Some Finer Things of Life

A young professional resident of the Washington, DC metro area shares some of the finer things she encounters around her. The finer things in her life include a love of cooking and all things food as well as travel and adventure, be it local, regional, or further afield.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Afternoon pangs

Weekend afternoons almost always involve some type of rummaging through the refrigerator or the pantry shelves in search of nibbles. Sometimes the craving/need is rather specific - sweet or savory, hot or cold. Sometimes it simply 'is.' A well stocked pantry of staples is definately the first line of defense.

Today, when mid-afternoon rolled around, the scavenging began. I first encountered the leftover roast vegetables from last evening's dinner (roast eggplant, onions, and sweet bell peppers with garlic and herbs.) This was immediately tasked to serve as the base of my afternoon creation. I placed 2/3 cup of these roast vegetables in the food processor. To this was added 1/3 cup shelled edamame and 1/3 cup peas (these came out of the freezer and were microwaved for 4 minutes before adding to the food processor), 2 tablespoons sundried tomatoes packed in oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon homemade ketchup (this could be omited or substituted with tomato paste and red pepper paste.) This processed into a very thick tapenade that was wonderful spread over wheat thins and pita triangles.

Healthy, savory snack attack solved! (photo not included because, of course, the spread disappeared before the camera could be employed.)

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