Wednesday, April 11, 2007
the last two nights haven't lended themselves to careful and studied meal preparation. on monday, i left work at five and needed to have dinner on the table at 5:30. last night, i was working (kind of - it was more fun than work) until almost 9, and was ready to eat when i got in the door. so. what is a girl to do? 1. salad! monday i went back to an old recipe that never fails to please - non-cobb salad. when you're having salad as a meal, you'd better make it substantial, right? right. our non-cobb had romaine, annie's cheddar bunnies, hard-cooked eggs, boca chicken, and tempeh bacon. if you don't consider that salad a meal, we can't hang out. unless you're training to be an ultimate fighting champion or something. that's pretty cool. 2. ragout! i'm going to find out exactly what a ragout is. right now. wikipedia says: The term ragout (French ragoût) can refer to a main-dish stew or to a sauce for noodles or other starchy foods. The basic method of preparation involves slow cooking over a low heat. The potential ingredients are many: ragouts may be prepared with or without meat, a wide variety of vegetables may be incorporated, and they may be more or less heavily spiced and seasoned. huh. all right. well, the recipe in vegetarian times called this dish a ragout, and i'm not going to call them out, though the cooking time was under 30 minutes. think of the dish as garlic-y cannellinis and mushrooms. i added peas just because i needed something green. with toasted breadcrumbs, it was a really nice, quick, comforting meal that came together in the commercial breaks for that search for the new pussycat doll reality show. don't judge me. for both meals: eggs: farmer's market. unfortunately, i wasted two eggs by trying to get ahead of the game and cook them during my lunch break. i remembered them after my 3 o'clock meeting. oops. cheddar bunnies, romaine, peas: organic, from co-op boca chicken, lightlife tempeh bacon, breadcrumbs, garlic oil, mushrooms: from co-op. can't remember if they were organic right this moment, as i type away from home. cannellis: goya, from co-op. no organic white beans around, and i had the recipe in mind. ranch dressing: not-so-supermarket. there's no light ranch at the co-op. shocking, yes. waste: 2 hard-boiled eggs that sat in lukewarm water for 5 hours, plastic chicken wrappers, plastic tempeh wrapper. quorn doesn't wrap its patties individually, in case you were interested. but is mycoprotein sustainable? guess it's time to find out.
Posted by Frisky at 3:09 PM