This past week when I was gone I had the privilege of eating good food without any thought put into it. Dinners out, dinner in, breakfast and lunch, it was all provided. One of the perks of being a guest in a very kind home.
And it was great! Everywhere we went, whether in the house or out and about, the food was GOOD. This was how I always imagined my life would be -- great food and little effort. I used to have it all planned out... you know, marry someone who loves to cook and then I would be in charge of the dishes. Sounded great to me.
But I can tell you that times have changed. Yes, I loved having all this food just appear -- it is like magic. No thought, no planning, just sit and eat. How easy!
It only took a couple of days, however, before I missed my little kitchen. Not neccessarily the food in it because I was truly enjoying all the food there, but I missed the time spent in my little kitchen.
I missed chopping vegetables.
Crazy, I know.
So this week, back in my own home, I am setting out to try new dishes. The days are long and summer is here, perfect for preparing light and simple fare. The first thing I tried out was to go with the beans, rice, and chicken I had left over in the fridge: snow pea salad.
SNOW PEA SALADRecipe adapted from EVERYDAY FOOD, June 2012
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound snow peas
salt to taste
- Mix mustard, vinegar, and olive oil together.
- Shred snow peas. I used the food processor with the blades out and the shredder side up on the slicer.
- Mix and put salt. Serve cold.