|Food & Motivation
||[Sep. 22nd, 2011|01:45 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
Today's farmshare (from Farmer Dave) contained a ginormous eggplant, so I cut it into thirds-ish and roasted it, then turned the innards into baba ghanoush. The roasting took the longest at 40 minutes (probably 30 would've done it), with peeling a distant second while throwing all the ingredients into the food processor was the fastest bit. Also used farmshare garlic & farmshare parsley. Easy peasy.
In fact, the winner for PAIN IN THE ASS in this recipe was the tahini I had in the cabinet and hadn't even opened, much less used, in years. It took me probably an hour of abusing it with a spoon and a butter knife to bring it back to a state of creaminess (rather than a solid and a liquid).
I ate the bunch of arugula I got in the farmshare for dinner, after topping it with home-made vinaigrette dressing (using pomegranate vinegar as a base; it's a little too sweet... I like fig vinegar better, I think). The new pouring top we got this weekend for the olive oil bottle helped a lot with that task.
The "slicing tomato" got sliced and each slice went on a piece of fresh garlic ciabatta (an awesome kind of bread) then topped with a slice of fresh mozzarella (bread & mozzarella were store-bought, alas).
Also washed, drained, & froze the raspberries. Everything else went in the fridge.
Next up! First, eating the chilled baba ghanoush. Second, using the Thai basil I grew in a pot in the backyard in fresh spring rolls. (I've only ever had them with mint, I think.)
One of the nice things about food is that eating is a good motivation for going through the process of finding a recipe and preparing it. And, similar to the ease of being lame and not going anywhere, but having people show up & help me do things, having a farm share puts me in the position of having a pile of food that I need to handle. It sort of works for getting me motivated. Not as much as I'd like, but sort of...