New potatoes and asparagus have been on sale recently at Safeway. Together, they make a fine vegetarian meal, and it’s an early season staple and classic in farmhouse restaurants in central Europe. Just boil and serve with some melted butter.
FRISCO — Stepping back from landscapes for a short food interlude today …
Crispbread, Nutella, sliced ripe banana and some sesame seeds = perfect snack.
Safeway has also been carrying bags of small bell peppers recently, They’ve been incredibly fresh, sweet and juicy, a nice contrast from the sometimes-wrinkled super-sized green bell peppers. Then, the only question is what to do with three pounds of peppers. Since I have some paprika flowing in my veins, I instantly thought of Lecsó, a Hungarian pepper stew that’s a good eastern European comfort food. I’d never made it before, but this recipe was a good starting point for some Balkan improv.
So I ended up with bunch of the little fingerling potatoes and the mini-bell peppers, wondering what to do. I ended up making a curried veggie stew, using sun-dried tomatoes (softened in a veggie broth) as a base of for the curry sauce, finishing the stew with a touch of fresh-grated ginger. Sorry, no recipe. This was a classic kitchen improv dish.
Here’s a closeup look at the finger potatoes, including the super-cool purple ones. They’re a joy to look at and a while lot of fun to cook with. Look for them in the potato bin at Safeway.
This is going back a few months in the archives, but I had to include it in this food-related post. If you’re wondering, it’s a giant puffball, found growing not far from Frisco.
That puffball was the centerpiece of our menu for a few days, including this open-faced sandwich with sliced tomatoes and topped with a fried egg.
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