something simple

Dinner:  May 6, 2008

Yesterday was so beautiful all I could think about was sitting outside, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine and marveling at how seemingly everything around us is in bloom. We had thawed a large Cornish game hen that made the trip from Brooklyn with us, and we had planned to roast it, but the weather all but demanded that we grill instead.

Mike rubbed the bird with a mixture of salt, pepper, lemon zest and olive oil and grilled it over hardwood. My contribution to the meal was a combination of barley, beluga lentils, asparagus and pea tendrils, dressed with a little good olive oil and a copious amount of fresh lemon juice – tasty, but it got a tiny bit overcooked, and I think I would have preferred the texture if I had cooked the components separately. The hen, however, was juicy and succulent, with crisp skin and a lovely light smokiness that whispered “summer’s coming.”

4 thoughts on “something simple

  1. man have i ever missed your food.
    that right there just looks like the perfect plate

    i’ve got ramps, but no pea tendrils…
    and i actually mail ordered the ramps off of ebay
    i should look a bit harder around town
    i know they exist

    stop laughing at me
    i’m a desperate woman

  2. How far in advance do you plan your menus and shopping? I’d like to cook dinners like this more often–really I do. But by the end of the day it’s just so much easier to pick up a prepared salad and a package of prebreaded and cooked chicken breasts…

  3. Jennifer Hess says:

    Thanks, Claudia :) Trust me, I can understand your desperation – NYC spoiled me, and it has been a bit of an adjustment to not have immediate access to all of the goodies in Union Square!

    Oatmeal Cookie Guy – Hi and welcome! I generally spend a bit of time on the weekend sketching out our meals for the coming week. I think about the proteins we have on hand, factor in whatever we buy fresh at the farmers’ markets or elsewhere, and then write down an outline for the week. Nothing is set in stone, but I like having a general idea of what our meals are going to look like, and I also like to leave some flexibility in there, so if, for instance, something that I had taken out to thaw from the freezer isn’t quite ready for the night I had planned, I can swap in a meal from later in the week in its place. I’m not sure if that makes any sense – but it has worked for us. :)

    Marie – Thanks! It’s coming, I know it is… now I just wish it would stop RAINING!

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