Poor execution of a great recipe.  Boooooo!

I almost didn’t even post this because of how many mistakes I made in the preparation of this recipe.  Because it’s a test recipe for Robin, I am going to hold off on any recipe comments until I make it again — the right way.


Pass / Fail:

Pass – Every Robin Robertson recipe I’ve tested, including – and especially – this one!

Fail – Me, with this year’s MoFo.  9 measly posts.  Shameful.  However, they were the most delicious meals I’ve made in a long time.  So perhaps it wasn’t a total fail.  ;o)

Today’s lunch was unbelievably delicious.  My husband even said that it was like a dish you’d get at a really good vegetarian restaurant.  I concur.

The flavors were amazing, it was easy to make, and the house smelled terrific as it cooked.

I squirreled a little away for my lunch tomorrow.  Knowing this is waiting for me just might make Monday more bearable.

More than just a cute little alliteration… or is it?

an inViting Variety of saVory Veggies!

Lots Leftover for Lunch!  (Yay!)

another Recipe from Robin Robertson‘s Repertoir.




I don’t know if I can say much more than Tami has said about this Robin Robertson recipe in her recent post.  Plus, her photo is much, MUCH better.

Also, please ignore the fact that my baguette is a little – shall we say – dark?   I used a relatively new toaster oven, and I was multi-tasking.  ;o)



This soup cleared out both produce drawers (and half of a shelf), save for a head of cauliflower that I’m saving for a curry dish and a handful of snow peas.   Nom!

My normally thrifty self  splurged today on this beauty.  Looooooove.

I read online: “Extremely attractive cookware piece can go from your oven or stove to the table effortlessly.”  I’m not so sure about the “effortlessly” part.   It weighs about 10 pounds empty.

I’m seeing a whole lot of one-pot meals in my future.


(Pardon the horrible cell phone photo in a very dark restaurant.)

Yes, that is the name of the salad on the menu.  I opted for the Caribbean Mango dressing on the side, which I probably could have consumed all of right out of the little container, but was less than satisfying on the salad.  I had high expectations for that dressing.

Also, I think it needs to be said that it’s a sad day when salads have to be labeled as “vegetarian”.  Why must most salads be laden with meats and cheeses?   There was even egg and mozzarella cheese listed on the menu for the Vegetarian Salad.   *sigh*

Not. Everything. Needs. Cheese.

A glass of Magic Hat completed the meal.


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Remember, remember the 5th of November

I forgot, forgot the 4th.  I completely forgot to post yesterday.  Until just now.  Oy.

Tonight’s dinner was another Robin Robertson tester.   Another delicious tester.  Even more delicious, apparently, than the other two.  Stick with me… you’ll understand.

Cooking in the pot is a red lentil soup.  In the photo to the left, what I thought was an inordinate amount of spinach is being added (hence the name of the soup).  Of course, Robin is brilliant.  It wasn’t too much.  It was perrrrrfect.

As I was cooking, my son yelled from another room and asked if I was making chili (family favorite).  Ummmm…. sort of? (but not really).   I knew that was a good sign.  Sometimes my kids – even as growing, hungry teenagers – will turn their noses up at dishes that they deem unappetizing, based on how it looks.  So, I figured that if he thought it was chili-like, he would at least try it.

Cooking finished.  Ladled carefully into a bowl.


So when it came time to serve up dinner, I braced myself for a  “That’s not chili!” meltdown.   It never happened.  Phew!  I went with the “Looks like soup, tastes like chili” story.  And stuck to it. It must have worked, because, as you can see in the picture to the right, it’s all. gone.

No leftovers.

No “Whatever.  I’m making pasta/pierogies/mac & cheese /a can of black beans.”  Yes.  A can of black beans is sometimes lunch/dinner/snack  for my daughter.  She did add black beans to the soup.


Whatever works.