Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thinking out loud

Jesse is home, and, after a brief burst of transitional angst, everyone is content. He and Hazel are playing King's Corner, Hannah is seated nearby, drawing, and I'm - what else? - perusing cookbooks.

We have a potluck party to attend this afternoon, and I want to bring something just right. I pulled out David Tanis's book, a platter of figs, and I could spend all day in it. I had fleetingly thought about the shell beans in my freezer, from the CSA this summer, and lo! Tanis has a simple recipe for them that looks perfect. Now I just have to decide if I make it for home or for the party...

Or, I could riff on his salumi plate, the picture of which so captivated Hannah when she first saw it.

Wait! I think I've found it...the Spinach Cake! David Lebovitz made it, and I linked to his post about it earlier. I have mustard greens from last week's CSA, and my little garden is full of random greens - spinach and chard aplenty. We have fresh eggs form down the street...and it's a dish best served cold. Perfect!

Please excuse me - I need to go harvest some greens. I'll let you know how it comes out.


phd in yogurtry said...

Mmmm, spinach cake. Taste anything like beets in chocolate cake? We've got spinach and I'd love to serve it (unknowingly) to my family of spinach-haters.

Sinda said...

Ms. Yogurt - there's absolutely no way to disguise the fact that this is made of GREEN vegetables. It's in the oven now, and it smells heavenly.

I'm not sure how to disguise spinach - I bet Jerry Seinfeld's wife's cookbook has ideas, though!