I'm enjoying a relaxing weekend at home. As usual, the meals have been nothing short of delicious. Thursday night, Mom prepared a great vegan dinner featuring Lemon Pappardelle Pasta with Kale Pesto and Roasted Artichokes. The pasta roughly followed Daily Garnish's version, with a few additions to enhance the lemon flavor of the pesto sauce. The flavors in the pasta combined perfectly and really popped in my mouth. I could eat meal after meal just like this one!
Friday morning started with a solid swim with 200m intervals followed by a short run. That afternoon we watched Contagion. I was initially really skeptical of the pandemic story line the potential that it would be a sci-fi gone wrong film, but I've heard again and again that it was a great movie with excellent film-making. The verdict - I'd give it a grade of a B. The story started out a little on the slow side, but it definitely caught my attention as it progressed and even had some suspenseful sections. I may have been a little disappointed had I spent $10+ to view it in the theaters, but it was a perfect Redbox/Blockbuster Express rental.
We were quite the indifferent bunch when dinner time arrived. Dining out sounded like a good plan, but Woodstock just doesn't have the quality restaurants that we were craving (Candle 79, I wish you were closer!). Since it was 6:30pm, we were hungry, and we didn't have reservations anywhere, I volunteered to whip up a meal with some refrigerator and freezer ingredients.
After about 30 minutes, the end result was a Asian Chicken Chopped Salad. The base was a mix of spinach and butter lettuce, carrots, golden beets, and cucumber tossed with a citrus soy vinaigrette. Seared shrimp with a sesame soy reduction and homemade spinach croutons put the finishing touches on the meal.
Do you every venture away from recipes and simply get creative with a random mix of refrigerator ingredients? What unique dishes have you concocted?