today i plan to treat this blog like the food blog i never managed to begin.. so it's no thanks to me (all thanks to dylan) that you continue to be updated on the house.
since the friday of the fire, my itch to get in a kitchen has been slowly mounting. of course the first few days offered plenty of distraction, but soon i was itching to cook. a full week without cooking is as good a sign as any that life is not totally normal. so 3 days ago i settled myself into mark's kitchen (thanks mark you're the best!) and had a lovely time. (my only regret is that i forgot to snap a photo or two..) all measurements are extremely approximate, all ingredients are optional...
spaghetti with black bean balls and tomato sauce (serves 4 hungry fire-ravaged-house cleaners):
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can spaghetti sauce
1 t fennel seeds
1/2 t caraway seeds
1/2 t rosemary
1/2 t thyme
2 cloves garlic, rough diced
1 t dried pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
on med-low, simmer tomatoes, tomato sauce and spices. add the stem from the fresh basil for added flavor. continue to simmer (adding water as necessary) until everything else is complete, the longer the better! meanwhile, boil water and cook the desired amount of noodles according to package instructions.
for bean balls:
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 white onion, chopped
fresh ground black pepper
1/4-1/3 whole wheat flour
use a fork to mash beans. stir in chopped onions and black pepper. to help hold them together, stir in 1 egg and enough flour to allow the mixture to be rolled into meatball sized balls (they WILL be sticky! it WILL by messy!) heat oil on medium, enough to cover the bottom of a pan. add the balls a couple at a time, rolling them around to crisp them up on all sides. as each is complete, drop it into the tomato sauce.
1-2 c bell peppers, thick sliced
2 c kale, torn into bite sized pieces
cheese for sprinkling
simmer the bean balls in the sauce approx. 10 minutes. right before serving, add in peppers and kale. stir till colors are bright and just barely cooked (i like my veggies fresh!). top with fresh basil and cheese (if you like) and serve.
so there you are, thank you for bearing with me in my very out-of-place blog post. it was yummy, but mostly it was awesome to cook a meal and sit down as a house to enjoy it together. little bits of normal amidst the crazy.. cheers! carina.