It's raining today, here in the Vendée, much like it has been most of the summer. Thus, I have been making some reluctant progress on my list of jobs that I'd rather not do. I definitely want them done… I just don't want to be the one doing the doing, so to speak…
On today's list was organize my photos. Not the old ones in the 25 or so albums on the bookshelf, but the virtual ones, in my computer. Going through actual photo albums with real photos that can be touched and handled, would have been a pleasure. Remembering a time when one took one photo of someone or something that was important, had meaning; before the digital age when one can take 50 shots of a slice of bread, and white bread at that!
Getting on with the task at hand I discovered that I had well over 9,000,000 photos in my virtual album, 8,999,000 of which were of food, 900 were of my vegetable and herb gardens (food to be), 99 were of the girl dogs and one was of mon mari….holding food.
And who said I don't have my priorities straight!
I ran across lots of photos of foods that were not post-worthy: not heart healthy, not full of yummy herbs, not spectacular or outrageous, not innovative combinations of new ingredients, no pasta, quinoa, or poi; just simple, everyday foods with a minimum of ingredients and fuss.
First up, with 3 ingredients, we have:
Tired of steamed, sautéed, or braised? Try plain old frying.
Slice carrots, fry in butter and olive oil 10 – 15 minutes per side until caramelized and lovely.
Second on the list, coming in with 4 ingredients, no cooking involved, my lunch but could be your dessert:
Berries and Peaches in Yogurt
I walk to my potager to pick the strawberries. There's just enough each day for my lunch (too bad, mon mari, but you never help hoe!). On my way back I pick the bramble berries lining the path, doing my best not to fall into the bramble patch. I grab a peach, put whats left of the berries into a bowl (it's a long walk) add vanilla yogurt and smile!
Next we have two variations on:
Gratin Potatoes From The Barbecue Grill
The first , Barbecue Gratin Potatoes, with a whopping total of 5 ingredients, is made with potatoes, cheddar or colby, red onions, a dash of Worcestershire and a bit of chicken stock.
It's put into an actual, aluminum barbecue grill pan – clever, those folks, making it so easy!
I make individual foil packets, which is easier to handle on the grill and makes serving /clean-up a snap!
Sausages with Peppers and Onions
Slice peppers and onions, toss with some olive oil.
I often cut up a potato or two and cook with the peppers and onions.
Actually, I only wield the knife in this meal, mon mari does all the cooking (that's the best part).
Two ingredients, now that's more like it (salt optional). Slice potatoes, dip in olive oil, bake, turn, bake some more, sprinkle with salt, serve.
Whew, that was one long, complicated recipe! I almost had to go to a second sentence!
To wrap things up I have a simple dessert I
found on Ceres and Bacchus, Plum Clafoutis.
This is so easy and so good it really should be illegal, immoral or both (maybe it is?!?)
Yes, yes, it takes a whopping total of 7 ingredients but it is dessert… and makes 6 – 8 servings…
Cut the plums, whip up the batter by hand, pour over and bake. Even a non-baker can do it – as is proven by this photo "I did that!"
There you have it: the fruits of this day's labor!
Next rainy day: cleaning closets – anyone want to come help? Free room and board…. I'll cook while you clean…. Free wine…. You whine, I'll wine…