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Veg Ennui

Veg Ennui

Perhaps working with food is putting me off actually buying it. Or writing about it. (So far, it’s not put me off eating it.) Or perhaps yesterday was just one of “those days”, when the market’s wares were less than inspiring, and I was less than thrilled with the prospect of my usual shopping/posting/cooking schedule.

In any case, I’m a day late with this post and don’t have much to show for it. Several leeks (most already disappeared in a Sunday lunch of cheesy leek rarebit), some parsnips (I fancy these curried- whether roasted or in a soup, I haven’t decided) and a couple potatoes was all that really spoke to me yesterday. I did grab some farm fresh eggs, which I’ll make into a frittata of some sort later in the week. Or maybe a tart- Smitten Kitchen posted a gorgeous looking one last week.

The daffodils are on a table in my living room, waiting to bloom. Maybe once they do, my foodie ennui will lift.

But what about you- any cooking plans you’re excited about this week? What’s on the menu tonight?


  1. Vicki Randle says:

    Here is a recipe that we have been having over and over again. Even people who don’t like Brussel Sprouts will like them done this way.

    Brussel Sprouts

    4 cups Brussel sprouts, trimmed and quartered
    2 tbsp oil
    1 large leek, halved and sliced 1/4″ pieces
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 large clove garlic, finely minced
    2-3 tbsp flour
    1 cup vegetable stock
    1 cup shredded cheese
    2 cups bread crumbs

    Boil sprouts until almost tender, about 4-5 minutes. In frying pan heat oil; add leek, onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent and soft. Sprinkle with flour and stir to cook flour. Slowly add stock and stir until thickened; stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Drain and add sprouts; stir and transfer to casserole dish. Mix remaining 1/2 cup of cheese with bread crumbs and sprinkle over top of sprout mixture. Bake in 350 for 25-30 minutes.

  2. Juliette says:

    oh, I get you. Somehow living in a foreign country has killed the joy I formerly had back in the US for all my cooking loves. Slowly, like the coming of spring, I am getting back into my groove. But it’s nearly been 3 years! The food shops here do nothing to inspire me.

    This week we have one of my husband’s colleagues (a superior nonetheless) coming over w/her boyfriend, so the pressure is on. I’m relying on a time-tested favorite from Nina Simonds: Fragrant Cinnamon Pork with Sweet Potatoes – a stew w/anise, sake, and soy sauce. I’m also going to try to whip up some sort of citrus tart for dessert….I’m hoping my trip to the Asian market tomorrow doesn’t let me down!