I used to do a lot of cooking and was actually pretty good at it. I’d rarely use a recipe – I cook more like my Mom and Grandma – a little of this and a little of that and taste and adjust as I go. Refrigerator full of leftover? No problem, just put them all together and add some things that sound like they will make it all more cohesive and BAM – I had a meal! But – I haven’t done much cooking – especially creative cooking – in a long time! Well, tonight I had the urge and this is what I came up with…..
In my “Sunday Outing” post, I talked about all the wonderful fresh veggies I got from Harris Teeter yesterday. I wanted to find a way to have a nice “harvest” meal.
I cut into medium sized chunks:
whole bunch of thin asparagus,
two whole parsnips,
one sweet onion,
1/2 a large red bell pepper,
1/2 a large green bell pepper,
5 or 6 small white potatoes, and
5 or 6 small red potatoes (potatoes are the ones that are about the size of a ping pong ball)
I put them in a large, deep frying pan and covered them with water and brought it to a hard boil for just a few minutes or so to start cooking them – I wanted to be sure the parsnips and potatoes wouldn’t take too long to cook and make the rest too well done
Then, I poured them into a colander to drain while I fixed the frying pan with a nice mixture of olive oil and real butter
Once melted, I put the veggies back in the frying pan and tossed them with:
two envelopes of Lipton Vegetable Soup Mix,
a couple tablespoons of flour,
garlic powder, and
a dash of Worstershire Sauce
The olive oil, butter, and Worstershire Sauce was enough to moisten the powered soup and flour so that it coated most of the veggies nicely
Then I stir fried them until they were nice and brown and crispy – like a pan of home fries!
It turned out sooooooooooooo good!!! A little mushier than I had planned (not sure what I can do differently to keep it from getting too soft – maybe not par-boil it first) – but the flavor was great! The vegetable soup mix was a really good idea – it gave them just the right flavor and added some crunch with the veggies in the mix that didn’t fully hydrate. The coating was perfect!!! The rich flavor of the fresh veggies blended together like a delicious symphony!
I done good — and it was more than enough to be a filling dinner — and there is enough to warm up for another meal tomorrow night!!!