Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Savoir Faire Eez Everywhere

Some days, I think ahead to what we should have for dinner. Sometimes I make a list and go shopping, or ask Christine to pick something up on her way to or from something. Sometimes we actually have food on hand that demands to be made into delicious dinners, and no thought is required.

Some days none of the above is true.

On just such a day, I came in from the studio, grouchy because I did not want to stop working, and realized that I had nothing in mind, and not so much on hand. This did not help my mood much, but after some rummaging, a bag of onions and a stick of butter gave me the basis for what turned out to be a pretty great spring meal.

I Frenched four onions and tossed them in the iron pan to caramelize while I made the crust and put it in the fridge to rest. Time was a little short, so they did not quite get to the deep, dark, slithering sweet stage, but I threw in some chopped ramp and a little garlic as well to add some extra seasonal allium depth. As meager as it is right now, it's still nice to go outside and pick things to eat. Once the onions were ready, I grated some cheddar on the crust, added the onion mixture, and sprinkled pine nuts and wild garlic chives over the top.

With a mesclun salad- not yet our own, but soon- and some leftover pinto beans from the other night dressed up with minced onion, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice into a salad of sorts, this ended up being just what we needed to welcome the sun back after the storm.

The beans were left froma super-clean dinner we had a couple of nights ago: local organic pintos (as good as RG, but from NY) pressure-cooked and prettied up with spices, tomato paste, and vinegar, plus shredded steamed kale in tahini-miso sauce, cucumber salad, and brown rice. For a first course, I roasted a kabocha and then puréed it with some chicken broth we had in the fridge from the last carcass. Silky, smooth, sweet, and simple. There's a little left, so I'll use it to thicken a curry or sauce in the coming days.


We Are Never Full said...

this is def. the difference b/w you and me - when i'm pissed off from a pointless day of work i would never think of making a tart w/ real crust. you...well clearly you take your frustration out of food. and the result is good. maybe squeezing that crust is your artist version of a stress squeezie?

Zoomie said...

Onion pie and silky soup - what's not special about that? Your creativity shows in all your work, whether in studio or in kitchen.

cook eat FRET said...

plus he made the fucking bowl.
and it's beautiful.

i have a sneaking suspicion the guy sews his own clothes

cookiecrumb said...

Four-course Dinner Made by Grouchy Guy! Extra, extra!
Jeez, I could have gotten by on the soup and two salads alone, and saved the pie for tomorrow. But I'm a sparrow.
FWIW, I LOVE onion pie. I have so many versions. Yours is one of them, as of now.

Brooke said...

Mmmm, onion pie. That could be dinner for me every night. Looks delicious.

So now I wonder, do you sew your clothes?

peter said...

Amy: Well, I was cranky because I didn't want to STOP working, so that's different. And this crust takes exactly 2 minutes to make, so it's not exactly hard.

Zoomie: You're half right.

Claudia: I'm excited to make more.

CC: They were on different days. I might not have made that too clear.

Brooke: No, I don't, but Heather rolls her own tampons.

Zoomie said...

Oh come on, false modesty - admit it, you're terrific!