What’s for dinner?

Usually, when we don’t know what else to eat, we have lobster. I know. Tough, right? But geez, this spring weather has not been conducive to spending time on a lobster boat. Bruce is hoping to get out (haul traps) tomorrow if the wind dies down. It’s been a week since he has been fishing. At least the sun came out today, and it was warmish despite the wind.

Instead of lobster, tonight we had a big salad. It may sound boring, but we both like coming up with stuff to turn a regular salad into dinner.

Hard boiled eggs are a given. It’s an easy way to get protein into a salad. What looks like bacon is actually thin strips of speck, (prosciutto’s brother) that I picked up at Casa Della Mozeralla in the Bronx. (We’ve already finished the world’s best mozeralla.) I add strawberries to my salad because I like the texture and color. Bruce prefers tomatoes.  We also put in yellow pepper, cucumber, avocado (if it has not gone bad like the one I cut into tonight), olives, and parmesan cheese.

One of my favorite thing to put in a big salad is chick peas. The canned ones are fine. I rinse them, drain them and spread them out on a paper towel to dry out.  I then toss them in a mixture of flour and cayenne pepper, and saute them in a pan with oil until they are crispy. Martha Stewart has a similar recipe for roasted chickpeas, but I like using the saute pan. It’s quicker. Instead, I used the oven to make sourdough garlic croutons. The finishing touch for our salad.

This was a perfect dinner after spending most of the day in the studio.The whole day was actually  pretty perfect, including the walk we took right after lunch. At the end of the island, by the old Coast Guard Station, you can get a 180° view of the water.

To the northeast it was rough, windy and full of whitecaps.

To the southwest it was calm as could be.

And in the middle, Baker Island.


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6 responses to “What’s for dinner?

  1. crnbrycst

    Chris and I do dinner salads a lot. Thanks for the chick pea idea, it looks and sounds yummy! xo psSaw a rose breasted GB today but couldn’t get the camera in time.


    • Barb Fernald

      I love the chick peas. Cool about the rose breasted GB. We’ve had one around our feeder just recently. Joy has had some Orioles at her feeder. Long day at Mom’s. We moved furniture around!


  2. love that glimpse into your life!


    • Barb Fernald

      Aww. I wish we could just have tea together while taking a break from long industrious days in our studios. That would be a good glimpse!


  3. Hoping for better weather so you can have a salad w lobster on top! Yum! I’m totally coveting the homemade croutons.


    • Barb Fernald

      Bruce is hoping to go out tomorrow. Lobsters soon!
      Cool new logo! I have to head over to your blog to check it out in the proper size. Homemade croutons with lots of garlic are so worth the effort.


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