anyways, it feels like i haven't cooked anything in months. like all summer, really.
which isn't really true at all, because there has been lots of eating going around in this
there's been numerous trips to farmer's markets, which results in a fridge that's always filled with bountiful produce, and for the most part, it's all been gobbled up (my apologies to that lovely bunch of asparagus that went to mush...such a sad waste of life).
but, i guess there's no time like the present to fill you in, right?
here's what i've been eating...and some of the inspiration behind them.
flatbreads. because they are seriously the best thing ever. and the chef can whip one up from nothing.
summer = salads.
the first hit was smitten kitchen's mouth-awakening bloody mary tomato salad. i love pretty much anything with green olives in it, and i always forget how tasty worchestershire sauce is, or "woo" sauce as the chef's family calls it. speaking of which, this salad immediately made us think that the chef's mom would love it, so i'm sure it will make another appearance when we visit her in vancouver in a few weeks.
the second was a lovely green lentil number, with crisp tomatoes, green onions, goat cheese and just lemon, olive oil and salt. so satisfying and memorable. if you want a laugh, take a look at this video, specifically when she mentions what she wears as a hat!
although there hasn't been much time to be able to share the usual recipes with you, there have been memories made instead. it always amazes me how food can evoke such emotion and memory, and this fact was further proven to us last week at the cabin at the lake. my grandfather (on the left) and his friend harvey were discussing the old days during the depression. they were reminiscing about how little money they had, but made it sound like the best time of their life. specifically, they mentioned a banana cream pie that sold for 15 cents a piece at a cafe that they couldn't afford to frequent. they stared at the pie through the window, and imagined what the pie would taste like. later in life, harvey's wife regularly made him banana cream pie. harvey's wife now lives in a home for senior citizens, and suffers from alzheimer's. he spoke of her so sweetly as he mentioned her "famous" banana cream pie, which of course instantly had the chef and i making an ingredient list in our heads. we made him a banana cream pie the next day. it took an hour trip to the store, and three recipes within a recipe (crust, custard, cream)...not to mention that i hate bananas and gag at the smell of them, and it required using the oven in the summer.
i'm sure the pie did not live up to the memory of his wife's, but the smile on his face while he ate an enormous slice was worth all of the work!
so, i'm back, friends. and it's good to be back!
ill be back soon with banana bran muffins (for back to school, perhaps?), last bit of summer salads, and some restaurant reviews as well.