Sautéed Spinach with Shallots
1 bunch spinach – or 6 – 8 oz (200 gr) fresh spinach
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tbs good olive oil
1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp brown sugar
salt – sea salt is nice, and pepper
Wash and stem spinach if needed. Drain in a colander. If you don't feel you need to wash it – do it anyway. We want a little bit of water on them – what ever is left on the leaves after draining well – and shake them around a bit, too. Cut any really large leaves. Heat oil over medium high heat in large nonstick skillet. (When I first posted I skipped part of the recipe – blame it on jet lag.) Thickly slice the shallots and add to the oil. Sauté over medium heat until very brown, about 20 minutes. Add vinegar, thyme and sugar. Heat through. Add spinach and quickly stir-fry, 1 or 2 minutes. The spinach should just start to wilt. Remove, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
For the week of February 29, we're having Fresh Pea Soup, Shrimp and Scallop Newburg, Lemon chicken, Avocado and Chevre Omelet, Mousseline au Gratin., Soupe À L'Oignon, Chicken in Mustard Sauce with Cauliflower Pasta and Pork Chops Creole.
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BTW: I have been home 24 hours. In that time I unpacked; tried and failed to turn on my computer, replaced the power supply, and successfully turned it on; been to 3 French government offices sorting out a problem with our Carte de Sejour, which is now in hand; gone through over 300 emails (the ones I set aside to handle – the rest were deleted); had my favorite teapot break mysteriously (really); walked the dogs; sorted the snail mail; exercised; did the weekly shopping list; checked on our neighbor, who has been hospitalized almost the entire time I was gone (he's 94, his wife, 83. He comes home this weekend); and updated and sorted all the other crap that was waiting for me. I need a vacation.
I'm having a glass of wine…maybe 3.
Tomorrow I'm going to curl up with a huge pot of French coffee and read blogs. Do not, I repeat, do NOT disturb me…. Unless it's funny, witty, lame or important.
Oh, and my suitcase? 50 lbs on the nose! (It was probably 50.24999 – the scale is in .5lb increments. While I was standing there a fly landed on it and the scale went to 50.50. No one noticed)