Thursday, February 10, 2011

The things I love

I am thinking that there are unlimited things to do with courgette.  I cook with them in some form at least twice a week.  They taste so good, I can find no compelling reason not to.  I love courgette.

I also picked up some cute little baby beets in the  organic food market in St Andrews on Saturday.  Beetroot is great as it keeps in the fridge for at least a week, it tastes amazing, it is healthy and it stains your hands completely.  I have loved it ever since my wonderful friend Richard presented to me an iridescent bowl of beetroot risotto, so pink that in fact it was frightening to eat, but tasted sweet and delicious.

I roasted these in the oven tonight for about an hour, peeled them and served them with some slow-cooked courgettes, threw in some stray kalamata olives, crumbled a deliciously contrasting white goats cheese and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts.  All a bit of a mixture of whatever was jumping out at me, but nonetheless healthy, delicious and colourful.  I think that this would be great as a starter to maybe a rich fish pie topped with buttery mashed potato as its a little bit self-righteously healthy. 

Or eat it alone as I did tonight, made happy by the little things in life ...

I am enchanted with some things at the minute ...

                              Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
                              Enwrought with golden and silver light,
                              The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
                              Of night and light and the half-light,
                               I would spread the cloths under your feet:
                               But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
                               I have spread my dreams under your feet;
                              Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
                              Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven, William Butler Yeats, 1899

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