Thursday, November 15, 2012

Meat, Starch, Veg

282: Meat, Starch, Veg

Do you ever sit at work and get immediate and urgent cravings for a particular type of food? For example: Dang, polenta sounds good. Ok, now I want polenta. GIVE. ME. THE. STARCH. And then instead of going home to immediately eat the polenta, you go out and try to get a new phone except the one you want is apparently popular and therefore not available to you for weeks, thus increasing your frustration level and elevating the need for starchy goodness? Here is what you can do about that when you get home:

Bring 4 cups salted water to a boil. Whisk in 1 cup polenta (aka medium or coarse cornmeal) and turn down the heat. Whisk occasionally while it simmers for 30-40 minutes. Add a tablespoon of butter and a hearty scoop of mascarpone or cream cheese and stir.

Meanwhile, defrost something labeled "BBQ Beef 8/17". Try to remember what recipe you used three months ago. Fail.

Realize that you should put a vegetable on the plate too. Cut some brussels sprouts in half. Heat up a cast iron skillet over a medium flame and put some bacon fat in it to melt. Put the sprouts in, cut side down. Cover it for 5 minutes. Take the cover off. Add half a cup of water, it'll boil off really fast but your sprouts will stop just shy of burning. Flip them over and shut off the heat.

Text your husband and demand he bring home ice cream.


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