Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Comfort Food Meme

I just wanted to thank everyone again for all your kind and thoughtful comments on my last post. When I made the soup recently, I just knew I wanted to share it and its origin with you. I'd love to know if you decide to try it. School began today after four days off (!!) and being on a round of playdates I've had little time for reading the two very good books on my nightstand.

In lieu of a book report, I'd though I'd do this fun meme I found at Cat Musings. Join me if you wish!

What did you eat/drink today?

It's early, so I'll answer with what I ate yesterday. For breakfast: tea and plain yogurt with homemade granola with dried cranberries. For lunch: orzo sauteed with arugula (rocket for those of you in the UK), some ham, pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese -all leftovers hanging around the refrigerator. For dinner: pasta and bean soup, pumpkin bread and an orange.

What do you never eat/drink?

Peanut butter. Lima Beans. Oatmeal or other hot cereals.

Favourite fail safe thing to cook (if you cook) or defrost if you don't
My go-to dinners for busy nights are: pasta with the sauce I made in the summer, sausages, ham, tacos. I'd like to add more vegetarian meals to my repertoire but I live with two meat lovers and it is difficult.

Complete this sentence: In my refrigerator, you can always find:

Milk, cheese of several varieties, yogurt of several varieties, whole wheat bread, fruit of some sort.

What is your favourite kitchen item?

Good question! Besides the usual - my knife - I reach most often for my microplane grater and my fancy garlic press.

Where would you recommend eating out - either on home turf or elsewhere?

In my hometown - Punch Pizza. They have a woodburning oven and Meryl Streep was reported to have said it was the best pizza she ever ate. My daughter has been known to say "I don't like frozen pizza. I only eat Punch Pizza."

Elsewhere - The most memorable meal I can think of was on our honeymoon in Paris at Le Petit Troquet in the 7th.

World ends tomorrow. What would you like for your last meal?

A margarita made by a friend of mine. Steak Frites with some sort of wine/butter sauce. Or maybe replace the frites with a potato gratin, I can't decide. Roasted asparagus. Some sort of warm chocolate cake with an oozy center. Whipped cream on the side.


Jodie Robson said...

I forgot the microplane grater - aren't they a wonderful invention! Love roasted asparagus and that chocolate cake sounds like a great idea.

Eva said...

I have a KitchenAid garlic press, and I think I use it almost every day! :)

That's so fancy that you make your own granola. If you ever want to share the recipe, that'd be awesome! Store granola is so expensive!

Oh, and I sympathise w/ the meat-lovers thing. I'm a vegetarian, but whenever I make family dinners, my dad whines his head off. And my niece, Kyley, loves meat as well!

Carrie K said...

My, you eat well!

I'm with you on the lima beans but never peanut butter? The horror!

Iliana said...

I think our fridge contents are very similar but I admit I love peanut butter - just had a PB&J sandwich for dinner even :)

Tara said...

GeraniumCat, the microplanes are amazing, I don't know how I ever got by with my box grater.

Eva, the next time I make my granola I'll take some pictures and post the recipe. It's a bit tricky since I'm not into measuring. It's definitely a lot cheaper that buying it!

Carrie, I do? I guess I just like good food! I've never eaten a PB & J sandwich - my husband apparantly survived on PB as a kid and my daughter loves it.

Iliana, my husband says he could eat PB&J every day! Eek! I think it's a texture thing since I love peanuts and peanut sauce.

Cornflower said...

It all sounds yummy!!

Nan said...

Is a microplane grater a mandolein?? I enjoyed reading your answers. What are steak frites? Just bigger french fries, or more like home fries?

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