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This and That. And a “Method” for Vegetable Stew…

Posted Mar 21 2010 1:23pm

Spring break has come to a rather uneventful close. No crazy parties to speak of (well, we did make an appearance at The Popin on Friday night – apparently it’s socially acceptable to wear a rat on your shoulder as if it were a parrot in public here. “Hey, isn’t that rat underage!?” Good times), just some much needed down time, lots of reading and writing, and some spring cleaning leaving me with a de-cluttered bedroom and a load of laundry smelling of Spring time.


Oooh and a visit to the olive man yesterday…his goodies (?) made an appearance in today’s lunch.

IMG 3594 This and That. And a “Method” for Vegetable Stew… IMG 3582 This and That. And a “Method” for Vegetable Stew…

Lettuce, red bell pepper, and zucchini from my produce guy, and olives and dolmas from my olive guy. It’s so weird – I think I finally realized I live here this Spring break…I have an olive guy, a produce guy, a cheese guy. Yep, all mine.


I spent the afternoon wandering the streets, soaking in the glory of a light jacket and moderate temperatures. That’s another strange thing – changing seasons! Darn. Guess I’ll have to get a new wardrobe Wink


I headed to the marais, the best place to be on Sundays in the city in my personal opinion, and celebrated Spring with a frozen yogurt and a new cotton dress, then headed to the Bastille area to pick up a couple spices for a little some somethin’ I had in mind for tonight’s dinner.


But not before seeing this.

Paris Rollerbladers Paris Rollerblading IMG 1355 This and That. And a “Method” for Vegetable Stew…

Ohhhh, Paris. You just never know what you’re gonna get. Pack of crazy rollerbladers? Why not!?


After my three hour walk, I headed home to spend some time in the kitchen. I wish I could give you a recipe, but since I have no measuring tools here, we’ll think of it more as a method. Or perhaps, maybe a little inspiration to get in the kitchen and just do what smells right, so to speak… Open-mouthed


I made a stew type thingy. Not sure what I’d call this really, but I usually like to make a bunch of veggies on Sundays since the weeks are so hectic and have them on hand. I used up my new produce (ya know, from my produce guy) and came up with this creation. It had:

- bacon


- garlic

- Italian seasoning

- mushrooms

- zucchini

- eggplant

- tomato paste

- 1 can cherry tomatoes (that I crushed later with a fork)

- 1 can cannellini beans


I started by sautéing the bacon, then added the onions once a little of the fat had melted. Once the onions were translucent, I added the garlic and Italian seasoning, sautéed for a minute, then added the mushrooms, zucchini, and eggplant.

IMG 3599 This and That. And a “Method” for Vegetable Stew…

Once all of that cooked down, I added the tomato paste, canned tomatoes, and cannellini beans. I always do the tomato paste like my Nana does – I let it cook with the veggies for a bit before adding the canned tomatoes so it can sweeten up and almost caramelize. The extra minute works wonders.

vegetable bean stew

This was such a yummy dinner after a long day of walking and went perfectly with a piece of quinoa bread with fresh farmer’s market goat cheese…

Vegetable Stew fresh goat cheese bread and goat cheese 

Yum. I do love me some chevre. I especially loved the Spring/Summer-esque veggies. I’m already excited to get in the kitchen this Summer – my ideas have been flowing and I have tons of great ideas for when I have all of my kitchen tools at my disposal.


The rest of my evening has been spent reading and watching garbage on Netflix. Nothin’ like a little LA Ink on a Sunday night Wink


I’ll leave you with a new favorite. I constantly find myself reading poetry – looking for it, reading it, talking about it, thinking about it. I just love it. 

This is what you should do:
Love the earth and sun and animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
stand up for the stupid and crazy,
devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people…
reexamine all you have been told in school or church or in any book,
dismiss what insults your very soul,
and your flesh shall become a great poem.

                                             – Walt Whitman


Random questions…

What’s your favorite TV show?

I’m not sure, but one day this week I just decided I wanted to watch LA Ink. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m really loving it. They are such artists!

Other than what I can see on Netflix, I have no idea what shows or movies are out right now. We have no TV here, but I kinda like it.

What’s your favorite poem? Favorite poet?

I love all things Rumi lately. Please share your favorites, as I’m always looking for new stuff!

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