Pear with Peppercorns

Pears with PeppercornThis post is more about a concept than a “dish”.  In fact, to call this a “side dish” feels wrong somehow.  It is, however, something that shows up on our lunch-time table with alarming frequency and, therefore, probably deserves some mention.  As the title indicates, it is pears (in this case sliced) dusted with peppercorns (in this case pink).  That’s all; no fancy technique, no complicated spicing scheme.  Just simple and tasty.  So why write about it at all?… 

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Chickpeas Fried with Harissa and Spinach – A Quick Psuedo-Curry

Chickpeas Fried with Harissa and SpinachI made this as part of my lunch today…in less than 5 minutes!  Granted, I had cooked chickpeas on hand and I had a jar of harissa in the refrigerator.  But that does not change the fact that in a very short amount of time, I had a lovely side dish and was eating it.  Think to your own situation.  Is it possible to keep a can of cooked chickpeas on hand, or better yet, get a pressure cooker and keep some handy?  Do you have room in your refrigerator to store a pint jar full of harissa, which will keep well for months.  Would this inconvenience you in any way?  To me, any inconvenience that could come out of these things seems easily offset by having the ability to quickly produce such a tasty thing to eat…. 

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In Our Kitchens, In Our Homes

One day, while discussing with a co-worker what Brinn and I had prepared for our traditional Monday night dinner, it struck me, somewhere, that we had drifted a fair ways away from mainstream modern culture.  It wasn’t that our dinner was odd or exotic; it was some pretty tasty smoked chicken ravioli in a nice walnut cream sauce (and some side dishes and such).  What was culturally out of step with our Monday dinner was two things: 1) That we sat down at the table and enjoyed a relaxed meal (like together) and 2) The food was prepared from components.  None of it was prepackaged.

Now the second item, making fresh food from real ingredients, is a subject that I want to defer talking about until another time and something that I will probably come back to regularly.  I’m not a fanatic or anything, but it is important to talk about.  But the first item deserves some attention as well and talking about it may give you some perspective into how life around our home works.

I am not going to even try to avoid sounding preachy about this one; sharing food, meals, and the preparation of them is a vital part of how you as a person and your household are defined.  Its not just a good idea, or a nice thing, it is mandatory as a human being.  I feel that the quality of your life degrades when you do not perform this simple, simple act. … 

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