So, Jess was supposed to come over for her second drum lesson with Paul tonight but showed up when I had started cooking and then we started talking and she got distracted from drumming.
I had been looking at some recipes all day and knew that I wanted to make baked cauliflower and we had some of the baguette left from the other night so I wanted to make some sort of bean spread. I also wanted to use some of the chives that were fresh in my yard. Since I do like pretty food I wanted some green to go with it so I wanted some sort of green mixture too.
sundried tomatoes and chard
The Hold Steady-Almost Killed me
Jesus and Mary Chain- Darklands
The Kills-Midnight Boom
Paul calls this a stoner meal because it is so easy, a stoner could make it. I steamed a head of cauliflower until it was about done, drained the water, poured 3/4 or so of a jar of pasta sauce on top, then I grated half a slab of Follow Your Heart Vegan mozzerella “cheese” and put that on top. I put the lid on it and tossed it in the oven for awhile until the cheese is all gooey.
I started with chopping the top off of a whole head of garlic, poured some olive oil on it, wrapped it in foil and put it in the over at about 400 degrees until it was rosted and gooey in each clove. (yum!) while that’s cooking sautee and onion until a bit brown, set 1/4 of it aside. Squeeze the gooey yummy garlic out and mash it into the onions, add the chickpeas and spices. I went with red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, paprika and cumin.
Tossed it all in Cuisie hte Cuisinart (yes, I named my cuisinart. so what!) put in a little bowl with chives on top.
T then threw the onions I had put aside into the skillet with a small handful of diced sun-dried tomatoes, 3 jalapenos stuffed olives (that’s all I had!) and cooked that in the wine we would be drinking and a tiny bit of red wine vinegar. Then add the chopped up chard until it is done
I enjoyed this wine… I generally enjoy Cabs though. It had a bit of spice and seemed fiesty… if that makes any sense. It went well with the food.
This was our after dinner treat! A Belgian Stout. It was good. It looked a bit light in color to be a stout but it sure did taste like a stout and had that signature belgian taste.
Overall I was really happy with how it all turned out. It was nice to have two different fantastic meals in one week!