Prompt Recap: April 5, 2015

Missed a day or want a full set of ideas in one place? Here are six prompts to help you make it through the week, whether you have plenty of time to cook or need a miracle nightly. Click the one word prompt to go to the full set of ideas and recipe links.

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Asparagusasparagus 2015

  • Love to Cook: Asparagus-Gruyere tart (or galette) with an asparagus-mint salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Roasted asparagus with grilled lemon chicken (or fish) and fresh herb salad OR pasta with asparagus
  • Need a Miracle: Grilled cheese with asparagus pesto (it’s easier than you think) and a green salad

Dandeliondandelion greens

  • Love to Cook: Pan-fried or grilled fish with dandelion salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Pasta with sausage and dandelion greens
  • Need a Miracle: Dandelion salad with Parmesan & poached eggs

 


Fennelfennel

  • Love to Cook: Pork roast (or fish) with roasted (or grilled) fennel
  • Weeknight Reality: Roasted sausage (or potatoes) with fennel
  • Need a Miracle: Fennel slaw, topped with shredded chicken or boiled eggs

 


Eggsthe incredible edible egg

  • Love to Cook: Eggs Florentine with a spring green salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Shakshuka with warm pita bread
  • Need a Miracle: Scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and goat cheese, served with cinnamon toast

 


Halibuthalibut

  • Love to Cook: French-style fish stew (bouillabaisse, Bourride) with an arugula salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Halibut fish & chips
  • Need a Miracle: Pan-fried halibut with raw or lightly steamed spring vegetables

 


Mushrooms

  • Love to Cook: Homemade mushroom ravioli with goat cheese sauce; spring herb salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Chicken and mushrooms over angel hair pasta; spring salad
  • Need a Miracle: Marinated mushrooms (from the grocery bar) roughly chopped, tossed with goat cheese and herbs and served on brioche toast OR grilled cheese with a spinach/raw mushroom salad

Parting Thought

If you must hate, if hatred is the leaven of your life, which alone can give flavor, then hate what should be hated: falsehood, violence, selfishness.

Ludwig Börne (1786–1837), The Eternal Jew

 

Mushroom

Little flavor sponges, mushrooms are, soaking up whatever gets cooked with them. Served raw they add texture to a spring green salad. Just remember to wipe (or brush) them clean or rinse very quickly instead of soaking in water, which will make them slimy and decidedly yucky.

mushrooms


Food Ideas

  • Love to Cook: Homemade mushroom ravioli with goat cheese sauce; spring herb salad
  • Weeknight Reality: Chicken and mushrooms over angel hair pasta; spring salad
  • Need a Miracle: Marinated mushrooms (from the grocery bar) roughly chopped, tossed with goat cheese and herbs and served on brioche toast OR grilled cheese with a spinach/raw mushroom salad.

Recipe Links

Parting Thought

“You’re not a man, you’re a mushroom!”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (via goodreads)