Last week I was sick and couldn't stomach much of anything, and was struck by the emptiness this created in my life. Food, it turns out, plays a exceptionally important role in my happiness. I, simply, love food. There is nothing more satisfying than creating, eating, and sharing delicious food. What others' look forward to every day, I have no idea.
This weekend I had plenty of time on my hands and a raging appetite back for revenge. Combined with my above stated adoration for food this meant that I spent most of my weekend in a blissful eating/cooking binge.
Figure 1. Friday night's dinner: pecan-crusted trout, asparagus with balsamic tomatoes, and 1/2 bakery-purchased olive ciabatta roll.
Figure 2. Before the oven: remarkable hint o' mint chocolate chip cookies. Yes, remarkable.
Figure 3. Saturday afternoon baking: St. Patty's Day hint o' mint chocolate chip cookies.
Figure 4. Inside a chickpea potpie with cornbread crust. Filled with carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, peas, and chickpeas, and soon to be topped with a from-scratch cornbread topping - this pie was a perfectly delicious St. Patrick's Day shepherds pie stand-in.
My solo St. Patty's night took a pleasant turn when two friends joined me for dinner and brought along a St. Patty's day side dish, bubble and squeak (mashed potatoes and cabbage).
Figure 5. Saturday night's dinner: chickpea potpie with cornbread crust, broccoli with cheddar-beer sauce, and bubble and squeak with bacon and garlic.
Figure 6. In preparation: homemade goat cheese ravioli. These ravioli were made from scratch and filled with creamy goat cheese and sauteed shallots and garlic.
Figure 7. Sunday night's dinner: homemade goat cheese ravioli and roasted zucchini and squash with parsley. This was my first go at making pasta from scratch. Next time, I know to make the dough even thinner, but these were relatively easy and delicious!