I suppose right about now some of you might be thinking, “E, huh? Eclairs and Easter candy.” That would be too easy, and not very healthy.
So off to the store for an E-hunt.
Good thing I can count on Goodnight heading for the deli area because I knew she would run into a couple things I wanted her to ‘find’. She didn’t let me down.
I headed to produce and scored – cheap, too!
Actually, we didn’t need too much because I had some of the things that I needed at home.
In the grocery bag this week:
1 head Escarole
1 head Endive
1 bag Edamame in the shells
I small round of Edam cheese
1 box lasagna noodles (I know it doesn’t start with E – but just you wait. I had a stroke of brilliance!!!)
When we got home, I pulled out a holiday gift recipe and got our dessert in the oven first. Then Goodnight and I could focus on our main course.
I set a kettle of water to boil and then stuck two lasagna noodles in. That’s all we needed for what I had in mind. (Any guesses yet?)
I set a second pot of water to boil to cook the Edamame.
Then I chopped the Escarole and Endive. I sliced the Eggplant. I grated the Edam. I made some crumbs out of Everything Crackers we had in the pantry. I dredged and seered, while Goodnight shelled the Edamame, stirred, tasted, and then worked on her special assignment.
When the lasagna noodles were al dente and cooled, she had a little art project to accomplish. She ate more than she left behind, but I knew that would happen. (That’s why I figured we’d need two lasagna noodles.)
Ding! The timer went off for the oven and dessert was set out to cool.
Dinner by Alphabet – E
Our E-Soup started with the chopped Escarole and Endive simmered to make a nice stock. Goodnight dropped in the shelled Edamame and then slowly stirred in some beaten Eggs. We had those on hand at home. It ended up being a sort of Egg-drop soup with the chopped veggies. We topped it off with Goodnight’s art project. I had her make letter E‘s out of the lasagna noodles. She did a great job! She absolutely loved the soup. “You have got to make this again, Gram!”
This was a variation on Eggplant Parmigiano. Having made the coating from Everything Crackers, I didn’t need to add any extra herbs or seasoning. The crackers have onion, garlic sesame seeds, caraway, and poppy seeds. Goodnight looked tentative, but chowed two slices.
Earl Grey Tea
Excellent! Edible! Easy!
Everything has its price. I worked on cleaning up the kitchen until 10:00 last night.