Well, hello! I’m trying out a new blogging group this month, The Cottage Cooking Club, which is working its way through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg Everyday.
I volunteered to make 2 recipes–the new potato salad ‘tartare’ and the pistachio dukka–and possibly a 3rd, the leeks with coconut milk. I only made 2 recipes–the new potato salad ‘tartare’ and macaroni peas–one of which I didn’t volunteer for. I’m hoping to make the dukka over the weekend, but that wouldn’t be in time for this blog post! Will I get in trouble, Andrea? 🙂
June has been an interesting month thus far. (Interesting is such an annoying word. Its meanings are many and, because of that, it’s incredibly imprecise.) Usually June is one of my favorite months. School ends, so there’s always a sense of accomplishment. It’s my birthday month, so I get calls and wishes from friends and family that brighten my day. There’s a parade and carnival in my little town that my daughter loves, so that’s always something to look forward to. This year’s June has started out nice enough: I won a minor “favorite professor” type award that meant a lot to me, school ended, birthday happened, and I was nicely settling into a research routine. But, my daughter’s daycare provider for the last 2 years–a woman who is pretty much her “local grandma”–had a massive stroke nearly one week ago. She is in an induced coma and will be for at least the next 10 – 14 days. I feel like I’m mourning for her because I fear she will never be the same…and now I also need to go through the find-a-new-preschool rigmarole, with people warning me that I should’ve been on a waiting list a year ago (and with my welling up with tears when they ask about my kiddo’s previous experience with group care).
Anyway, I will bring this around to cooking. I guess I’m just at that age where a lot of friends and family are starting to have major health problems; I’m also at that age where I’ve started to very much consider the lessons I was put on this earth to learn. One lesson I will struggle with my entire life is to roll with the punches when things don’t go according to my plan or my many contingency plans I have in the back of my mind. I am dreadful at that rolling with the punches in my life. But, in the kitchen? Not so much.
Zoodle Peas (formerly known as Macaroni Peas)
Hey, what’s with the name change? Well, we don’t really eat pasta–my child won’t eat it since she hasn’t had much exposure…people think it’s strange–and I’m going through a grain-free thing right now as it helps (psychosomatically or not) my anxiety. Thus, I rolled with not doing the pasta or grain thing and used a bunch of zucchini and summer squash from my CSA at the same time.
First, I used my kitchen gadget called a Spiralizer. This is the one I have. I spiralized my zucchini, put it in a colander, sprinkled salt over, and let it sit over the sink for 30 minutes. Rinsed and rolled in a towel and then it’s ready to use, raw or you can sauté it a bit!
Then, I made the pea sauce following the recipe and mixed it all together. We had Spicy Cajun Meatloaf for our protein so the zoodle peas were a really nice sweet contrast with the meatloaf.
New Potato Salad ‘Tartare’
This is my style of potato salad. I’ve never been a fan of the mayonnaise-based one, and always preferred what is often called a “German Potato Salad” in these parts to indicate the vinegar dressing and sometimes to serve it warm. (Isn’t that funny, Andrea?)
Capers? Gherkins? Chives and dill? Woo hoo! This recipe is speaking my language! Hard-boiled eggs? Nope. So, I rolled with it again, though without quite as much success as the zoodle peas. I simply omitted the eggs.
It still tasted quite good, but I think the eggs added a creaminess that stands in nice contrast to the vinegar and the pickled things and the fresh herbs. I’ll have to think more on what I could use since hard-boiled eggs are one of the few things I simply don’t like, though I’ve tried off and on for many years to like them.
I also made 2 other recipes from the book since I had an abundance of the veggies in my fridge, but they’ve not yet made it to the list of recipes the group has completed so I’ll save them. I had a great time cooking these recipes and look forward to continuing with the group . . . if I’m allowed after not making the pistachio dukka. Tee hee!
Wish me luck in my quest to better roll with life not working out the way I’d planned. I’m gonna need it.
Since I’m feeling overly dramatic, I will add that I do know intellectually everything will turn out okay. It may take a while for me to see it and understand it, but it will.