Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My herbs, my gadgets, my fast food dinner

Spring is being very good to our garden. I have to give kudos to my husband, who really does have a green thumb. I've got parsley, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, thyme and..

I planted "Chervil" this spring. Why? I have no idea. I can't say I've ever used it, but it's something I thought I'd add to my kitchen herbs. It's thriving and I have a LOT of it! I did a little research on how to use it, so I have plans-- eggs, compound butter and fish. If anyone uses this herb, I'd be so thankful for suggestions. Please!

It's been a rough week, at work. That's when I make fast food. Nope, not processed food...not fast food from the drive-thru. I reach for pork tenderloin, whatever veggies I have and some kind of potatoes.

"The Scoop Away" bucket has tomatoes growing in them. My husband likes to make use of all containers.

My chives are growing like gangbusters! Love it! The large bunch is my perennial that comes back year after year. The smaller ones are garlic chives. Who knew? We shall see how well these do, because we just planted them. Baked potatoes with some butter (not a lot), low-fat sour cream and fresh chives sounded great.

The pork tenderloin was seasoned with Montreal Steak Seasoning (super fast) and seared and roasted in the oven.

Ah, a new gadget-- A "wavy Knife" $2.95 and it's fun. It cuts veggies into "waves". I'd easily amused, you know. I like how "fancy" this makes the veggies look. I had zucchini that I seasoned with a little salt & pepper, and herbs de provence. I was going to cook them on the stove, but I decided to roast them with my pork tenderloin.

Another favorite kitchen gadget-- My thermapen. Cook's Illustrated raves about this, so I thought long and hard about buying one. At first, I winced at the price-- I think I paid $90.00 for this thermometer. I don't regret it. It's super fast, super accurate and it's saved me from overcooking my meats.

Humbly said, I'm pretty fast with making delicious pan sauces. I like to deglaze the pan with white wine, add a little chicken stock and then whatever hits my fancy. Tonight, I used leftover orange marmalade and reduced that while the pork rested. Off heat, a pat of unsalted butter is whisked in...and dinner's ready.

So, there you have it-- a Wednesday night meal in about 40 minutes, from start to finish...all in a day's work.

I'm so looking forward to this weekend. I've got lots of recipes I've made but need to post, and so many other recipes I'm anxious to read from my favorite food bloggers. Hurry up, weekend!

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Coleen's Recipes said...

What a FUN post!! I am so terribly envious of your herbs!! It will be another two weeks (at the least) before we are frost free. Your "quick" dinner looks delicious. I like kitchen gadgets too! I need to get a thermapen.

Donna-FFW said...

Your herbs look great. I will have to plant my herbs in pots this tear because of the move. The tenderloin and sauce looks fantastic. Ill take a quick dinner from you anyday of the week!

Stacey Snacks said...

You are the GADGET QUEEN!
Your herbs look so nice. My chives and cilantro are so stunted because of the all the rain and 50 degree weather we are having in NJ.
I am going to find that wavy cutter thingy!

Frieda said...

Your herbs are amazing! That is next on my 'wish' list, to grow some fresh herbs...
I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets, especially when they're 'blogger approved'! Like Stacy said, I am going to find that wavy cutter thingy!

Claudia said...

You make my kind of "fast foods". My herbs don't look so good right now, due to all the rain we've had. But, hey, it's dried up a bit and the sun came out today! I have something like your thermapen, but made by BonJour. Don't use it enough.

mamakd said... food! Your herbs are growing wonderfully! I hope my crop this year produces as much. I just planted them...hopefully we are really done with the snow here in Utah.

Simple Simon said...

Love the wavey veggies. I'm going to have to look for one of those gadgets. My chives too, have come up fast and furious this spring. I love snipping them with scissors into scrambled eggs.

Pam said...

Wish I could come over for dinner - this looks excellent! Love your little herb boxes.

Monica H said...

That plated dish looks great! Have a happy Mother's Day!

unconfidential cook said...

Love that wavy knife!

Maris said...

Yum! I want a "wavy knife."