Of all the world cuisines, Peasant Food has got to be one of my favorites. This is dinner in ten minutes and no mental (or financial) anguish.
Have you ever had peasant food? It’s the stuff that you eat when you scrounge around your fridge and/or pantry trying to figure out what you could possibly make with the little that you have left. You know the scenario: it’s still a day before you’re due for your weekly grocery binge, maybe even a few days after a paycheck was due or simply left with no time to make it down to a grocery store that’s open past midnight. Whatever your reason for scrounging, there are many options and surprises in store.
Last night I was too lethargic to attempt to plan a meal. Instead, I decided to throw shit together and hope it makes sense 10 minutes later when I’m ready to eat. What I found was basmati rice, sesame seeds, broccoli, frozen edamame and Pacific nori that I was intending to use for my vegan sushi later this week.What I ended up with was run-of-the-mill Sesame Basmati Rice (sesame oil, sesame seeds, coconut milk, edamame) and Steamed Broccoli garnished with Nori.
Let’s be frank, steaming some rice and broccoli and throwing chopped seaweed on top won’t get anyone a Michelin star. But, roll the rice and broccoli in Nori sheets and serve with vegan spicy mayo (Vegenaise and organic Sriracha chili sauce) and you’ve got gourmet peasant food.
Before you say it, I know that Nori isn’t something that everyone usually has on hand, and honestly, neither do I. But what I am saying is you can journey to the very back of your refrigerator or any crevice of your pantry and you can meeganize your most exhausted ingredients.