18 November 2010

"avec les restes"

~ Menu ~

Penne Pasta “avec les Restes”
Crunchy crumbs
A few leaves – simply dressed
Small Glass Rioja

Les restes is, of course, posh French talk for leftovers, pertinent to this blog in general and aptly describes my delicious lunch today. Last night we ate an excellent beef pot roast provided by our friend Carol. She runs a comfortable, warm and friendly bed and breakfast, Number 8, in Padstow but we are staying with her for free ‘cos she loves us. I hate to throw away even the tiniest scrap of food so I kept the few tablespoons of gravy and tiny pieces of meat that were left. I had no particular plans …

Today I cooked a little pasta and tossed it in the marvelous winey, meaty juices together with scraps of meat and bits of carrot, onion, & parsnip. For crunch I sautéed some soft fresh breadcrumbs in olive oil and ate the lot with a simple leafy salad drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Not bad at all, matey, although it looks kinda blurred in the picture. Perhaps it wasn't such a small glass of Rioja after all, I can't remember

The weather is still pretty good, in spite of the terrible floods yesterday around the St. Austell area. Yesterday we went to Padstow for a wander in the sunshine (again) and had lunch at Rick Stein’s Café. Carol had a large bowl of lovely tender, plump River Fal mussels with tomato and chilli (and was, I have to say, a bit wimpy about the chili) and I ate a perfect salad of prosciutto, goat cheese and figs. il. We shared some skinny chips and what with the good bread and olive oil we were given we were quite full so didn’t stay for dessert. Instead we had a cappuccino on the harbour side, sitting in the sun.

There is a poem by Thomas Hood, called “November”

No sun – no moon!

No morn – no noon

No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day.

No warmth, no cheefulness, no healthful ease,

No comfortable fee in any member –

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –


Only the last line is true, and perhaps the bit about butterflies! I saw a bumble bee droning happily amongst some flowers today

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Jenny Eatwell said...

I applaud your dedication to using every last little bit of food that comes your way. This is the way in which we, as a family, operate. For us it is largely down to economics, however I don't think that that matters, as I'd be as frugal even if I were eating Lobster - probably more so! LOL

Suzy said...

I can't stand waste but, also, I really enjoy inventing dishes out of scraps.