This whole back to school fall thing is not stabilizing in our household, so weâve had to get a bit more disciplined about our cooking schedule: lotâs of pre-prep of multipurpose dinner components that can be cooked up in batches on the weekend, then rolled out into multiple, quick dinners during the week. Here's what I did this time around:
Several pounds of organic beafsteaks became an all purpose tomato sauce, after getting chopped up and going into a good measure of hot olive oil in which Iâd toasted a few cloves of garlic and a pinch of chile flakes.
Uses: pasta sauce, obviously, but i also chopped it roughly enough and didnât obliterate in the cooking so that I can reduce it even more in a pan and serve it as a sort of side-dish marmalade to roasted firm fleshed fish or chicken. It can be brightened by chopped fresh herbs stirred in at the end. Mint could make it lambworthy even. It could also be a simmer sauch for calamari.
Eggplant, Zucchini, White Onion
All sliced thinly, marinated briefly in olive oil, a bit of balsamic, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper, then grilled.
Uses: in a vegetable lasagna, with or without noodles. As a sandwich filling. Chopped and tossed with herbs and feta as a salad. Chopped even more finely and tossed with orzo or Israeli Cous Cous. Or chopped, heated, minted, and served with lamb. Or, obvy, as a pasta sauce, or bruschetta topping.
I made double batches of both, so itâs likely weâll do a few of the above.
And then, confusingly, I bought some Asian Pears, which Iâve had before (round, rusty in color), and some Chinese Pears (the green ones in the picture here), or at least thatâs what the woman at the stall said they were. A google search for Chinese Pears turned up pictures of Asian Pears, so Iâm wondering: just what are these pears in the photo here? Theyâre sweet and not very crisp and more free form in shape than other pears Iâve had before.