Friday, February 25, 2011

Thanks Michael Pollan!

I am reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.  I am enthralled.  Totally enthralled.  All-I-want-to-do-is-read enthralled.  I have read other Pollan books, but not this one.  I wish I had read it first!  I appreciate his humor and common sense.  I appreciate the style in which he writes.  I appreciate his message in general--it is so simple and yet profound.

As a result of my food reading (and my blog reading) I felt inspired to go adventure in the kitchen and make a fabulous dinner last night, ready and waiting when Matt got home from work.  I think I succeeded quite nicely, too.  Curried root vegetables and butternut squash over couscous.  I also managed to make three things I have never before made: carrot cake, hummus, and two loaves of bread. 

I have made buns, breadsticks, flatbread, corn bread, biscuits, and all sorts of breads...except an actual loaf.  It came about basically because I was cold and refusing to turn up the heater any further.  Ah ha, I thought, bake bread and the oven will help heat it up in here!  Plus, I'll get bread! 

I think they turned out great. 


Matt is the hummus maker at our house.  He has made 100% of the hummus eaten at our household since we "discovered" it.  He had mentioned that he was going to make some yesterday morning, but sadly there was none waiting for me when I got home.  As I was peering in the fridge wishing he had made hummus I thought, well that HAS to be one of the easiest things to make.  So I did.  And it was.  And it was quite different than Matt's hummus.  Both are good, but different.  (I am eating it as we speak and it is even better today!)

We don't usually have dessert out house, but last night I wanted to do something special...and keep the oven running!  So, I made my very first carrot cake.  Actually I made two small heart shaped cakes--one for each of us.  I served them with agave syrup drizzled on top.  It was super simple and hey, any time I can add a veggie in addition to the sugar I should take it!  Also, they were absolutely delicious.  I'll have to come back at post the recipe.



Then I still had time to wash all the dishes in my nice, warm kitchen. 

Matt was super appreciatve of the clean, warm house filled yummy smells and tastes. 


(Thanks Michael Pollan!)

2 comments:

  1. what a great day you had!! Wish I had already baked bread instead of still needing to do that. I'm a big fan of Pollan's too...gotta love him!

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  2. It was a great day! I mean really, how can any day with fresh bread be anything but?!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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