Thursday, 3 February 2011

Dreich* And Some Weeknight Roasting

If I needed any reminder that it is still winter in Scotland, today's weather would do it. Snow this morning, followed by hurricane-force winds and driving rain throughout the day and evening. A day for warm boots, long wool coats, and a hat to keep off the rain. "What about an umbrella?" You may ask-Well, they are utterly useless in this country. Why do you think there are so many sheep in Scotland? THEY NEED MORE WOOL!

Although, at least wool is fashionable...

So, back to the topic at hand. Needless to say, I arrived home drookit, lie a hielan shep straight oot the burn!**

The only alternative? A tasty dinner. Cooking helps me relax, and take control after a day of fighting tooth and nail to not get blown straight to Shetland! I spent a good 30 minutes in my Investment Committee meeting today figuring out what I was going to make for dinner...It started like this:

Roasted Eggplant and tomatoes, spruced up with just a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.

This was the first time I roasted tomatoes, and I have to say, they were AMAZING! They take on a sweetness and depth that fresh tomatoes never have. These do their thing alongside the eggplant, which roasts down into a silky, flavourful bite that anyone who claims to not like eggplant would have to be crazy to resist! Let the eggplant and tomatoes get a bit charred and you have the makings of a stunning antipasto. OR...

You can add the roasted vegetables to some sauteed onions, garlic and artichoke hearts, toss with whole wheat pasta, and mix in some fresh, peppery arugula and creamy British Stilton cheese. 100% awesome. 100% warming and satisfying.

What was the deal with the weather again? Oh...right...who cares?!?!

Á Bientôt,


Scots Vocab lesson:
*Miserable, cold and wet (weather)
**Dripping wet like a Highland sheep straight out of the stream

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