From time to time I get emails from fellow Menu For Oners out there like you who tell me about how they like to experiment in the kitchen. Keep 'em coming, and better yet, post them on the website! I think we'd all be encouraged and inspired by your ideas.
This picture comes from Tavoris C. in Atlanta. Eager to try something new in the kitchen, he decided to give couscous a try - a rolled semolina dish that is popular in West Africa and the Mediterranean. Tavoris flavored the couscous with a little olive oil and roasted garlic, and topped it with cabbage, broccoli, peppers, and carrots he had pan-steamed in a little bit of butter and water. It looks great! Very colorful. This would make a great weeknight dinner because both the couscous and vegetables can be prepared in under 20 minutes.
Truth is, Tavoris is not some random reader from the internet world. I actually know him. Did I mention I have a part-time job at a tea shop? It's staffed by a motley crew of students, professionals, tattooed persons, non-tattoed persons, documentary-film lovers, aspiring poets, designers, and cross-country travelers. He was our amazing barista until recently, when he decided to take on more responsibility at his day job.
Anyone who has ever worked in a small shop knows, your experience falls into one of two camps: great, or really, really miserable. I'm happy to report that mine is the former. Although our lives outside the tea shop are very different, one thing --well, two things really --that each of us have in common are 1) tea, obviously, and 2) talking about food. And we like talking about food a lot.
Thanks, Tavoris, for sending this in! If you've got ideas, or want to share what you've been working on in the kitchen, send it in! menuforone AT gmail DOT come.