Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Whoa Tuesday

Nothing solid, just 2.5 cups of coffee

royal gala apple

2 Wolaver's IPA
Farfalle with zucchini, creme fraiche, and parmesean. I recommend this dish to all FoodFriends. Here is an outline of the recipe:

~sweat 3 minced cloves of garlic in olive oil over low-to-medium heat, until you can smell it cooking
~add 3 pretty finely sliced zucchini. It's a lot of work to finely slice 3 zucchinis, but it pays off in spades
~stir about, reduce heat a bit, cover
~come back and stir every few minutes so nothing burns
cook until the zucchini is basically very mushy, and the "rinds" have lost their integrity
~add 1/2 cup creme fraiche and 1/2-3/4 cup of grated parmesean cheese; stir until well commingled
~dump the whole over freshly cooked pasta, mix


Blogger MMW said...

Slicing zucchini is a lot easier if you have a mandoline. But I feel like a mandoline is one of those inessential kitchen items that people get when they are adults with too much disposable income. Thoughts?

7:50 AM  
Blogger she-hubbs said...

I briefly added a mandoline to my bridal registry, then took it off, then put it back on again, and ultimately took it off. I bet it is an awesome tool, but I need as much knife skills practice as I can get. I feel that a mandoline is for cooks who have mastered their k-skills and throw a lot of elaborate dinner parties and have need for time-saving strategies. Then again, I've never seen Ina use one, so maybe it's completely inessential outside the restaurant.

11:40 AM  
Blogger MMW said...

Yeah, I too could use some work mastering my k-skills as well. I've come close a few times in the past year or so to a really horrific cut while chopping onions or something, and have somehow been saved by my own little household gods when the knife just scrapes some skin off, without even any blood.

I agree, though, the mandoline is probably put to best use by a really serious cook. Oddly, James's old roommate Arthur had one, and I think all he knew how to cook was waffles, with his waffle iron. That guy loved unnecessary appliances.

11:56 AM  
Blogger mattpod said...

A mandoline definitely seems unnecessary for most cooking in the house, but it still seems like kind of a fun tool. I guess if I had to choose between not having one and having one, I would have one.

Given my current situation though, before buying a mandoline, I would buy: knives capable of cutting all the way through an onion; a non-stick skillet that won't immediately give me cancer; 50 other necessary kitchen implements; a broiler operational and not full of trash from the former occupants of my apartment; floors that are flat so that it is possible to put a pan on the stove without all of the oil going to one side; the same item so that I could have a leval table; a bunch more cheesy vegetable tiles behind the sink; a place to put the microwave John got; a thing that turns empty beer cans and 40s into a mandoline; some baking soda; and a new coffee table. Oh, also some new glass for one of my picture frames that cracked; some band-aids; a dutch-oven.

12:18 PM  
Blogger mattpod said...

I just thought of a bunch of other things that I want. I will let you know when I set up What I Want.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

I would also like a rangetop situated approximately normal to the pull of gravity so that I don't have to do my frying in a half moon pattern on one side of my frying pan or skillet. Another thing that would be useful for my rangetop: a hood vent. This would both help me keep from horrible coughing fits when I try fancy maneuvers like deglazing the skillet, making sauce, or putting food items into the skillet at all. It would also help reduce the noxious smell caused by the fact that I constantly burn my frying oil since our gas range has very poor fine controls.

I guess I wouldn't mind a cutting board made of wood rather than plastic that has gotten so cut up that it's pretty clear that we are eating plastic.

I would also like more than four "big boy" sized dinner plates and I'd like a blender.

On the bright side, things I do have:

-garlic press

1:57 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

In somewhat mandoline related news, remember when Kramer got the deli slicer? And then he had to bring it to Elaine so she could feed that cat? But then Elaine puts the shoe in?

2:00 PM  

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