Monday, January 30, 2012

weekend review: noteworthy


Figure 1. In preparation: kale salad with walnut and feta.


Comment: I don't usually comment to much on my weekend review posts, but this meal was so quick to pull together and so delicious it is worthy of note. This tomato-olive relish turned ordinary pan-seared chicken into a Mediterranean-inspired treat, Jenna's (the creator of my beloved caramelized Brussels sprouts) kale salad was crisp and fresh and impressed my boyfriend who hates raw veggies, and the texture of this pearled couscous was a pleasant divergence from the non-pearled variety. 

Figure 3. In preparation: baked polenta pie filled with creamy Parmesan polenta, roasted eggplant, zucchini, squash, and red peppers, a homemade tomato sauce, and topped with mozzarella. A cheesy wonderland.

Figure 4. Sunday night's dinner: baked polenta pie, a spinach salad with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and toasted pine nuts, and nut and seed bread.

Comment: Polenta is amazing. And this baked polenta pie is even more amazing. It is similar to lasagna except the noodles are replaced with an amazingly creamy and smooth polenta base. This, accompanied by glorious roasted vegetables and decadent cheese make this dish AMAZING. You must make this dish, and make it soon my friends. You will not be disappointed.

13 comments:

  1. oh my goodness, kale AND feta?! Heaven! And that polenta pie looks amazing too!

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  2. that baked polenta pie looks incredible!

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  3. Oh man. Polenta in lasagna form--amazing! And I love pearled barley, so fun to chew!

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  4. All of this looks way too fabulous! The polenta pie - mmm - and that tomato and olive relish - oh wow.

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  5. i have only cooked with polenta once, and it was a major fail. you might have convinced me to try again though!

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    1. you should try again for sure. it is really fantastic if you get it right. just requires a bit of patience...

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  6. okay that looks awesome, I am going to have to make it!

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    1. do it! and then tell me how it was.

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  7. AHHH! I need to make that polenta pie asap! It looks GF too yay ~:)

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  8. What can I say, you make a girl wanna make polenta ...

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  9. YAY! I'm glad you enjoyed the kale salad. It looks delicious! And so does that tomato and olive relish. Mmm... (:

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  10. oooh loving the way that Kale salad looks! YUM!


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