Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pasta with Fried Sage and "what's-in-my-refrigerator

I had a busy Saturday, so all of my plans for baking flew right out the window. I did manage to pay my first visit to my favorite place to by locally grow and fresh, organic produce-- "The Farm" (that I blogged about in March). I regretted that I didn't bring my camera, but I'll be sure to do that next week. I bought some beautiful strawberries, that were so sweet and freshly picked. While browsing around at all the beautiful produce, Sarah (who has managed the business for several years) asked if I saw the fresh garbanzo beans. I winced. Remember, I don't like garbanzo beans! However, I had never seen fresh garbanzo beans.

So, I popped one in my mouth, and the flavor didn't scare me away. Fine. I'll try them!

Time ran away, so I decided to make pasta. I had some heirloom grape tomatoes, fresh mozarella, pancetta and a LOT of sage. I decided to fry some sage in some leftover butter:

Once the Sage Leaves were crisp, I used the leftover butter and LOTS of garlic and added the tomatoes and garbanzo beans, and then roasted these in the oven for a little under 10 minutes.

I found a bag of farfalle pasta that I cooked until al dente. At the last moment, I decided to add the diced pancetta to this and to cook some chicken in a separate skillet (seasoned with only salt & pepper and a little balsamic vinegar), because I hadn't eat much all day and I really wanted some protein.

This dish turned out to be really delicious-- especially when I added fresh mozarella and let it turn nice and gooey. The boys had second helpings (and so did I).

As for the garbanzo beans... I think, next time, I'd par-cook them or steam them. These were a little crunchy, but I liked this far better than the texture of canned ones. Yes, there will be a next time. Maybe I can learn to like these after all!

I am also thrilled to have spotted my first two tomatoes-- from our 20 container plants!

Our "Early Girls" are living up to their promise of producing fruit in record time.
I also spotted my first bell peppers, Eureka lemons (almost ready) and potential Meyer lemons (which seem a little late, but we shall see...)

Spring has certainly blessed our home garden, with promises of so many fresh vegetables and fruits. I can hardly wait!

Hopefully, tomorrow, I can make a strawberry cream tart. I have a few more recipes to upload, if I could just slow my life down a bit. Honestly, I wish I had the time to blog every day. I will, once my summer vacation rolls around on July 1st. That's when I plan to get busy with canning tomatoes and making jams. Whoo-hoo!

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Donna-FFW said...

Your pasts dish looks fantastic. Its wonderful when spur of the moment dishes turn out so well. Cant wait to see how you can/jar tomatoes!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm getting excited about your garden, can't wait to see all the goodies you get, and everything you'll be making from it! Please don't give up on garbonzo's they're sooo good!

Monica H said...

Your pasta and your photos are lovely, as usual.

Can't wait to see pics next week of The Farm!

Strawberry tart- yum! I'm making a strawberry cake tomorrow for our neighbors. I may make one myself because it looks so good :-)

Elyse said...

Sounds like your garden is doing really well!! This dinner sounds fabulous by the way. I love the idea of fried sage, and that melting mozzarella with the pancetta is just divine. What an inspired dinner!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

That's a very nice dish for "just out of the refrigerator" ingredients! Thanks for the garbanzo photos - I've never seen them fresh, either!

Culinary Wannabe said...

The pasta looks so delicious! And fried sage is something I will have to try (everything is better fried, right?!). I can't wait till you start making jam! It's one of those things I've always wanted to do myself, but am really intimidated by the whole jar situation. Only one more month till summer - you must be so excited!

♥Rosie♥ said...

What beautiful photos and your pasta looks amazing! Your garden produce seems to be coming along great.

foodcreate said...

Wonderful Pasta dish very versatile perfect with a glass of wine>I think i will make some tonight:)

Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe:)

And I can visit you if you can visit me:)


Kristen said...

I love how this all came together!

Stacey Snacks said...

Love the photo montages!
I love garbanzo beans (ceci).
I had early girls last year, but the squirrels ate them!
My favorite meals are clean out the fridge meals.