Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday Night Feast

Friday Feast

On Friday after work I stopped by the grocery store to see what looked good for dinner. Sometimes I think I would like to see a video of myself in the produce section. It would probably be very entertaining. I spent so much time on Friday afternoon circling displays, talking to myself, contemplating recipes, and comparing various vegetables, I'm sure the Loblaws employees thought I was nuts. On second thought maybe I don't want to see a movie of myself shopping. Eventually, the inspiration came to do a kind of tapas dinner. Lots of different plates of vegetables, cooked simply.

I don't often think about cheese, given that I eat and cook vegan most of the time. But I had just seen Jamie Oliver do lovely things with haloumi, basil, and strawberries on his "Jamie At Home" program, and I was set on giving that a try myself. It looked super easy. He pressed basil leaves onto slices of haloumi and then seared them in a hot pan. Then he covered the slices with strawberries and sprinkled the whole mess with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Haloumi salad

As you can see from my own salad, I went with blackberries instead of strawberries. The strawberries at the grocery store were horrid looking, but the blackberries looked fresh and juicy. Other than that, I did exactly what I just described. Press, sear, cover in berries, pour on olive oil and balsamic vinegar. No need to fuss with a longer recipe. This was simple and delicious.

The other dishes came together in a shockingly short amount of time. There is something to be said for very simple food with classic ingredients. I used the same combination of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic on all the vegetables and everything ended up complimenting everything else.

veggie skewers on quinoa



allularpunk said...

this looks a lot like my own dinner last night! well, minus the cheese and plus some tofu :)

Ricki said...

What a vibrant, colorful, gorgeous-looking meal!

eileen said...

oh man, I was already wanting tapas, and this has just sealed the deal! I'm totally jealous!

Monique said...

why can't you come to Vancouver and be my neighbor? Everything looks so yummy!

pixiepine said...

That all looks delicious!!

A said...

Ohhhhhh!! Those kabobs look incredible!!!

Pomegranate said...

Damn, those are good-looking kababs!