Anotheryarn Eats

August 19, 2009

apparently I didn’t cook last week

Filed under: almost a recipe, thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , , , — anotheryarn @ 4:25 pm

At least that is what my list and photographs tell me. But now as I recap for you, it sure seems like I did cook. Two meals on Tuesday, a simple meal on Thursday (pot of pinto beans), a summer feast on Sunday and desperation burritos on Monday (done by TheHusband since I was simply too famished to cook and he had happily munched on fruit all evening).

lunchTuesday, around lunch time, I didn’t want to cook (it was a trend) but needed to eat. So I decided to make make a quick bean salad. It started with a can of garbonzo beans, then I grabbed a small zucchini, make that two, that needed to be eaten – oh a quick saute in olive oil with some herbs (actually I’ve been using Penzey’s Mural of Flavor as my go-to lazy blend lately), then I decided to chuck in some kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes (see what did I tell you? boring to hmmm, this is pretty good). Hmm, I think this needs a little bit of tart, so I splashed the last of my red wine vinegar in the bowl and scooped myself up about half of it lest I loose control and eat the entire bowl. IM not generally accurate O this made two nice sized servings. I took the bowl and my laptop outside to enjoy the fabulous weather (high of 75) hoping it would inspire me to start writing – but it didn’t.

IMG_7144Tuesday night I decided that something must be done about our over-flowing fridge. I cleaned out all the icky leftovers (sigh, I hate when I don’t effectively manage our leftover consumption) and made a big mess of roasted vegetables as well as a potato-celeriac mash (woooo! that darn celeriac is finally gone). Does anyone happen to know if celeriac always floats when in water or was mine just really too old to cook? Trust me, you don’t really want a recipe for either of these things. This mess o’ roasted vegetables contained: summer squashes, onions, carrots, green beans and kohlrabi.

summerdinnerSkipping all the way to Sunday night, we made a very Summer Meal, if a bit on the yellow side. Corn on the cob (from the grocery store, because I was craving it), sauteed summer squash (yet again with that Mural of Flavor) and a big green salad (lettuce, cucumber, carrots, radishes all from the CSA and a tomato from the FM) topped with homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. This time I didn’t follow a recipe, and just sort of chucked stuff in, only grabbing a small measuring cup to get more or less equal quantities of sour cream, mayo and buttermilk. It also had garlic, salt, a handful of chives, a handful of dried parsley (oops, forgot that at the store) and black pepper. I did end up adding a bit more buttermilk to get it to a thinner consistency. We should have had green beans too, but that would have required a third pot, which seemed like two pots too many for such a simple meal and TheHusband declared corn, squash and salad enough food.

Finally on Monday, we had a late dinner of burritos, using some leftover beans and my thankfully already cleaned lettuce (with the usual tortillas, cheese, salsa and sour cream). Photos were forgotten as I scarffed down the food. Besides, a photo of a burrito is generally not so hot – all that white on my white plates.


February 11, 2009

February 9: the last of the potatoes

Filed under: Recipes — Tags: , , — anotheryarn @ 6:39 pm

I really thought that I would be posting about breakfast by now.  But I really want to stick to one topic and so I slowly count down the remaining CSA items.  Last week the cabbage was used up, this week I finished off the potatoes, now it is just a matter of using up the remaining winter squashes I keep forgetting about in the garage.

I picked up a chunk of celeriac from the winter farmer’s market in January, then I kept getting stumped by what recipe to use.  I planned on making soup, but on Monday night I felt more like eating mashed potatoes and I found a recipe that managed to use up the remaining CSA potatoes, the celeriac and some hedgehog mushrooms we got at the farmer’s market the day before.  It was pretty good, but not amazing.  It also took way longer than I thought it would when I skimmed the recipe.  Some of that time was spent agonizing over whether or not I should send TheHusband out to buy some sherry, what kind and how long does it last anyways.  In the end my guess of white wine or dry vermouth being decent substitutes was backed up by a google search and we didn’t bother buying sherry.  In the end the mushrooms sauteed in butter with some rosemary and dry vermouth were the best part of the meal.  I was also amazed at how fragrant the celeriac was… it made me wonder if a celery scented candle would be nice.


Mashed Potatoes and Celeriac and Wild Mushrooms from (originally published November 1995)

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