Simple Fare


The month of May has not been great for planned dinners in our little household. Between work commitments, appointments, preparing for our move across town, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-us trip to Detroit for my Grandma’s 90th birthday, my attempts at shopping for and sticking to a meal plan have mostly been a big fat flop.

our path

I’ve also had difficulty improvising, of late. I’ve been tired and finicky, and cooking down the pantry and freezer pre-move has been less than inspiring – it doesn’t help that it still feels like March outside. I’m in a bit of a rut, but restless, eager for simpler, lighter fare (and the weather to match, please).


Mike had to turn around and head down to NYC right on the heels of our Detroit trip, but he returned with some goodies from the Union Square Greenmarket that perked me right up, among them a beautiful bunch of asparagus that made its way into our dinner last night. We’ve missed the first couple weeks of the local stuff, so this was very welcome, and I wanted to treat it fairly simply.

Dinner: May 11, 2011

I gave it a good rinse, snapped off the ends, and roasted the spears until they were just tender, serving them on a bed of creamy, cheesy polenta. I topped each plate off with a pastured local egg, fried in olive oil until the edges were crisp, and sprinkled with coarse grey salt and lots of freshly ground pepper. This may not have been the light spring dish I’ve been dreaming of, but it was perfect for the damp, chilly night, and it was just the kind of simple meal that always satisfies me.

7 thoughts on “Simple Fare

  1. laura grace says:

    That is what I want for dinner. Instead I had two handfuls of almonds and the rest of the cheese from my friend Kate’s half-price-Thursday cheese plate.

    What you had would have been better.

  2. Simple meals are often the yummiest. Here in Minnesota, we’re in transition. I guess you’d call it spring…too warm to braise, too cool and wet to grill. Plus, with two active school-age boys, I have crazy schedules to accommodate. The night that we also ate creamy polenta, topped with a fried egg and roasted asparagus, was divine. Warm, comforting, real food.

  3. Christine says:

    Eggs and asparagus is always a winner…throw in polenta and I swoon.

    Congrats on the new place, it looks absolutely lovely!

  4. Very nice! I haven’t tried asparagus on polenta with egg, but one of my favorite dishes is Asparagus Eggs Benedict. I’m going to have to give the polenta a try this evening.

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