Apparently, not everyone thinks photos of fresh, free-range sausages are beautiful. My husband was horrified. He wanted to give my blog URL to his foodie coworker, but he wouldn't do it until I posted a new entry so his coworker wouldn't have to look at the disgusting sausage picture. He said it looked like someone's science experiment. He said it looked like intestines. Well, they are intestines! A few readers shared his disgust, so I am a bit hesitant to post photos of sausage these days. At least the ones in my last post were cooked!
Anyway, I hate being stuck at home on weekends. Unfortunately, I have a mysterious injury in my knee. I walked into the gym Friday morning - I hadn't even worked out yet - I just walked in there - and a pain seized my knee and wouldn't let up. Riding was not possible in this kind of pain, and when it's 19 degrees outside, you don't want to head to the barn just to sit around. I miss my girls a whole bunch, but I'm not that crazy.
When you're home all day, you do manage to take advantage of what's on TV. There was a time when home all day meant the Food Network. For me it still could. I may live in NY, but I have FIOS, so I haven't lost the Food Network. I've found something way better.
Yesterday I turned on the TV and saw that a cooking show was on. The host was explaining very carefully and professionally how to cut the spine out of a chicken. I didn't recognize her. Then I realized I wasn't watching Food Network. I was watching PBS. It's not as if I didn't know PBS had great food shows. I do watch Lidia when I can. I guess I just so automatically turn to FN, no matter how much I complain about it, that I just don't always think of PBS. These are some superior cooking shows! I need to watch them more. They are actually about COOKING and not about the hosts' hair/breasts/sunshiny personalities.
Anyway, when I'm home I can cook more. Cooking on weekends is a rare thing for me. I'm usually at the barn all day and by the time I get home, cooking is the last thing on my mind. We either eat leftovers from weeknight meals or go out. I had a lazy Sunday to make both lunch and dinner.
However, as it's a lazy Sunday, the recipes are neither complex, nor are they going to be actual recipes.
My lunch was roasted cauliflower soup.
Begin by roasting some farmer's market. (Winter farmer's market opened this weekend. Yay!) Forty minutes at 400 degrees should do the trick. Time may depend on how small you cut your florets. I left mine big. Smaller ones need less time - Duh!
Next 2 small farmer's market onions are softened in 2 tablespoons of butter. After they are soft, in goes 4 cloves of minced garlic.
Cauliflower goes into the pot with a quart of homemade stock I defrosted. Simmer about 20 minutes or until cauliflower falls apart when you stir it.
Add in about a half a pound of cheddar cheese. I grated this one myself! So I am not always lazy. This was some good cheddar. Blend with stick blender till smooth. You could also whiz batches of it in the food processor.
Season with salt and pepper and a little paprika and serve.
For dinner we had individual frittate.
I mixed 8 eggs with salt, pepper, and some chopped tarragon. I know it's not traditional, but I also added a splash of
Add special ingredients. Pour into greased muffin cups.
Shredded cheese and bacon for me.
Sir Pickypants got a treat. Peas!
Bake at 400 degrees until firm all the way through and brown on top, about 20 minutes.
Serve over mixed greens.