Saturday, August 9, 2008

Farm Share Olympics

Last night we had our good friend Nicole over on the eve of our trip to France! It was great to see her and have a little added help in our goal of emptying the fridge before we leave the country. Overall, it worked out pretty good. We have a few items in the fridge that should have no trouble lasting until our return (e.g. potatoes, onions, garlic, etc.). There was some weird email the farm share sent us about how the garlic they sent us is special garlic that needs to be used up quickly and shouldn't be kept for too long. I don't believe them. I'll take my chances. I'm kind of afraid that when we return from our trip they will have spoiled, formed a cocoon and hatched little mice that will eat the entire contents of our fridge. I guess that's a worst-case scenario. Well, I guess the garlic could also create a black hole that would annihilate our entire planet. That would be worse.

I made a salad from all the leftover mixed greens, green leaf lettuce, basil leaves, sliced mixed tomatoes and cucumber. I also made a vinaigrette with mustard, shallot, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It was pretty good except I accidentally ate a cucumber slice which made me a little sad. However it didn't give me tremendous gas. Also: I did some research and it's good to know I'm not alone.

We ordered delivery from our favorite local restaurant, Plum Pomidor to avoid leaving any food in the fridge. Nicole had the House-Made Black Tagliatelle, Calamari, and Spicy Tomato Sauce.

I had the special of the night which was called Rigatoni Mumble-Mumble as far as I could tell by the person who gave me the specials over the phone. It was new so I figured I'd try it out. It had chickpeas, which I haven't been a huge fan of recently, but it was pretty good. Jen liked it more than I did.

Jen had her favorite Organic & Whole Wheat Penne with Roasted Eggplant, Tomato and Ricotta Cheese.

Plum Pomidor has great food and they manage to do delivery pasta very, very well. It's not super easy to deliver. One thing they do not do too well is ration out an appropriate amount of bread. This was the amount of bread they felt was adequate for three adults. You'll note that's 1.66 tiny slices of bread per person. It's actually kind of hilarious how little bread they give you. Luckily Nicole had brought a loaf of bread with her so we had something to go with our pasta.

Nicole also brought over a bottle of Peyrat-Fourton which was very tasty. Personally I would not purchase this wine because whenever I see lions or griffins on a bottle I immediately assume the price is going to be too high. That's why I try to stick with labels that prominently feature poorly drawn sketches of a mangy dog or a fat guy riding a bicycle. That way you know they're trying to overcompensate with flashy labels to hide the fact that their wine isn't all that good. The result: instant savings!

For dessert we finished off the cherry vanilla ice cream with a little melted chocolate over the top.

While we dined we watched the opening ceremony for the Olympics, which was insane. My favorite part was when Bob Costas said, "So when you order a Big Mac and fries in Beijing, they present it to you with a conspicuous elegance?" Along with Matt Lauer Bob Costas managed to say plenty of cringe-worthy quasi-racist things which, as we all know, is the true spirit of the Olympics.

That's it! If all goes well (barring any unforeseen technical problems) our next post will be from Paris. If all doesn't go well then we'll just give you a two-minute recap from New York when we return.

I can't wait to try a real authentic Croissan'Wich instead of the bastardized American version!

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