Lazy Friday Night Supper
Who says you have to cook to have a great meal at home? Sometimes you just need some really fresh produce, cheese, crackers and wine to create the perfect supper for a hot summer night…and let me tell you, last week in Los Angeles was HOT. I didn’t even want to boil a pot of water, much less turn on a single appliance.
Here’s what we had:
Smoked trout with dill which we purchased, plus a horseradish dressing whipped up using nonfat Greek yogurt, horseradish, a bit of light mayo, lemon zest and cracked black pepper.
Sliced baby roma tomatoes and Greek cucumbers, both from the Eagle Rock farmer’s market, plus a nub of Saint-André triple cream brie, one Laughing Cow Babybel and one Laughing Cow wedge- all of which I dug out of our cheese drawer.
A basket of various crackers and bread we had left in the pantry- some La Brea Bakery multigrain, seasoned Ry-krisp and some random olive oil flatbread crackers plus a green salad with balsamic vinaigrette:
Put together, it all looked something like this on my plate:
Not bad for a dinner on the fly, and it definitely beat sweating it out in the kitchen. I guess it’s one of those situation where each individual element might not look like much on its own, but together, makes a pretty great meal.
What’s your favorite lazy supper?
When Inspiration Strikes...
Last week felt like it lasted an eternity and I was looking forward to just having some wine and dinner out after work Friday. That changed when J texted me in the afternoon saying our friend was coming to dinner, so I found myself clicking through Food Gawker
trying to find some inspiration. I’d pretty much decided on making a baked pasta dish, only because I had a batch of homemade marinara in the freezer I could use and I knew I didn’t have a lot of time. I wasn’t exactly sold on the idea but couldn’t think of anything else. After making a shopping list I headed out of work and off to Whole Foods
On the way there I was finally hit with a wave of inspiration after remembering some beautiful heirloom potatoes
I’d purchased a couple of days before. They were baby, fingerling-like ones that came in several different colors- deep purple, pink, blush…and I knew I wanted to make something using those.
Luckily Whole Foods still had them, so I tossed the baked pasta idea out and a dinner started to take shape. After grabbing a tub of Boursin chees
e, a ball of pizza dough from the Whole Foods chef and some marinated seafood anitpasti, I was off.
Here’s what we ended up having last night:
Marinated mussels and marinated octopus with green olives, which I purchased.
Spicy Genoa salami
Roasted carrots drizzled seasoned with garlic, drizzled with lemon juice & olive oil and finished with cilantro.
The result of the inspiration: a potato pizza which was so easy to put together. I just pressed the pizza dough into a baking sheet, brushed with olive oil and then smeared with Boursin cheese. Topped with thinly sliced potatoes, red onion, fresh rosemary and Italian parsley, it was really delicious!
This was the thing that I did spend some time on, but it didn’t take too long. I had some beautiful blood oranges from my parents’ tree so I layered them with some sugar and butter into a simple galette crust made from flour, sour cream, butter, ice water and lemon juice.
I especially loved the colors of the meal and I am really looking forward to the spring and summer produce at the local farmer’s markets for more inspiration!
Hope you give this potato pizza a try sometime!