Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday's Dose of Inspiration










When vegetables are this sexy, they must be exposed for what they really are: glorious. But it turns out that when you buy this many vegetables, you have to cook them, even if you don't feel like cooking. There came that moment when we realized this and needed to act.

Out of sheer laziness we popped strawberries straight from the bowl into our gullets, grilled the asparagus, boiled up the little potatoes and the eggs and tossed them with a lemony vinaigrette* (and a butter lettuce and snap pea salad), and roasted everything else: beets, carrots, onions, even the rainbow chard, with a little salt and olive oil. We thought we were getting fancy when we took out the food processor and make a little garlic scape/olive oil puree which we've been using for everything...omelettes, mixed with fresh ricotta and eaten by the spoonful (sinful), this lemony vinaigrette:
* 1/4 tsp. sea salt, 1 tsp dijon mustard,
juice of 1 lemon,
finely chopped shallot (or a tsp. of the garlic scape puree),
1/4-1/2 cup good olive oil
...
Whisk together first four ingredients and then slowly add olive oil until emulsified and the taste is just right...


If we are what we eat then I am a giant glass of fast acting fiber...

12 comments:

erin said...

glorious is right! oh, what treats!

What Possessed Me said...

Beautiful photographs, Deb! I'm sorry to say that I had to throw out some (once) beautiful eggplant because I couldn't motivate to cook it while it was still fresh. I felt awful.

Marie said...

Hehehehe...moi aussi with the bagna cauda of last week :-)

Beautiful!

susy said...

I have been so into lemon dressings lately, too! I will have to try this one. I've been doing one with lots of anchovies.

Those potatoes. What a color.

hmstrjam said...

beautiful bon bon!

cindy : quaint said...

delicious! when can we come over ;)?

Aran said...

beautiful producde! those garlic scapes... lovely!

isabelle said...

love your sexy vegetables ...

Clementine said...

aaaah, I never know what to do with garlic scapes. There's a bunch sitting on the kitchen counter right now. But a dressing! that's brilliant, thank you :)

cindy* said...

those are some sexy veg....

denise said...

i put myself in the very same glorious sexy vegetable situation regularly. your egg portrait is wonderful--the various sizes and colors are so pure and beautiful.

Amy@OldSweetSong said...

Deeeee-lish I am so so so jealous.

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