You know how much I love to horrify you with ugly food, right? But did you know that I also like to harass Tastespotting with photos such as this, knowing full well that they’ll have a field day making fun of it and curse me for wasting their time by submitting it? As if I actually think it’s art.
Well, it IS art. This was my favorite local meal of the week. I thought it was going to be the squash ravioli in the biggest upset of all time. But no, it was this. Lentils with wilted bok choy, aloo gobi (cauliflower and potatoes with Indian spices), and homemade, whole wheat naan (Indian flatbread) to mop up the spicy bits of onion left behind. And, no, I didn’t get it from Bombay Mahal (though I value their craft).
I remember the first time I was exposed to Indian food in college. I was perplexed. What is all this brown food and why does it smell so good? Now I know that Indian food is just like Italian food in all the ways that matter. Heavy on the garlic and onions, bread to sop things up with. I’m sure there are other parallels. We'll be making Indian food again during this challenge, despite the unpopularity of the lentils with three out of four family members. I plan to rely heavily on Madhur Jaffrey to give me some ideas for all of these legumes I’ve purchased. I hope you have a strong stomach.
ELC Recap: 10/4-10/8
Saturday, October 4
Breakfast: Yogurt, scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast with grape jam, apple cider
Lunch: Grilled tomato and cheese sandwiches, pepper slices, strawberries, milk
Dinner: Sausage and peppers in sub rolls, salad, milk
Sunday, October 5
Breakfast: Yogurt, apple cider, contraband Cheerios (because Husband cannot be trusted to give the children breakfast)
Lunch: Meatloaf sandwiches with homemade pickles. Kids had hard-boiled eggs, baguette, and cheese.
Dinner: At a family gathering; rules suspended. I contributed local apple cake.
Monday, October 6
Breakfast: Yogurt, whole wheat toast with honey, apple cider
Lunch: Fried egg sandwich on whole wheat with garlicky broccoli rabe, cheddar cheese, and tomato (my god, this was awesome). Kids had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese, and strawberries.
Dinner: Indian cauliflower and potatoes, lentils with wilted bok choy, whole wheat naan, Wachusett Octoberfest.
Tuesday, October 7
Breakfast: Yogurt, scrambled eggs, whole wheat toast with honey, apple cider
Lunch: Leftovers from Monday’s dinner. The kids had meatloaf, apples, and cheese.
Snack: Dried cranberries
Dinner: Sausage and peppers in sub rolls, apples
Wednesday, October 8
Breakfast: Yogurt, homemade granola (the kids did not like this), whole wheat toast with honey, apple cider
Lunch: Leftover lentils and naan. The kids had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cheese, apples, bok choy slices
Dinner: Husband and I went out to a local restaurant--more on that to come. The kids had pita pizzas with tomato sauce I had put up, steamed broccoli, apples.
Drumlin Farm CSA, Lincoln, MA: tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, turnips, cucumbers, shallots, onions, garlic, broccoli rabe, potatoes, hot peppers, bok choy, broccoli
Milk: Our Family Farms of Western Massachusetts, Bernardston, MA (Russo’s)
Butter: Cabot, Cabot, VT
Eggs: Chip-In Farm, Bedford, MA (Russo’s)
Cheese: Smith’s Farmstead, Winchendon, MA (Waltham Farmer’s Market); Cabot, Cabot, VT; Grafton Village Cheese Company, Grafton, VT (Russo’s)
Yogurt: Stonyfield Farm, Londonderry, NH
Flour, oats: Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater, ME (mail order)
Baguettes, sub rolls: Russo’s, Watertown, MA
Pita bread: Bay State Bakery, Worcester, MA (Russo’s)
Honey: Golden Meadow, Reseska Apiaries, Holliston, MA (Russo's)
Jam: Trappist, Saint Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, MA; The Salted Cod, Concord, MA
Peanut butter: Teddie, Everett, MA
Maple sugar: The Warren Farm & Sugarhouse, North Brookfield, MA (Waltham Farmer’s Market)
Apples: Autumn Hills Orchard, Groton, MA; Tougas Family Farm, Northboro, MA
Apple cider: Box Mill Farms, Carver Hill Orchard, Stow, MA (Russo's)
Apple cider vinegar: Carlson Orchards, Harvard, MA (Russo's)
Cauliflower: Great Oak Farm, Berlin, MA (Waltham Farmer’s Market)
Strawberries: Dick’s Market Garden, Lunenburg, MA (Waltham Farmer’s Market)
Dried cranberries: New England Cranberry, Lynn, MA (mail order)
Lentils, flax seed: Baer’s Best, Moraine Farm, Beverly, MA (Russo’s)
Sausages: DePasquale’s, Newton, MA
Ground beef: Codman Farm, Lincoln, MA
Beer: Wachusett Brewing Company, Westminster, MA