Just plain good

Last night, we had a small girls’ night in, just Cait, our friend Sonu, and I. I’m house/cat-sitting for the week, and well, the thing is, it’s always fun to mess around in other people’s kitchens, especially one as nice as this one! Seeing how other people organize the kitchen clutter, getting ideas that you wouldn’t have tried before, trying out their knives and pots, seeing what’s in their spice cabinets…I do this all with unabashed glee!

The three of us put together a delicious meal without too much fuss or mess. Sonu presented us with one of her basic dishes, a cucumber raita, and also schooled us in how to say “raita” properly. 🙂 I made a soup out of greens and sweet potatoes (we felt so healthy just eating it!). But the best dish by far, I think, was Cait’s salad, a delicious mix of salad greens, peaches, goat cheese, pistachios and beets – yum!! It was a mix of sweet and savory flavors. Hopefully, she’ll share her recipe with us!

The soup I made was inspired by my CSA. When cleaning my goods Wednesday night, I sorted my veggies according to purpose. I have a bag of just salad greens (baby lettuce, arugula, turnip greens) and then I also put together a container of greens that could either be used in a stir fry or a soup. Because yesterday was cold and wet and altogether nasty (how unfortunate for the first of June!), I opted for soup. Now, this recipe that I followed wasn’t “delicious” – I reserve that word for things that are cooked in fatty oils and smothered in rich ingredients and are altogether not good for you. But it was good. Just plain and simple like that. And I felt good after eating it. It was satisfying, healthy and filling. This — this is the kind of thing I want to eat more of, as I attempt to take better care of my body.

Oh, and you want to know what’s awesome about our meal last night? It was both vegetarian and gluten-free!

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