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Spring is Here!

Posted: March 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Dinner | No Comments »

I love springtime!

This morning I waited for my farm box to arrive. I haven’t been able to go to the farmers’ market for the past few weeks, so Ive been relying on the farm box for my source of fresh, seasonal vegetables to remind me that spring is really here! While I waited, I made myself a cup of freshly ground and brewed Ritual Roasters coffee, (with my new coffee grinder, huzzah!) and a small bowl of brown rice with some chia seeds and maple syrup. It’s a bit of an odd combination, but it was filling and tasted good.

The box finally arrived, and I unpacked the contents, giddy at the possibilities. The fresh asparagus and baby lettuce caught my eye, and I headed off to work looking forward to coming back in the evening and being able to cook!

At lunch I had a few cups of kasha (toasted buckwheat groats). Kasha (toasted buckwheat groats) is a common grain from eastern Europe that has a nice bite, and is slightly nutty in taste. My dad used to make kasha varnishkas – toasted buckwheat with bow-tie noodles, which was one of my favorites. I didn’t have any noodles, but I made a similar dish sautéing the buckwheat with some onions and potato (eastern european style). I also cut up an avocado I had hanging around. It made for a surprisingly good combination.

It’s always eventful at Omnivore – the door was wide open and the fresh breeze wafting through the shop – today I met (in no particular order) – an accomplished literary agent, a 9 month old named Zachary who was full of smiles, Phillip Wood – the founder of Ten Speed Press (a man with an amazing legacy), and I saw Gordo again! This is Gordo:

Sometimes my days go by so quickly I can’t believe that they are over.

I headed home, nearly skipping. Immediately as soon as I got home, I put some eggs in a pot with some water, brought it to a boil, and then turned off the heat. I knew that I wanted a fresh springy salad, and that some hard boiled eggs would be good on top. You never can go wrong with eggs, so even if I ended up deciding on something completely different, hard boiled eggs are perfect to have in the fridge.

I flipped through Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home, and then through Nigel Slater’s ‘Kitchen Diaries‘, and then Lucinda Scala Quinn’s ‘Mad Hungry, Feeding Men and Boys‘ for inspiration, before finally deciding on the contents of my salad. I wasn’t looking for a recipe, so much as inspiration, and I managed to find it.

I couldn’t wait to take out these:

And sauté them in a grill pan with a little bit of bacon. Can’t do it without the bacon! Well, you could I suppose but it wouldn’t be as blissful. I love this grill pan because it gives nice grill marks on the food, and is a useful stand-in for my tragic lack of barbecue grill. (Mine, my 21st birthday gift from my parents, is currently sitting in their garage, and gets a lot of use by them, but sadly, it’s not something easily transportable across the country.)

Reserving the pan juices for some lemon vinaigrette! Which I used to top the fresh baby romaine lettuce, grilled asparagus, and hard boiled eggs. You could call it a composed salad, I suppose. I just call it dinner, tasty, tasty dinner.

I piled it onto plates, and then topped with some leftover grilled meat that Devon brought home from work. Apparently, it was someones birthday and they had brought out the grill – although this seems to happen quite often over there. Which leads me to believe that I’m working in the wrong business. Or maybe I can convince Celia to purchase a little hibachi for me to barbecue things outside the store. Such as bacon. Actually, that would probably attract the customers…

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