Friday, November 7, 2008

EZ Roast Vegetables

Tonight will be the first Zohar family cook-off in years and the apron has passed to the children. The ingredients they were given to work with were Sweet Potatoes (Yams) and Pasta. This was a great opportunity to show Emily how a couple of her favorite foods are cooked.

We threw a few beets in a microwave bag for three minutes on high, peeled them and the sweet potatoes and cut them in one inch cubes (more or less). The soup pumpkin Emily was given on her class trip to the farm was cut into reasonable size chunks and thrown into the roasting dish (we'll take the pumpkin out and peel it before serving the children's creation). A couple of handfuls of shallots were peeled and thrown into the roasting dish. All of it was tossed with pepper, salt, fresh thyme and three tablespoons of olive oil. We'll throw the pan into the oven for half an hour at 425 once we get to Saba and Safta's house, cook the pasta and toss it all together, adding grated parmesan and some parsley from the garden at the last minute.

When Emily was asked what she would say about her dish when she presents it to the judges she said that cutting up the vegetables is a lot of work! Maybe she won't be making this dish herself any time soon but it's great for the kids to learn how food is prepared.

I wanted to get a picture of the chefs at work but Emily insisted on taking a bird's eye view photograph of the finished product.

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