Let’s get business out of the way before settling into a conversation. There were 77 entries and Random.org picked number #55, better known as Crystal. Check your email later today. For those who didn’t win, hang tight, it sounds like a few more cookbooks will be coming up for grabs in the near future.
Rather than a traditional, just post what we’re going to have type of Menu Monday, I thought I’d talk a little about the process for this week. I’m still digging through the freezer, pulling out the items hiding in the back corners, but I did visit a farmers market on Saturday and took my plans down an unexpected road.
Aside from the kettle corn -purely market research- we found collards, honey, peas, and surprisingly some gorgeous tomatoes. A friend of mine runs a greenhouse, and they were gorgeous.
The tomatoes and collards apparently have shaped my culinary mood for the week. Sunday dinner was tomato pie and collard greens, we’ve started off Southern and I think we’ll be marinating in those flavors the rest of the week. I had collard greens on my mind while poking around the web and I happened to discover this old Julia Child episode with a very young Emeril Lagasse.
While watching, I realized I have never written about mirepoix, something I will rectify later this week with a post on traditional and Creole versions. I will also work on a stand alone roux tutorial. I have explanations of roux with several recipes, but nothing freestanding. For myself, I plan on making the shrimp étouffée from the show. Conveniently my husband, completely unaware of my culinary jaunt requested jambalaya, one of the recipes I’ve been longing to update. I posted it shortly after the site was launched, long before I knew anything about food photography.
So now that you know what is shaping our menu this week, what’s on yours?