Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Keeping It Simple 
Canned alubias...white beans...from Spain make a quick, easy and satisfying  dinner when I don’t have the energy or desire to actually cook something.
Monday, March 30

I was tired today from a long weekend.  On Friday, I had some colleagues over for Chinese food and a lot of wine.  It went late into the night.  On Saturday, I recovered and watched movies at home, eating leftovers.  Yesterday, I was invited for a traditional Sunday meal at my Welsh friend’s house, which meant lamb with mint sauce and roasted potatoes, among other things.  And a lot of wine.  The weather is perfect right now for some rose and white options in the sunny afternoon, before moving on to reds with dinner and sunset.  And of course, there was the after dinner bottle to go with the Amazing Race.  They were in Phuket this week, and I wanted to email all the contestants and tell them not to leave without trying the incredible local oysters at Kan Eang, but they probably have other things on their minds, like the $1 million.

This morning I hauled myself out of bed and went to work.  At lunchtime, I picked up a baguette, thinking a banh mi with the leftover sesame pork from Friday would be perfect.  But Mari hadn’t gone shopping, and we didn’t have carrots or any cilantro, so I just told her to throw together whatever we had.  Turned out to be an excellent banh mi variation....with butter lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and scallions on the crunchy baguette spread with 1 tablespoon of mayo and a squirt of Sri Racha.  And of course the pork.

In addition to the bread, I picked up a bottle of Fuzion, an Argentine tempranillo/malbec blend at La Naval on Insurgentes Sur, where I also bought a can of alubias, white beans from Spain.  When I got home from work, I opened and drained the beans, sliced some onions, chopped some fresh rosemary and parsley, and threw them all together with 2 tablespoons of olive oil with lots of salt and pepper.  It took all of 5 minutes.  I let the flavors meld for about 30 minutes.  With what was left of the lunch baguette, dinner couldn’t have been better...or cheaper.  

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