Being in my new place for a little over a month now, has reminded me how much pleasure I can find in feeding myself in the fall. The produce is abundant, and flavourable, and nothing takes a lot of prep to make amazing; my kitchen is sparkly new and a pleasure to cook in. I putter around, and find myself calling friends to come over to eat, as I inevitably make far too much food. Example number 1: tonight’s dinner.
I call it: throw it in a pan dinner. It’s pretty much impossible to screw up. All it is pan-warmed veggies (with olive oil and chile sauce) served over mixed greens and goat cheese. I normally throw in whatever I have on hand. This version stars roasted brussels sprouts, baby heirloom tomatoes, bacon (!) and olives. The delicious side is pumpkin ravioli from President’s Choice. So good, inexpensive, and simple to make that I may try all the flavours. Anyone else tried them?
A bold red wine is all it takes to finish the meal. I’m currently loving Yellow Tail’s Shiraz/ Grenache blend, but any Shiraz or Cab Sauv would also work well.
The perfect soundtrack for this meal was Alicia Keys’ ‘As I Am’ – because a Chopin inspired R&B album is perfect on a fall night.