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17 May 2012 @ 09:57 pm
food post  
Yesterday I remembered that I had two zucchini sitting in the back of my fridge's vegetable drawer, so I decided to try something I'd read about in a couple of cookbooks, pasta with sauteed garlic and grated zucchini. It was pretty good, especially with lots of parmesan, although I think I could have let the zucchini cook a bit longer (the pasta was done by that point; next time I'll time it better).

This afternoon it occurred to me that the leftovers could really benefit from having a poached egg on top along with the grated parmesan. So that's what I just ate for dinner. Yum.
viomisehuntviomisehunt on May 18th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Yum. I'll have to file that one.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 18th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
It was pretty good! The zucchini was very summery and fresh, and sauteed garlic is pretty much always a plus. :)
La Reine Noire: Tealareinenoire on May 18th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
Wow, well done! I just lost three carrots to "back of the vegetable drawer" syndrome so I applaud your ability to stay on top of your produce. That sounds delicious as well.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 18th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
It was pretty tasty - I'm pleased!

I'm horrible at using up all the carrots in a bag, though! I always lose two or three because I just forget about them or run out of things to do with them.
La Reine Noire: Tealareinenoire on May 18th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I kept meaning to use mine, but I kept lacking other ingredients to do interesting things with them. Also, I am a terrible cook.
tempestsarekind: captain jack harkness: MAKES THE TEA!tempestsarekind on May 18th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes: I keep wanting to be one of those people with a constantly stocked pantry, who can make tasty meals at the drop of a hat. But I'm always missing something or other: the parsley's gone all wilted, or I've run out of parmesan cheese...

One thing I really want to do is learn how to cook properly. I can feed myself, with the help of various things that come out of cans (I am not sure I could survive without tuna canned in olive oil), but I wouldn't want to subject anyone else to my cooking! Sometimes I fantasize about being the kind of person who has lovely, long, casual dinner parties...In the meantime I just watch cooking shows aspirationally. :)
La Reine Noire: Tealareinenoire on May 18th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
I've become a huge fan of brisling sardines packed in olive oil. They're delicious and flavorful and apparently not terrible for you (something about Omega 3s). Plus, they are absurdly easy--just drain and put on crackers and/or in salad.

When J and I were still living with our former housemate, we had one or two dinner parties and it was a lot of fun. The two of them would cook up a storm and leave me in charge of cocktails--it was an exellent system.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 18th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm still not sure I've ever had a sardine. Well, I'm sure I've had them in sauces and things, but not noticeably. I keep meaning to try them, though.
La Reine Noire: Tealareinenoire on May 18th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
The only sardines I've had are specifically Brisling Sardines packed in olive oil, which I learned about from an episode of Good Eats (I love that show so much). I'd suggest giving those a try. They definitely sell them at Whole Foods (alas) and sometimes at Trader Joe's, although it's weirdly difficult to find them at TJ's sometimes. We've just started ordering them in bulk from Amazon but obviously you don't want to do that until you've actually tried them. ;)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 18th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for them; thanks!
cschellscschells on May 18th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
I was just having a conversation with a friend today about food, and she mentioned that pasta with a poached egg on top is a family favorite... I'll have to pull that out of my hat one of these days! *g*
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 18th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
This was the first time I'd tried it, actually - but I'm definitely planning to do it again!