Friday, February 20, 2009

two luncheons...

i had an absolutely lovely lunch yesterday. i cooked some fresh wild mushroom ravioli (from phoenix pastificio) in a brown butter, sage, and garlic sauce...over a bed of blanched arugula. i also had a side salad of roasted yellow beets. yum yum.

naturally, i thought ahead so i made enough so that i could have it again for lunch today!! i am very much looking forward to lunch today as a result.

yet, as i know that many of you dear hearts like to see the "meal in progress".... here are some pics and details regarding the making of yesterday's (and today's upcoming) lunch....

i started out by putting two pots of water to boil. one for the arugula and the other for the pasta. while those pots were heating up, i focused on making the beet salad. i wanted to use these dancy tangerines for the vinaigrette....i had never tried them before and bought a few at my local market. notice their bumpy skins? they are pretty sweet with a hit of tartness.


aren't they pretty?


i also used some rice wine vinegar since the dancy tangerines were so sweet and a hint of cayenne for my vinaigrette.

i was lazy and didn't mix it in a bowl first and then pour it on top. i just added the ingredients straight on to the sliced and chilled roasted beets. then for a bit of color, i topped it with some freshly chopped parsley.


then, when the water was ready....i turned my attention to the pasta....


and the sauce (garlic, butter, olive oil, and sage).....




once the pasta had been simmering for a couple of minutes...


i gently placed the pillows into the butter, sage, and garlic sauce....

and dumped a bunch of argula into the remaining pot of hot water...


it all smelled so good. my mouth was watering. the plating went by very quickly. i first plated the arugula to create the bed for the pasta....



then placed the ravioli on top of the arugula ....


and ...of course...added some shaved parm....


ooooohhhh doesn't that look good? then, i added the beet salad.

lovely for the eyes and the taste buds! yum yum.

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