Saturday, May 29, 2010

The secret ingredient is...

This week I washed gallons of lettuce, and distributed as much as I could to my sister and co-workers. And yet, my refrigerator is still full. We've had as many meal salads as we can eat, and last night branched out and made P.F. Chang's inspired chicken and lettuce wraps with a couple of small heads of bibb lettuce.

When I took my co-workers the lettuce (and last year when I took gallons of jalapeƱo peppers and tomatoes), a couple of people asked me how big our garden was. "Relatively small" was my response. And it is. And then, as often happens, someone is bound to say, "I wish I had the time to have a garden, but it's just too much work." I think that's crazy. Because frankly it's not that much work. At least not that much more work than any other kind of yard work.

But figuring out what to do with the spoils of the garden can be quite a bit of work. It feels a little bit like Iron Chef. "The secret ingredient is...." We've done a good job using everything we've pulled out of the garden. So far. But today I spent a few minutes in the garden and picked what was ready. So the secret ingredient is...

Peas. Sugar snap/ snow peas.

052910 Pea Harvest 01

Spinach.

052910 Spinach Harvest

Cilantro.

052910 Cilantro

A side note about cilantro, which I can still smell on my hands. Apparently, people are hot or cold about cilantro. Either you love it or you hate it. Rykert and I love it. I had a roommate in college who would eat bowls of it with just a bit of salad dressing. And while I don't do that, I do like it in the right dish. A few weeks ago, the New York Times had this interesting article. Apparently there are good reasons why some people like it and some people don't.

I can't think of anything appetizing that would use all 3 at the same time, so I've got some planning to do to figure out what to cook in the next few days. Probably a stir fry. Maybe a cilantro pesto. Spinach salad? Spinach on pizza?

Speaking of Iron Chef and peas... Rykert and I cannot talk about peas without thinking of this clip from Iron Chef America with Julie Powell (the Julie of Julie & Julia).




We are so juvenile. It never stops being funny.

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

~RaenWa~ said...

Maybe some kind of past dish or maybe a spinach/cilantro stuffing for some meat.

I got some seeds this year but didn't get around to planing them yet.

Emily said...

I don't love cilantro. We were just talking about the Pico from Panchero's and how it has a strong cilantro taste and that's why he likes it and I don't. Just sayin.

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