Jennifer Maiser writes about locally and sustainably grown food. The Cooking with a Friend series chronicles her cooking and menu planning adventures with her neighbor, J.
A week in Southern California turned into nearly two. By the time I returned to San Francisco I was worried that J. had moved on and was ready to break-up with our little cooking project. After discussing this over drinks the night I returned, we realized that we were both as excited as ever to continue cooking together.
I drove the majority of the menu plan this week. I'm desperately waiting for tomatoes to get to the market (it will be about another month before I start purchasing them), and expect our menu to become much more summer vegetable-driven pretty quickly. In the meantime, we had a fairly basic menu this week:
Final Menu, Week 9
- Grilled chicken salad with spinach, feta and green beans
- Oil and vinegar potato salad
- Roasted duck fried rice
- Hot cranberry beans with green garlic
- Corned beef and fresh bread
Cost: $26 each
Both of us remarked on the inexpensive week. Part of this is the magic of making this a long-term project. The cranberry beans and bread ingredients had all been purchased a few weeks back and didn't go into this week's cost. Of the $52 spent, approximately $30 of it was spent on meats: chicken, duck and corned beef.
The menu this week took some prep, but once we began actively cooking it was relatively quick to put together. On Saturday, I prepped the bread to rise overnight, cooked the white rice, and soaked the dry cranberry beans. We had purchased a prepared corned beef from a local butcher and that went into the slow cooker on Sunday morning. I baked the bread right before J. got to my apartment, and we were well on our way to a quick cooking day.
This week I'm including a recipe for roasted duck fried rice. We purchased the duck from a Chinese market in San Francisco, and having a pre-roasted duck adds to the simplicity of the dish. It tastes delicious and I've been eating it for breakfast all week.
Check out the recipe: Roasted Duck Fried Rice