...and no zuchinni, and YES tomatoes!
Sure yellow tomatoes, and peaches and plums and lettuce and....
Anyway, when it was time to make dinner, this was inspiring, but not dinner.
A quick peek in the fridge revealed a hodgepodge:
Pre-cooked quinoa I had vacu-bagged and frozen (and thawed),
left over onion,
and some left over hot-dog buns (bakery kind),
along with the arugula, cucumbers and tomatoes from the bag
- and throw in some garlic.
So far so good - except my son doesn't like the "smoosh"
of the seedy part of the tomato. This melon baller to the rescue.
(Before I had a kid... suck it up kiddo. Now that I'm doing the mom thing, if it'll get you to eat something I really like, I'll meet you half way.)
So instead of just throwing in the little yellow tomatoes whole, I sliced 'em in half, and scooped out the "smoosh." It helped that the boy helped.
(Trivia alert: At one point chef's were trying to pass off this stuff as "tomato caviar" And yet the French have a specific process for removing this as an undesirable part - along with the skin - concasse. Huh)
Back to dinner:
Saute the onion in a bit of the bacon drippings. Brown edges on the onions says I'm ready for...
About half of that arugula torn up and thrown in the pan, wilt it.
|Shrapnel from the smashed bag of frozen broth. |
The boy likes to bang them on the counter.
Turn down the heat and pour in the quinoa.
It was pretty dry, so I broke up a ziploc bag of frozen broth and tossed in a few pieces of broth-ice-shrapnel.
Cover with a lid, and let the liquid soak into the grains.
|Now all it needs is a fork!|
While that is warming away, chop chop up the cumber into wedges, sprinkle with a little salt and sherry vinegar.
Toss the tomatoes into the warm quinoa & friends, move it to another bowl, because I ended up having to fry the bread in a little more of the bacon drippings.
The salad needed a little vinegar too, along with some pepper. It needed a little salt, but we went with some parmesan instead because that was more fun.
A useable recipe follows in the next post...