08 March 2012

nurse's orders

A few months back I was afforded the opportunity to do some temp work at the school with our new nurse, Nurse Betsy.  My grandma was a school nurse so I jumped at the chance because I've always had an affinity for caregivers.  The new nurse and I got the infirmary in order during her early months at the school and chatted about a few of our favorite things... well, mostly we talked about our mutual love of food.  I shared my blog with her and she shared some vegetarian and healthful options with me.  We had a great time working together but the project ended and now we only see each other every once in a blue moon when I have to bring one of the kiddies by for a bandaid or an ice pack.  But we try to intentionally bump into each other to chat about recipes, dishes and restaurants we want to try.  Recently, Betsy brought in the newest addition to her cookbook collection - Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi.  This collection of simple and elegant vegetarian recipes is fresh and seasonal.  And the photos paired with each recipe are straight up food porn.  The crispest, clearest, most mouth watering images of vegetables I've ever seen in my life.  When Betsy broke out this cookbook, I started to drool.  I wanted to try everything, especially after we discussed the need to stop by Kalustyan's for spices and ingredients.  Needless to say, I was a little envious of this work of literary foodieness.  Then today came along and when I brought a second grader by with a bloody nose, Nurse Betsy surprised me with my very own copy of Plenty!  Thanks to Nurse Betsy I will be able to follow through with my plan to cut back on my meat consumption (oh, did I forget to mention that I wanted to do that?  More on my plan later.)  We should all thank Betsy for what is sure to be some added vegetarian excitement to the delirious kitchen!  thankyouthankyouthankyou!

marinated buffalo mozzarella and tomato
lettuce salad

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