Monday, February 9, 2009

compromised fasting

i really did intend to fast today in preparation for a highly anticipated pork dinner at nopa tonight. my intentions were completely comprised around lunch time today...when i decided to roast some riverdog farm beets for my lunch tomorrow. i thought this would be a good way to plan ahead as well as warm up my chilly apartment.



while i placed the beets in the oven, i realized that i didn't anticipate what do to with the beet tops....which is silly....because they are right there. i mean, how could i not anticipate them? then i realized that i should go ahead and braise the beet tops as well and maybe make some brown rice for lunch tomorrow as well. notice that at this point, i was still thinking of these dishes as "for tomorrow". so i put some rice and water in a pot

and then set in on the stove. while the rice was already underway, i sliced up the beet greens....

and then remembered that i have some dry italian salami that i could use to cook with the greens. i had never used salami when cooking greens before....but i thought "why not? salty fatty pork products usually work pretty well with greens." so i grabbed a handful of the salami and sliced that as well.

once everything was sliced, i put the salami with some red pepper chili flakes into a hot pot and stirred that around until the fat separated from the salami. it was a couple of minutes after i took this shot....


then i added the greens and three cloves of organic ca grown garlic....and then sauteed that for a bit...

and then added some water....

and let that simmer for about 25 minutes. the combination of the rice, the greens, and the beets in the oven made my place quite cozy and smell lovely. once the greens looked done, i took a small bite to see if they were done. this was my downfall...fasting went right out the window.

i plated some of the basmati brown rice.....


then added the beet greens....

yum yum. this was very good. nice complementary textures were going on here with the rice and the silky greens. the salami was surprising good with the greens as well....tasty and salty. not too shabby for a random throwing together of ingredients....and i even have leftovers for tomorrow!


sigh.

i love being back at home.

2 comments:

Victoria said...

Hee hee. Salami at lunch? C'├ętait un vrai jour du porc...

foodie hunter said...

absolutely. :)