I had a fitful sleep last night – I dreamed I had to cook dinner using slugs, and couldn’t decide whether to serve them raw on greens, which would risk of having them crawl off the plate, or cook them. A quick sauté in a hot pan I imagined would be the best method, being small meaty bits, or perhaps using one of those escargot bowls with all the little divots in it – because snails are essentially slugs too, right?
What do you think it means?
The day was one of medical emergencies – we’re all OK, but I spent the morning shuttling to various doctors and the afternoon bringing bags of ice to Mike’s knee and attempting to put a warm compress on W’s eye and administer expensive drops – 3 mL for $24, of which I managed to get approximately zero into his eye while he ejected about a quarter of a bottle – or about $6 worth – into Mike’s eye. That between two meetings that took the bulk of the afternoon and running out the door at ten to five to pick up A – for a community dinner at The Blooming Fields, a greenhouse in Didsbury.
It’s an interesting concept – the owners put on a set menu every Friday and Saturday night featuring ingredients they have either grown themselves or acquired from local farmers, and people from the community come and sit around two big communal tables. It’s like eating dinner at your friendly aunt and uncle’s house. On the menu – fennel soup, a salad, meat fondue with beef, chicken and meatballs you simmer yourself in broth (with various sauces, tomatoes and mushrooms) and Saskatoon berry crumble with chocolate chunk ice cream for dessert. When I got home I discovered (besides a house that looked like someone had picked it up and shook it) Mike had ordered pizza, having not been able to stand at the stove and heat up another package of those Canton beans I so conveniently left on the counter. For lunch I did try the Indian chick peas, heated up with a handful of frozen spinach straight from the bag and a spoonful of peanut butter stirred in. It took all of about three minutes to warm through and was fantastic.
Which makes a perfect segue way into Free Stuff Fridays. Some of you will like this one. Some of you won’t. Today’s Free Stuff is BEANS. Come on, they’re so good for you. You’ll have lunches and dinners taken care of for weeks. Think of the camping possibilities!
I emailed the PR company who does Canton beans and told them how impressed I was with this (Canadian!) product, and told them about you guys and FSF, and asked if they might donate a case of beans, one that includes all five varieties. They were all over it. So next Tuesday, I’ll email the winners coordinates to them and they will ship out the beans.
And you will love them – even the Limas.