Monday, November 07, 2005

potatoes, peppers, and slacking

I wish I could tell you that I got brilliant-looking potatoes and red peppers from the Union Square farmer's market, and that I took fantastic food-porn photos of the raw ingredients and the final result, but it's not so. I got as far as the subway this morning, but my train wasn't running due to some sort of signal problem, so I gave up. Instead, I went to the cheap neighborhood grocery and got the aforementioned potatoes, which were probably shipped from California, and red peppers, which were about a week past their prime and starting to wilt a bit. And I didn't take pictures. (If I had, you can imagine they would have looked like some of these...)

What I did do was make a really fantastic saute of pan-roasted peppers and potatoes, based partially on ingredients from a pizza (!) recipe in Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. The technique is to cook the peppers in olive oil on high heat for a while, which gives them that great roasted flavor, then add the potatoes, lower the heat, and cover the pan, which lets the potatoes cook through. Then add other great stuff like thyme and capers and garlic at the end. For details, see the recipe. And imagine how much better it would have been if I'd gotten the ingredients at the market...

Oh, and I never did make it down to work today, so I worked at home. Really. Made quite a bit of progress, even...

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