Post #433 What A Great Dinner!

November 5, 2015 at 10:42 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post #433 What A Great Dinner!

I’ve got the day off today, and I have time to do some blogging.  I’m ahead of the game on the writing competition, it’s a drizzly day so no outside work, and cleaning isn’t interfering too terribly much.  Partner/Spouse has stepped up and taken on the bulk of the cooking duties until my schedule relaxes a bit.  Over the weekend, he did all the cooking.  On Saturday, Halloween, apart from throwing candy at random kids, we also had guests and dinner was just appetizers, but oh, so good appetizers.  They were yummy and plentiful and very filling.  But Sunday’s dinner, that’s the one I’m posting about.

On Friday, Partner/Spouse went to lunch with his boss to discuss upcoming projects, etc.  I don’t recall what Partner/Spouse had because he waxed eloquent about what Boss had.

“I’m not telling you what is was, but I’m making it for you for dinner on Sunday.”  It was something good, something simple, something original, and apparently something remarkable.

At the new job, I’m on my feet for hours at a time.  I have done that since 2009 so I was coming home aching and sore.  I have good shoes so my feet were okay, but since I’m hefting heavy things around, my shoulder (remember that from last Spring?) tends to act up a bit, and my legs get tired, and my back is sore.  Saturday was my longest day at 7.5 hours.  And it was non-stop all day.  Luckily, I was off at 5 and home by 5:30.  Guest and Partner/Spouse had a glass of chilled wine waiting for me, the appetizers, and we sat outside to throw candy at the kids.

Just before bed, Partner/Spouse made me take a muscle relaxant to make sure I slept.  Which I did.  A lot.  Sunday dawns and I’m supposed to start the writing competition.  I’ve got the whole day off and no cooking or cleaning on the schedule.  Yay me!

Sometime around 5, I hear Partner/Spouse roaming around the kitchen, but since he was surprising me, I didn’t wander through.  Eventually he called “It’s Ready!” and I went to see what was up.

He’d made a BLT salad, but with a twist.  The bacon was prepared two ways.  First it was fried up then crumbled and spread throughout the salad.  Second, it was fried up and cut into large-ish pieces to be enjoyed in individual bites.  The rest of the salad was a standard salad, chopped Romaine lettuce, scallions, cucumber, celery, cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese, croutons, etc.  For extra crunch, there were roasted sunflower seeds.

Placed on top were four thick slices of fried ripe tomatoes.  Not fried green tomatoes which would have been good in and of itself.  Fried ripe tomatoes.  They were fork tender, juicy, and tasty as only a tomato can be.  But they weren’t soggy.  The batter was still crisp and crunchy.

To make the tomatoes, he heated oil in a pan while he prepped the tomatoes.  He sliced them not quite a half inch thick and sprinkled them with a little salt.  While they drained a bit, he beat two eggs in one bowl and set up dredging flour on a plate.  He used the double dip method: dip in egg, then dip in flour, then dip in egg again.  Instead of a second dip in flour, he dipped in Panko bread crumbs.

For those who aren’t familiar, Panko bread crumbs are a Japanese invention.  The take standard bread crumbs, then they bake them at low temps until all the moisture is gone.  You’re left with tiny, ultra crispy break crumbs that don’t break down in liquid very easily so they stay crunchy through the frying and sitting stages.

Once the tomatoes were dipped, they went immediately into the hot oil.  Fried brown on both sides, then set on a paper towel to absorb the oil.  Then onto the salad.  YUM!!

I wish I had a picture for you.  It was such a good salad.  I’m already thinking of other ways to use fried ripe tomatoes.  Like in a spinach salad.  Or a Chef’s salad.  Or a peanut butter sandwich (kidding.)

Enjoy

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