- Date: Thursday, September 20, 2007 -- 9pm
- Location: Bloomington, IN
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Recipe Rating: B-
I chose this recipe to make tonight because I know from experience that making the purees with a big crowd is a bad idea since no one likes pureed vegetables. So I figured I would cut the recipe in half and make it just for me. Somebody who selected recipes for The Book must be really into pureed vegetables (Carrot Puree, Cauliflower Puree, Pureed Limas, Parsnip and Apple Puree, Maple Squash Puree, Sweet Potato and Parsnip Puree...). Perhaps he or she has a baby. I can't think of any other explanation. Pureed vegetables have a place: in soup. But thick pureed vegetables as a side dish? I just don't understand it. This carrot puree was about as good as carrot puree could be. Carrots taste good, so it tasted good. The recipe didn't call for nearly enough salt to bring out the carrot flavor, but other than that I had no objection to the taste. However, I just don't see the appeal of food this texture. Thicker mushed up veggies foods (e.g. mashed potatoes) can be appealing. And thinner pureed vegetables (e.g. butternut squash soup) can be marvelous. But baby food texture? Why do that to a perfectly good carrot (or lima bean, or sqaush, or parsnip, or cauliflower, etc...)? It remains a mystery to me... Maybe I will thin out the leftovers and eat it as soup. That seems like a decent idea.
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Tomorrow morning my students have their first midterm! I am nervous to see how they do. It's hard for me to judge if my exam is too short/long, easy/difficult. We shall see. After my two classes I am meeting with my teaching assistants for a few hours to frantically grade the 120 midterms. I have to leave the department by 3pm though to drive to the airport. It's a secret (shhh... don't tell anyone), but I am flying to Boston tomorrow. Ok, ok, it's not really a secret, but my trip is ridiculously short -- flying in late Friday night and out early in the afternoon on Sunday -- so I am trying to keep a low profile. Hopefully I won't have to spend my whole time in Boston finishing the grading on those exams!
Speaking of my trip, I should go pack. Tomorrow is going to be really hectic so everything needs to be ready to go tonight.