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20 May 2010 @ 06:47 pm
unnecessary food post  
Food discoveries of the week:

--arugula makes panini instantly better
--Thin Mints continue to be awesome
--there's a cafe nearby that makes these yummy zucchini-orange-hazelnut mini loaves... I really needed not to have discovered this.

I've also discovered that I can make open-faced sandwiches with sauteed slices of eggplant, fresh mozzarella, and pesto, on a slice of bread that has been toasted on one side in olive oil. Tonight I am going to try a roasted portobello mushroom and a fried egg. Fingers crossed.
Neaneadods on May 20th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Oooo, I don't think it would be possible to go wrong with the egg and mushroom one. *stares speculatively at mushrooms*
tempestsarekind: captain jack harkness: MAKES THE TEA!tempestsarekind on May 21st, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I sometimes have bad luck with fried eggs; since I like them over-easy, I sometimes overcook them. But this one turned out perfectly, so that was very nice.
Neaneadods on May 21st, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
I poach eggs for things like this. I need to find the perfect egg-poaching device/container.
tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on May 21st, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
You know, I've never tried to poach an egg? When I was little, I wouldn't eat runny yolks (along with lots of other stuff), so my foray into cooking eggs has only fairly recently come to encompass fried eggs. I should look into poaching...
Neaneadods on May 21st, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
You can poach the yolks hard - I don't like them very runny myself.

You can drop an egg into hard simmering water for 4-5 minutes, but it grows tendrils like a Doctor Who monster. If you poach it in something, it stays a little more compact, but it takes longer for the yolk to harden.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 21st, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
it grows tendrils like a Doctor Who monster

Tee hee. According to various cooking shows, vinegar is supposed to help with that, but I think I should probably start out with some kind of poaching device first.
Neaneadods on May 21st, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
I've heard that too, but find the idea of vinegary eggs unexciting. I used to be pretty good about poaching in a microwave, but forgot the magic combination of water and time. (If you get it wrong - BOOM!)

I always just fed the tendrils to the kitten. She likes them.
tempestsarekind: bonny katetempestsarekind on May 21st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't really like vinegar except in salad dressing, so I don't think I'd want to try it, either. Your solution sounds practical. :)
La Reine Noire: Pie!lareinenoire on May 20th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
That sounds fantastic. Mmm, portobello mushrooms.
tempestsarekind: world in peril? have some teatempestsarekind on May 21st, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
It was very good! I think I may have another one tonight. :)
cschellscschells on May 21st, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
That all sounds super delicious! (Except for the mushroom/egg combo, since I abhor the texture of mushrooms and am allergic to eggs... but other than that!) Thin mints are a favorite around here. I love our stove-top panini press, which we can also use to grill veggies. Mmmm!
viomisehuntviomisehunt on May 21st, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
Try a three cheese, avocado sandwich. It was a favorite of mine a favorite sandwich restaurant that unfortunately closed. Choose your favorite bread - toasted or not. Spread, Cream cheese, then fresh avocado, your favorite dressing, cheddar, swiss, provalone cheese, lettuce or spinach (I like spinach), sliced cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers, fresh mushrooms, bean sprouts.

tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on May 21st, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Now that's a sandwich!
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on May 21st, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Well--maybe not that one, then. :)

One of my life goals is to get a panini press. Maybe one of the ones that doubles as a grill pan, with the separate lid that goes on top?