Saturday, September 19, 2009

kitchen express

In the last few weeks since I checked out Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express from the library, we've probably tried at least six recipes from it. It's a different kind of cookbook, in that it contains a ton of ideas--over 400--for making quick meals, arranged by season. I say 'ideas' because the recipes don't include a list of ingredients, and many don't even give exact quantities. It's more like a blurb on how to prepare each of the dishes. Some people might not like this organization, but I thought it was a great way to get some inspiration for some quick, inventive meals. I would love to add this book to my kitchen library!

My favorite recipes from it have been Mediterranean Poached Eggs (eggs on toast with a tomato, mushroom, olive and capers mixture) and Curry in a Hurry (a yogurt+curry powder base). Tonight we tried these Flatbread Pizzas with Figs and Goat Cheese--yum! It called for fresh fig slices, but I'm embarrassed to admit I have no idea what a fresh fig looks or tastes like, so I went with my familiar dried ones. I also added arugula, but the balsamic vinegar (in the directions) is what made it. Why haven't I been drizzling it on everything all along?

This is one of those cases when I serve what E considers a snack or a side dish as our meal, and I think he's right this time. This would make a great appetizer, but I needed 2 pizzas to make a dent in my hunger!


  1. Once again, another great book recommendation - thank you! I love watching Mark Bittman on TV so I'm not surprised the food you made sounds (and looks!) so delicious. (And is Trader Joe's in FL? They usually have fresh figs if you really want to find them.)

  2. Looks yummy...they have fresh figs at Costco here. They are great...they taste kind of like sweet cucumbers.

  3. Have you tried anything from Mark Bittman's vegetarian cookbook? Occasionallly I'm tempted to pick it up, but I hesitate because I already have his "How to Cook Everything," which is okay, but not my favorite. Just curious to see how it rates.


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