My husband had two imaginary friends when he was little: Porkchop and Meatball. I decided to give them an honorary banquet yesterday. Or rather, eat them at an honorary banquet yesterday.* Inspiration is a treacherous thing. And yet, it all looks so normal, donnit? The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.
Moroccan carrot purée and pita
Harissa spiced meatballs with lemon sauce
Green herbed couscous (kale, dill, parsley, scallions)
Pan-seared brined porkchops over white Russian kale with Noris butter and garlic
Retrogrouch’s salad with lemon mustard dressing
Store-bought cookies, Dagoba chocolate, and Coconut Bliss vegan ice cream
(Not pictured: Meatball.)
We had over a colleague from his work, and the evening was full of wine. I’m now feeling too full and lazy to post recipes, so I won’t.
And I’m so full of CSA love right now…I had never prepared Russian kale before, just regular, and it’s much more tender and pretty, with ruffly, small leaves. I used CSA dill in my couscous, their carrots in my purée and in the meatballs, their garlic and their kale, and their lettuce for the salad. Yay for local vegetables! Yay for nutritiony goodness!
The Russian kale was fantastic. I seared the pork chops, then sauteed the kale in the same pan, so it picked up the drippings. If you’re not going to simmer greens in pot likker with ham hocks, this is a method I would absolutely suggest.
*Hey, my imaginary friends were cats. It could be worse.