each bread slice; broil 1 1/2 minutes or until cheese melts. Divide tomato mixture and eggs evenly among 4 shallow bowls. Serve with garlic toasts.

Have a great day
 

18 comments:

  1. It is good you are getting a new fridge and maybe it will be bigger:) That is quite the shopping you did but now you are stocked up with the meats as I say. The egg recipe doesn't sound too appealing to me

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    1. Oops that recipe didn't come out very clearly. As you now know Birgit, the fridge may not be bigger. Sorry about that.

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  2. A new fridge has to be good. We're so dependent on them now, aren't we.

    That's an interesting recipe. A lot of my favourite flavours in it. Now all I need is some cooking enthusiasm, something that seems to have gone missing recently.

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    1. We are Helen. I remember living in a 2 room apartment without one and I used to keep milk in a foam cover which was wet in order to keep it cool. Someone gave me a crapped out ice cream freezer which was just right for keeping stuff at fridge temp. That was about 57 years ago. Frightening. Sorry no enthusiasm for cooking. Something you don't need to lose.

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  3. Hi Jo - that looks a good supply of meat and other foods ... as you say you won't be starving .. hope the change over of the fridge freezer will work out happily. The egg recipe looks good .. and with a garlic toast is an easy supper dish .. cheers Hilary

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    1. It was a lot, cost a lot too Hilary, but we will be OK for a while. So long as the damned freezer doesn't go out on us too LOL. Yes, I want to try the eggs soon.

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  4. Costco (and the other stores like BJ's) are dangerous because you can spend so much money. I miss Costco. All we have here is BJ's.

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    1. You are so right JoJo. I have heard Costco called the $300 store. Don't know BJ's, only know Sam's.

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  5. it is always cool to buy something such big and useful dear jo,hope new fridge will meet your desires

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    1. Luckily I don't have to buy it Baili, the apartment managers do that which is why I have no choice about the size of the fridge provided.

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  6. When we go to the beach, our cottage fridge is always off and has to cool down. It usually reaches the proper temperature in a few hours as long as you don't stuff it with warm items, like pop and beer.

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    1. The cleaners were here and looked it up on their phone. It said 12 to 24 hours depending on what you put in it. I think ours took closer to 12 Liz. Didn't know you had a cottage at the beach, lucky you. Where is it cape Hatteras perhaps?

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  7. Sounds like you'll be good and set for awhile. I do the same thing with chicken, I part it for two servings. But I have to be honest, I enjoy the work.

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    1. I would think/hope so Ivy. We buy a pack of about 8 or so chicken breasts and pack them in twos. Same with all the other stuff. It becomes hard work when standing is painful.

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    2. Yes, I agree. Pain really can suck the energy from us. I'm sorry you hurt. I wish none of us, did.

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    3. That would be a perfect world Ivy.

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