FOOD MATTERS

Fork Spoon Knife is the personal blog of Asha where she chronicles her journeys in food through stories, recipes and photographs. She can also be found doodling and sharing her experiences as below.

 
                        

Photos, a few words and a Giveaway

I am not going to say much in this post. Just a bit! :)

  • I want to share some easy recipes for everyday food perfect when you are cooking for small numbers, like ONE, but that can be easily scaled up for many more!
  • As you know, I recently started the Farm to Table Series, inspired by my CSA baskets. You can access my recipes with seasonal, organic produce from the tab below the header or by clicking the nice produce basket in my sidebar...
  • Also, I started a new photo initiative, a variation of Project 365 but just food! :) Check out my Project Food 365 photos.
  • Plus, I have a wonderful giveaway later in the post.. :)


Roasted Beet and Strawberry Salad

Herb Roasted Beet and Strawberry Salad

4 - 5 baby beets, quartered
3 - 4 strawberries, quartered
2 T goat cheese crumbled
2 tsp honey
1 tsp canola oil
1 tsp mixed fresh herbs chopped (I used oregano and thyme)
balsamic vinegar + 1/2 tsp of the same herbs for dressing
salt and pepper as needed

Toss the beets in honey, oil and the herbs. Roast the beets at 350 F for 20 minutes until soft but still crunchy. I like the texture this way especially as a contrast against the soft sweet berries.

Gently toss together the beets with the strawberries. Season to taste. Sprinkle goat cheese and drizzle the balsamic vinegar and rest of the herbs. Serve immediately.



Egg Salad in Bread Cups

Egg Salad in Bread Cups

2 slices plain white bread, edges cut
1 egg, boiled
1-1/2 T mayo
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
salt and pepper as needed
olive oil for brushing
scallions for garnish

Flatten the bread with a heavy rolling pin, the doughier the better. Brush both sides of the flattened bread with olive oil and fit them into muffin cups. Bake at 400 F for about 8-10 minutes until browned.

Meanwhile, chop up the egg. Whisk together the mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper and paprika. Fold the egg gently in this mixture. Use more mayo if it isn't creamy enough.

When the bread cups are ready, fill each cup with the egg mixture and garnish with scallions. Serve with a small salad of greens.



Eggplant Goat Cheese Rollups

Eggplant Goat Cheese Rollups

1 Holland eggplant (the small aubergine)
2 oz goat cheese, plain
1 tsp milk
1 tsp mixed fresh herbs (thyme, oregano)
1/2 shallot, finely diced
1 small clove of garlic, minced
2 T tomato paste
1/2 tsp chopped rosemary
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
salt, pepper, water, oil as needed

Slice the eggplant lengthwise at about 1/2 inch thickness. Reserve 4 good pieces for the roll ups and dice the rest into 1/2 inch cubes. Salt and pepper both sides of the eggplant and then pan saute or grill them till just soft enough to roll.

Meanwhile, whip the goat cheese with the milk and herbs to make a creamy spread. When the egg plant is ready, spread the cheese mixture generously and roll them up. Place them seam side down in a baking dish and set aside. You can even refrigerate at this point.

In a saute pan, fry the shallots and garlic until the garlic releases its aroma. Add salt, pepper, paprika and toss. Add in the eggplant and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the tomato puree and 1/4 cup of water and cook until the eggplant is soft and mushy. Mash down the egg plant to create a thick sauce.

Ladle the sauce over the rollups and bake at 350 F for 15 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over and serve immediately.


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To enter the giveaway -

  • Please leave a comment on this post with your email address anytime before August 8, 2010.
  • For another chance to win, retweet this message mentioning @ashafsk (my twitter handle) and leave a comment with your twitter handle.
  • For yet another chance, you can follow my blog (link on sidebar) and leave me a note in the comments.

Note: This giveaway is limited to US residents, 18 and over, only.

I will pick a winner using random number generator and announce in 2nd week of August. Item will be shipped to the winner on or before the end of the month. Also, as a thank you for running the giveaway, BPO is giving me the same brochure package as Blogger Appreciation Prize.

25 comments:

  1. The strawberry and beet combo is so interesting. I can tell it would be full on in terms of flavour! And such a breathtaking first picture!

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  2. The eggplant roll-ups are looking great.I make this with grilled eggplants for get-together.
    Nice to know that you have joined the Photo Project 365. I have been seeing this everywhere..Sig(Live to Eat) and a few others have been insisting that I join this as well. But hesitating due to the amount of work that it involves. Lets see.

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  3. I do a lot of cooking for 1 or 2, so these are a great inspiration. I think the hardest part about cooking for small numbers is buying for small numbers. That is a pain for those of us who eat a lot of produce.

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  4. I find it hard to cook for 1 or 2 and use fresh ingredients. Vegetables don't always come in the right size! Also, if I'm using the oven, the energy expenditure is more or less the same, no matter how much I make. Therefore I've taken to making meals in larger quantities, and freezing some of it. When the dish can't be frozen I just make enough for 2 meals and we eat the leftovers a couple of days later.

    I'd enter the giveaway, but I'm not in the US (why are giveaways always for US residents? I have a US address I could use, if shipping is an issue)

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  5. I also do a lot of eating for one lately (my bf is long distance now) so I can really appreciate these recipes! Plus I just adore beets, and combining them with strawberries sounds like an incredible flavor that I would have never imagined! :)

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  6. What a wonderful selection of dishes . they all look so tasty nad delicious .Awesome clicks too.

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  7. I love all three recipes and can't say which one is my favourite. They all look very tempting and delicious! I must definitely give a try to the eggplant goat cheese rollups recipe as I love new recipes from eggplant. Thank you for sharing. Gorgeous shots in your project 365!

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  8. The strawberry and beets looks so pretty.

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  9. They all look great. I especially like the roasted beet and strawberry salad.

    ljvizcarra(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I like that life is looking up and you are having FUN Asha. Love the new look too...NEAT!!

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  11. This is a really elegant combination of food. I'm especially a huge fan of fresh beets and am definitely looking forward to this menu!

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  12. I love the colors in the Roasted Beet and Strawberry Salad. Really stunning.

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  13. I've never combined beets with strawberries, but I've enjoyed each with balsamic vinegar, so I'm sure I would love this recipe.

    What I do think it absolutely wonderful is the aubergine roll up. It looks like a wonderful hearty summer dish. It almost looks like lasagna.

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  14. What a riot on the plate! It's magnificent. Inspired!

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  15. I like the egg salad in bread cups!!

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  16. Loving your pictures. The eggplant wrap looks like a delicious gourmet apptizer!

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  17. the pictures are fabulous! How sweet those beets must be after roasting them with honey--YUM!
    I also love the egg salad cups!

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  18. First of all the food looks fantastic! I love goat cheese and I love beets...I wouldn't know which recipe to try first :)

    The giveaway is great too. I love the idea of being able to advertise my blog!

    nutmegnanny@hotmail.com

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  19. mmm, those recipes look amazing - such rich flavors, plus i love goat cheese in almost anything! great giveaway! :)

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  20. Enjoying your blog - like the interesting combinations that you create.

    Would love to win these for my etsy shop! Thanks

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  21. Already follow your blog in GFC. signed up for network blogs.

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  22. I love that beet and strawberry salad! Such an interesting combination of flavors and perfect for summer!

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  23. wow! it looks delish!

    ocamcaro at gmail dot com

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  24. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    My mom brought home some of the bread cups before and never did figure out how it was made!

    I had to try it for myself.

    http://allineedismycamera.blogspot.com/2010/09/chicken-salad-in-bread-cup.html

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