Dinner tonight in A’s basement in front of the hockey game. (A different A from the Didsbury A of last night.) It was a toss-together of whatever we had in our fridges – I needed to get rid of the last of the milk and cheese, and she made a pot of chunky leek and potato soup and cooked up some frozen veggie samosas from Costco that reminded me how much I love samosas, even veggie samosas from Costco. Have I posted a recipe for them? Not the Costco ones – from-scratch samosas using frozen hash browns and peas? They are actually dead easy to make, albeit a little time-consuming. But so worth it, especially if you have some chutney around. It would be fun to have a samosa bee, where a group of like-minded eaters made big batches of them assembly-line style. Or I could always go to Costco.
A made the soup with a big ‘ol leek in her fridge, some potatoes, peeled and chopped, and stock, tarragon, and a handful of fresh spinach stirred in at the end. She left it all chunky and it was wonderful eaten out of wide fish-adorned soup bowls with crusty bread from the market.
Considering the fact that a gaggle (or clutch? herd? swarm? did you know it’s actually called a gulp of cormorants and an implausibility of gnus?) of young boys would be in attendance, I turned the milk and cheese into a batch of mac & cheese, using whole wheat rotini and a simple cheese sauce (cook equal parts butter and flour to a thick paste, whisk in milk until bubbly and thick, stir in grated cheese) into which I stirred a couple jars of baby food sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have a sweet and relatively benign flavour, as do cauliflower (which you can’t get in baby food form) and squash, and so you can stir some into mac & cheese and no one will see or taste the difference. I keep a few jars on the shelf for cheese sauce occasions – you could even add a jar to a package of KD and it would just come out looking cheesier. Not that kids shouldn’t eat their vegetables in their natural state, but hey – every bit helps.
(Those Canton beans, by the way, are available at the following retailers:
The beans are available at the following outlets across Canada: Metro, Sobeys, Wal-Mart, Loblaws, Boucheries, London Drugs (!!), Thrifty’s, Overwaitea/Save on Foods.)