Monday, July 2, 2012

I made something weird!

Hello readers!
So it's hot out. It's so hot that it seems ridiculous to call it hot. It's... Heht. So it's not really cooking weather I get it. It's "if I have to cook I don't want to heat up the kitchen, so let's fire up the grill" heht. Which is why it was so strange that tonight, in the heat, I felt like throwing something together that would require the stove top. And, like I said in the title of this post, I made something weird. I'm going to call it potato leek pasta, and you can just suspend your disbelief while I take you through it, because it came out pretty good!

I had a handful of red bliss taters in the cupboard, and I picked up 4 small leeks from the grocery store last night. So I parboiled the potatos for about 5 minutes while i sliced the leeks in half in order to wash out the grit and slice up about 5 cloves of garlic.
I melted a tablespoon of butter in a saucepan, and threw in the garlic, roughly chopped leeks, and a half a cube of chicken bouillon, as well as about a half a cup of water. I would have used white wine, but I didn't have a bottle open. Shameful, I know. I ground some fresh black pepper, and added about a teaspoon of hot paprika. I let the potatos cool a bit, cut them into medium-width slices, and then halved the slices. I put those into the saucepan as well, and brought the potato water back up to a boil and threw in about a half a box of elbows. Why elbows? I don't know, I have a few boxes of elbows (I blame Costco) and poor elbows are never my first pasta choice, so I figured I would use them this time.
The elbows boiled for about 7 minutes while I turned the flame down on the leek-potato mixture, then when the macaroni was cooked, I transferred the pasta right into the sauce pan without being too careful about draining it- I wanted to let the pasta water kind of sauce-up the potato leek mixture and make it a little saucier.
So yes, I executed a potato-pasta combo meal in the middle of a Heht-wave. And you know what? It was pretty good!

What have you made that wasn't weather appropriate? Lasagna in a drought? Gazpacho in a blizzard? 

1 comment:

  1. Okay this is really quite hilarious and ironic, because I just finished writing about the dinner I made tonight, and now I totally have to post it due to the contrast.