Lest anyone begin thinking that urban family dining is an unending bourgeois experience, I thought I would include some leftovers. And because, (let’s be honest) creativity with leftovers is sort of an important life skill (unless you are my friend Will, who can eat mujaddara five days in a row, and not complain, God bless him).
So….you may have noticed in the “Week 10: The Dog Days are Over” post I roasted half a ginormous head of napa cabbage. I actually used only about 1/3 of it…(because I mixed in other greens)….so I had approximately five pounds of roasted napa to attempt to use the following week.
First, I made this….an open-faced grilled cheese sandwhich…
Additionally, this made a great at-the-beach meal. Due to no meat or dairy products, I didn’t have to be obsessive about temperature control, and the protein-fiber combo kept my friend and I powered well through our day-long sun-worship extravaganza…
You may also remember the Indian Pizza that I made a few posts ago. I had extra toppings, and had used all of my gf pizza crusts, so I decided to make a quesadilla with the leftovers.
I had my friend Janalyn over for dinner this past week. She’s one of those kinds of people that won’t give you a judgmental glance in the event that you serve her leftovers for dinner…this is one of her many good qualities….so, I threw nearly all of the veggies that I had in a spring-form pan….
Janalyn brought her previously-made-world-famous gingered lemonade and we mixed it with vodka. Something about the vodka made the lemonade last longer….we sipped and we talked. I started thinking about the sorts of friends that it is ok to serve leftover’s to, and the sorts of friends that it is not. Janalyn can handle leftovers, as she can most things in life….she has found this fascinating balance of refusal to thrust her head into the sand matched with a refusal to stop offering grace and mercy. I’m realizing that I could learn a lot from her….and that it’s ok to serve a friend a bad-looking veggie torte from time to time.