One Local Summer #5 – A Meal of Sides
Sometimes (actually, pretty much daily) I find myself standing in the middle of the kitchen at 5:30 drawing a complete blank as to what we’re going to eat for dinner. This past Tuesday was no exception – I had a bowl full of gorgeous green beans fresh from the garden, the fixin’s for our favorite salad (that’s a post in itself, one I’ve been meaning to get to for a year now), but there was no real “main course” to be had.
In a fit of desperation, I tossed some potatoes in the microwave (something we didn’t have at our own house, but I have to admit it does come in handy occasionally), and my daughter threw the salad together while I dealt with the green beans. The end result was a bit of a hodge podge, but very satisfying. The green beans were stir fried over high heat with a bit of sesame oil, some hot sauce, salt, and a ton of garlic (loosely following one of my favorite Mollie Katzen recipes for Szechuan Green Beans). They’re not pretty to look at, but we were fighting over them by the end, the crispy bits of charred garlic are scrumptious. Who says you need meat with your potatoes?Everything but the oil and seasonings were local or from the garden.