Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday Night 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.
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.