I have recently made some great food discoveries. Not ground-breaking discoveries, just everyday-thrill kind of kitchen discoveries. Sometimes it’s the little things. Or maybe it’s always just the little things?
Do you know the website 100 Days of Real Food? I stumbled upon that last month and find it to be a great resource. I’m loving the school lunch round up posts, as well as the 100 Days on a Budget series, but the greatest discovery was “the popcorn trick.” My god. I’ve been going about it all wrong. I have always made my popcorn “from scratch,” meaning, I cook the kernels in a pot with oil, just like my father always did growing up. But this. Well, this changes everything. The easiest, most obvious microwave popcorn evah. Check it out.
Another discovery? Rubbing garlic on toast. I may be pushing the definition of the word discovery here, but it has changed my breakfast life. I am not a fan of typical breakfast foods, and usually prefer dinner leftovers in the morning. I’ll take savory over sweet even at 6am. The fact that I have 30 garden-grown garlic bulbs drying in the basement makes this all the more perfect.
Speaking of the garden, I put in 4 broccoli plants and 4 cauliflower plants this spring only to discover that, in fact, that are all broccoli. Hmm. I guess the labels at the garden store must have gotten switched up. I was looking forward to having home-grown cauliflower for the first time, but an abundance of broccoli is never a bad thing.
And driving home the point that I am not an expert in the gardening department, is my bright idea to grow my string beans up the lattice at the edge of the garden, so they wouldn’t use up so much space. Those vines grew up and up, and now that the beans are ready to be picked, they are too high to reach. It’s nothing a girl on her dad’s shoulders can’t handle, but there is a cluster of gigantic beans on the garage roof that must be dealt with soon. Those things are starting to look more like cucumbers.
We also discovered concord grapes growing outside of the library, and earlier in the summer, we found blackberries at the soccer field, blueberries at a local hiking spot, and wild garlic at the bank. Hurray for foraged goodies.
For my birthday (way back in June) I received Joy the Baker’s cookbook from my mother. Holy indulgence! The front cover says it’s a “celebration in butter and sugar,” and I’d say that’s pretty accurate. But Joy does include a few healthy recipes, like the kale, spinach, banana, peanut butter smoothie. It’s so good, my girls will even drink it. (To be fair, they will drink green smoothies, but never with gusto, like they did this one.)
There’s nothing like a new food discovery–a recipe, a gadget, a new method of cooking, a new ingredient–to renew my enthusiasm in the kitchen. Now that we’re back in the routine of school, homework, and soccer practice, I have a few new tricks up my sleeve to keep things from getting bland too soon.
Have you made any food discoveries lately?