Friday, November 27, 2009

Fridays Are Special

Every Friday, I cook something a little special for dinner. We put our feet up and share a bottle of wine - and always have chocolate for dessert.

Sometimes, I know exactly what I will cook; the ingredients, seasonings, and final presentation all come together in a single vision. I like those days because I can relax, shop, and cook - no stress. Other days, I never do get an inspiration and we order in; it doesn't happen very often. Most Fridays, I have ingredients in mind - what's in the fridge, a craving for something - and the idea for the final dish evolves throughout the day.

Today is one of those days. I have all the ingredients I will use and some ideas, but no decisions yet.

The first ingredient is green peppers.


Hmmm. What to have with roasted peppers.  Of course, polenta! I have a wonderful and easy recipe for polenta from Paula Wolfert's The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen; I have modified it slightly.

To serve 2 or 3:

3 1/2 - 4 cups water (use less for firmer polenta, more for softer)
1 cup cornmeal (organic, medium or course stoneground works very well)
1 TLBSP olive oil
1 scant tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil 8 x 8 baking dish. Put all ingredients into the baking dish and stir well (the cornmeal will settle almost immediately, but it's okay). Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let it rest for minimum 10 minutes. It has to set up or will be a bit soft.

I find it works best if I let it cool completely, then cut into squares which can be fried or heated in the oven. I love this recipe; no endless stirring. It tastes great and has a lovely texture.

Dinner is shaping up. Polenta and roasted green peppers; so far, so good.

Some tomatoes, a little sausage and I'm almost there.

Parmesan cheese, too.

This is sounding good!
The annual Beaujolais nouveau release was last week. A perfect partner for these dinner ingredients, and this year is supposed to be especially good. Hope it's not sold out. Another gamay, perhaps?


Rose Belle said...

Fridays are usually my relax and take it easy day. We either order out, go out to eat, or eat leftovers. Like you, sometimes I formulate what to cook and sometimes I rely on recipes from friends, family, or food blogs.

ChrisJ said...

Yes, Rose Belle, you're right - Friday is the relaxing day. Friday night is my most favourite.

Anonymous said...

Very nice post...

ChrisJ said...

Thank you A.J., it was fun to do (and fun to eat later!).

Primary Work at Home said...

Friday is also special day because it's time to relax. I will also try your recipe.

Thanks for sharing.

ChrisJ said...

Primary Work at Home - hello and thank you for your comment.

I hope the recipe works well for you; it's so easy and delicious.