This month's Kitchen Reader book was What We Eat When We Eat Alone: Stories and 100 Recipes. (If the title sounds familiar, I read a review of this book several months ago, and ended up testing the chocolate mousse recipe--divine, I tell you!)
The book is essentially a couple of foodies asking people "What do you eat when you're alone? When you don't have to think of anyone else? When your only limitation is what's in your cupboard?"
Some of the answers are a little bizarre--oyster crackers crumbled in milk? avocado soft tacos?--but that's what makes the book interesting. Because often it was stuff that I hadn't thought about before, but, now that I have, sounds really yummy. (Fried potatoes with yogurt sauce anyone?) I really want to try at least 90% of the recipes in this book.
And, of course, it got me thinking about what I eat when I eat alone.
Like many of the people in the book my go-to, just-for-me recipe is both a little indulgent and a little bit utilitarian--i.e. made from ingredients that I almost always have on-hand.
What I like to do is make up a single serving of pasta. When the pasta is almost done, I brown some butter in a sauce pan, throwing in some herb-y goodness if I've got it. (Thyme, sage, rosemary...really, just whatever.) Once the butter is brown, I add a splash of balsamic vinegar. Then I drain the pasta and toss it in the butter mixture for a few seconds, just to coat it. For toppings, again, it's just whatever's on hand--Parmesan cheese, capers, olives, a bit of preserved lemon....delicious!
Give me some more ideas, guys--what do you eat when you eat alone?