Making Do

Posted: July 13th, 2009 | Author: adi | Filed under: Uncategorized | 4 Comments »
Fried to perfection

Fried to perfection

At the boy’s house, cooking is an adventure. It’s like camping–you have a finite supply of tools and raw materials and you just make do or STARVE. Or, you know, order in, but where’s the fun in THAT? The good part of cooking here, however, is that a) he’s a vegetarian, too and b) his landlords have a rather extensive garden. Today the housekeeper caught me coming in from reading under a tree and offered me zucchini. YES PLEASE. If it’s fresh, I’ll pretty much take it. I’ve never been a huge fan of zucchini, but after tonight I may have to change my mind. A wander through his cookbooks led me to a recipe for eggplant patties and I figured, they’re related, right? Thus, dinner was born.

The recipe is basically two eggs, about two cups of bread crumbs (a cup and a half in the mixture and half a cup to coat), one small diced onion, a teaspoon of baking powder, and some seasoning. You boil the zucchini, mash it up in the other ingredients, form patties, roll them in crumbs, and fry it in some oil. They suggest a quarter cup but I cut that down after the first batch. I also used basil-infused olive oil to fry them where they suggested canola or somesuch nonsense. I mostly did this because I am easily swayed by anything which contains basil. Mmmmm….

To pair up with my hot and crispy noms, I boiled some pasta and Matt made a salad.

After dinner I fried up the rest of the batter to make sammiches with tomorrow (seriously, I love leftovers) and then I got the hankering to bake. Yeah, at an apartment without and oven. I don’t know how he does it. I have a gift card to Kohl’s so I even checked to see how much toaster ovens were. In the end inspiration struck in the form of a bunch of bananas–BANANAS FOSTER REQUIRES NO OVEN! So after much cajoling and badgering, he took me to the store and I picked up some vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, and a whisk. YEAH. I had to buy a WHISK. It’s like living in the dark ages, I swear. Except I bet -they- had whisks.

Back at his I set to work on the bananas–some butter and brown sugar in a pan, a banana sliced lengthwise, let it cook, VOILA–and then sought a bowl for my fresh whipped cream. Instead, I ended up with this:

making do

The horror!

Yeah. TUPPERWARE. Not even just Tupperware–RECTANGULAR tupperware.

I also forgot to take a photo of the Matt’s dish, which I made pretty, until after he’d eaten half of it, so use your imaginations, here:

Bananas Adi

Bananas Adi

Of course, now I’m STUFFED, but also raring to make dinner tomorrow, too. Hopefully I’m up to the challenge.

4 Comments on “Making Do”

  1. 1 leah said at 9:45 am on July 14th, 2009:

    VERY resourceful and delish. what would these men do without us. STARVE…or eat a lot of take-out.

  2. 2 Johanna said at 1:09 pm on July 14th, 2009:

    The zucchini patties sound delish! I wouldn’t have thought to turn them into basically falafel-esque creations. Just as a tip, usually olive oil is not so good for frying because it breaks down really quickly which is probably why they suggested canola. But as long as the oil didn’t start to smell bad, you’re probably not going to die. ;)

    If only I liked bananas, I would be drooling over these Bananas. Seriously. Yummy idea.

  3. 3 Alyssa said at 12:03 pm on July 16th, 2009:

    Ha Ha…I’m sorry, I’m still busy laughing trying to picture you making whipped cream in rectangular tupperware :) Looks delish though!

  4. 4 The Veggie Vixen » Blog Archive » Sweet Success said at 3:26 pm on August 3rd, 2009:

    [...] extra oomph, make your own whipped cream. It’s not hard, at ALL (unless you’re using square tupperware), and it tastes a million times better than from the store. All you do is whisk heavy cream and add [...]

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