My mother-in-law, an artist, put this plate together. I'm so glad Nora likes asparagus. I was quite a deal older than her (by, like, 20 years) before I tried asparagus, and it's a big favorite of mine. Glad she's getting an early start.
This is one of those super-easy recipes. Well, easy if you can figure out how to make a super-thin crepe without holes in it. But hey, I got a few perfect ones. And as long as you ahem are not needing to take pictures, it'll still taste good, right?
Combine ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth. Scrape edges if necessary.
Walnut Sauce Recipe from New York Times (See Above)
Grill 1 1/2 pounds asparagus or steam over boiling water.
Grease a 6- or 7-inch nonstick pan on medium or medium-high until hot. (You want it to sizzle bread crumbs.) Pour just shy of 1/4 cup batter into pan. Gently tilt pan in all directions until the batter is thin and covers the entire area of the pan. Cook until batter is set and crepe is golden brown. Flip and brown the other side just a few seconds. Remove crepe to plate. Place 4 or 6 asparagus stems in the crepe, roll, and dress with walnut sauce and grated Pecorino cheese.
I was the only one who liked this dish. But I wasn't down because I really liked it. I made it at my parents' house while while we were babysitting my grandmother for a weekend. My grandmother needs soft foods. And Paul isn't a big fan of quiche. I'm not really sure why Nora turned her nose up at it. But I loved it. Really enjoyed it as a matter of fact. Wanted to eat it all myself. Would make it again. Except, I'd have to eat it all by myself. Wait, what's wrong with that?
Recipe for Paprika Pie Crust
2 C all purpose flour
1 t salt
1 t paprika
½ C oil
¼ C cold water
Mix paprika, flour and salt. Blend oil and cold water with fork. Make lots of bubbles. Add liquid mixture to flour and stir. Roll dough between 2 pieces of waxed paper. Place dough in pie plate. Flute if you have the talent. Poke 5 sets of holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork.
Pre-bake the crust just about 7 minutes.
Recipe for Cauliflower-Asparagus Filling
6 asparagus stems, chopped 1/2 inch long
1 cup small cauliflower florets
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely shredded (optional)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Layer vegetables in crust. Beat eggs, add seasonings, salt, pepper, and milk. Mix together and pour over vegetables. Top with cheese. Bake at 400 degrees until top is golden brown, about 35-40 minutes.
My husband saw a sign out and stopped for fresh, local, organic produce on Friday. He brought home some beautiful okra, two large Florida avocados, and summer squash. I finally drove passed Downtown Orlando to a favored vegetable market and purchased some exciting vegetables. Full story tomorrow.
I have no excuse. The cauliflower was on super-duper sale. The asparagus? I just wanted it. That's the beauty of living on a budget. When I crave a food, we can buy it.
Also, my parents' anniversary is on Wednesday night. Because of my dad's work schedule, they won't have time to do anything special. So, I'll be fixing a lovely dinner for them on Wednesday night. Then Friday night, we'll be taking care of my grandmother; so dinner will be geared toward soft foods.
Yep. It's for real. I still like roasted red peppers. Only took me 28 years to learn this. This time I tried it chilled. Nope. Warm to room-temp is best. But still like it. Paul called it perfect. Wow! Don't think he describes much I make as perfect. Can I serve it every day?
I write this post with my humblest and sincerest apologies to cookbook author, Mary Sheehan. Paul won a copy of her cookbook quite some time ago, and there was always something keeping me from investigating it and cooking some of her recipes. Well, I dug out the book when I was rearranging the kitchen. (I've read you should create a door in your kitchen with unbreakables so a child can play without restriction. I'm getting ready!) And I came across a recipe to use quinoa.
Gourmet Magazine's April 2009 edition had a tempting recipe for asparagus and tortellini in a cream sauce and topped with a generous serving of Parmesan Reggiano. I thought having some of my mom's cream that needed to be used up gave me a perfect excuse to buy the ingredients for the dish. (Tortellini is rarely in our house just because we like dried pasta best.)
Last week's menu plan went really well. The only thing I never got around to was the Dutch Boy. Sadly, I still won't get around to it this week because we're out of eggs and there will be no grocery shopping until we return from a long Easter weekend with Paul's family.
Publix was having a great sale on Birds Eye vegetables the week after we returned home from Paris. The products were 50% off, which is the equivalent of buy one, get one free. I often take advantage of these sales to try and review a new product.
This meal was absolutely fun to make. I assure you, a solid vegetable meal like this can be cheap and fabulous. The asparagus and sweet potatoes came from Aldi, a rather unusual but wise grocery store, which is known for very reasonable prices on off-brand foods. A good number have recently opened up in Orlando. My experiences there in America and out of the country have been pleasant.
This was the first time we took Paul's parents, sister and brother-in-law to Ethos. I decided to try the pesto pasta with vegetables and pumpkin seeds. Paul chose the Pecan Encrusted Eggplant served with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and asparagus. The eggplant was drizzled with a berry sauce. Both meals were served hot and appealing to the eyes.
I was feeling guilty about not having cooked a good, solid meal in a week as we had eaten out a lot with friends and had been on vacation. So when I came across a new variety of frozen vegetables in the grocery store, I took a chance.