The whole non-recipe recipe thing of the past couple of weeks has kind of had me thinking about non-instruction instructions and things that should seem obvious, but may require a little bit of "leading the horse to water".
For example, preparing ramen noodles. If you look on the side of a package of ramen, there are instructions on how to prepare them. Somewhere out there, there must be a soul who is making ramen for the very first time and needs a little help getting it right.
Toothpaste. If you ever check out your toothpaste box - directions. (Hint - ancillary equipment required to get full effect of toothpaste. Hopefully, you own one already.)
I am sure the list of non-instruction instructions is endless.
This week's non-recipe recipe saved itself from ludicrous simplicity by bringing forward the concept of a most excellent flavor combination.
Strawberries & goat cheese & balsamic vinegar.
Now, for those of you who need a recipe, it kind of goes like this.
Grill some bread. (I used a multi-grain loaf from the grocer's bakery).
Spread some creamy goat cheese on top. (I did this while the bread was slightly warm. The goat cheese was one that I found in our local co-op and was made by a local source).
Slice some berries and spread over top.
Drizzle with balsamic. (I used an espresso balsamic.)
If desired, sprinkle with cracked peppercorns. (I recommend pink peppercorns.)
Stuff your face with the delicious results. (You don't really need directions for that, do you???)
If only life were as intuitive as ramen, toothpaste and tartines...
Speaking of life, Culinary Kid finished school this week. Next week is state testing and then graduation in two weeks. That's. Pretty. Real. I am ready and not ready all at the same time.
I am not sure that I am ready to be a parent to two almost adult children. I am pretty sure they didn't ask for my permission to grow up so fast. On the plus side, it is pretty stinking cool to have two extra people in the house that are capable of doing house chores.
In other news, my CSA share started up this week. The goat cheese/ strawberry combination is going to have to be revisited when strawberries show up in the box. (We are a couple weeks out from berries up here.) This is our second year with this CSA and even though it is a little bit of a pain to get to, the experience far outweighs the aggravation. The couple that runs the farm and their daughter are great people and very passionate about what they do. And they grow some pretty darn good fruit and produce.
In anticipation of the onslaught of vegetables, I have been spending time each evening scouring through stacks of cookbooks. I have to find something besides pestos and salads to use up all those greens. If it was green and showed up in the box, I probably made a pesto out of it. I am still working off last summer's pesto bounty. Two cookbooks that I think are going to get a lot of use this summer? Roots by Diane Morgan and Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison. I've also been spending a bit of time with Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant and Vegetarian Everyday (David Frenkiel/ Luise Vindahl). People can tell where I sit in the living room because that's the spot with the stack of cookbooks next to it.
I hope everyone's summer is getting off to a good start.
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