Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pasta & CousCous

Lunch was at Market Table Bistro in Lovettsville. The cuisine is very refined here. We both started with a bowl of the Organic Fall Vegetable Soup with Basil Oil $6 A little spicy with tons of different diced vegetables including local Black Eyed Peas.
Mr. SV's Rigatoni with Fresh Tomatoes and "Greens" $16. He said he loved it.
My Pappardelle Pasta with Mushrooms and Truffle Oil $16 Tons of very meat-like mushrooms throughout.
Tonight I used my home-grown Saffron to make Alicia Silverstone's Moroccan CousCous. The recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of Saffron. I only had five little strands, which hardly = 1/2 teaspoon, so I couldn't taste it. Oh well. Maybe next year...
A bottle of Lost Vineyards Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon...

10 comments:

Rose said...

Yaay for the saffron recipe! Cous cous is a great way to use it. Looks awesome... 1/2 teaspoon sounds like a lot of saffron to me.

Those pasta dishes look the business too!

foodfeud said...

That pasta sounds expensive but looks good.. I hope it was worth it. The soup definitely looks great.

The Health Seeker's Kitchen said...

Oh....that soup looks so delicious! It was cold and rainy here today, so I am getting in the mood for soups:)

Dianne said...

I've been thinking about making that couscous recipe! It reminds me of something I got at a French restaurant called Marseilles. I think the $16 for that pasta is all for that little batch of microgreens on top :-)

blessedmama said...

You're so lucky you were able to grow saffron. It's such an expensive spice. You're getting to be such a talented cook!

Jessica said...

I've never seen saffron measured in teaspoons - only strands. I always just use a few. Even if you say you couldn't taste it, I would think it makes at least a small difference.

Isn't it crazy how those fancy restaurant meals do taste good, even when they look simple?

dirtyduck said...

Hey Shen, there was something wrong with my computer for a copuple days, it was an easy fix..i just need to turn on the pop up blocker?? or something. anyway i couldnt click on anything, to leave comments etc. im so sorry you couldnt taste the saffron!!! will the plant last the winter..like dormant/ or do you have to get a new one every year?

dirtyduck said...

whoops that comment was for two posts earlier:)

all this food looked good but it did seem pri$eyfor pasta.although, the other ingredients were not something you would find at a just any old place. was it really nice inside?

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

Hello, Ladies & Germ!!!

$16 for pasta was high considering that's how much it cost if we had it with the (tortured and slaughtered albeit locally) animal on top. I was pretty surprised when I saw the check, but I will return in hopes the restaurant comes up with other vegan entrees.

Dianne, you are correct, microgreens always jack up the price.

Michelle, I think I had that problem. You have to hold down the Control key when you left-click on a link? I don't know if the Saffron will show up next year, I was shocked it sprouted at all. I'll show the restaurant innards next time I go.

Michelle said...

That stinks that you couldn't really taste the saffron! Maybe you will have a bunch more to come up next year!