Early last year my CSA was offering an awesome deal on giant boxes of cosmetically marred but otherwise perfect organic apriums. I got a box as did my friend, Marlyn. I failed miserably at getting mine canned before they started turning, but Marlyn got her's done. She was kind enough to give me a couple jars. They've been sitting there, tempting me for months now. I kept telling myself to wait for a time when I didn't have fresh fruit available.
|Apriums in honey with dill|
Tonight I was looking in my depressingly empty fridge (despite the large amount of money I just spent a few days ago at the store) trying to figure out what to do for dinner. I looked in the pantry. There were those gorgeous jars of apriums. I also had a hunk of aged gouda sitting in the fridge and a bottle of chardonnay. Sounded like a good combo to me! And it was. It was actually heavenly. The apriums were super delicate, so I toasted a bit of bread to serve as a vessel for their sweet goodness. The dill gave them this very slight and extremely complimentary flavor in the background. The cheese and the wine just made it complete.
|Apriums, aged gouda, La Crema chardonnay|
I also had a lot of eggs, cheddar and some broccoli sitting in the fridge. Sounded like little mini broccoli quiche time to me! Took me about 5 minutes to toss together, puff pastry I already defrosted from the freezer, chopped up the broccoli and tossed in a super hot pan with some water and covered. While that was getting a quick steam I buttered a cupcake pan and squished in 9 little squares of puff pastry. Tossed the broccoli in and then poured some whipped up eggs, 1/2 and 1/2 with a bit of garlic, truffle salt and pepper. 6 of the 9 little quiches also had some cayenne pepper sprinkled on top. I topped them with a small slice of cheddar. Chucked them in the oven at 400 for 20 mins and voila. Dinner was served. With more wine, of course.
So obviously this was no fancy 6 course meal, or even one with a main course and 2 sides and a salad, just a busy mom who likes yummy food meal. Trust me, it was satisfying, easy and damn good.