More is Better... Right?
I was invited to a luncheon at a local restaurant near my daughters school in The Plains a couple of days ago and got really excited when I saw fennel on the menu. Fennel is one of those things I always keep in my fridge, even if not in season. It is mild, crunchy, and delicious in salads. It is delicious roasted and is also a perfect veg to have with pretty much any kind of dip. Anyway, so I ordered the Arugula and Fennel Salad with Pineapples. Never had fennel and pineapple together so I was really looking forward to try that combination. Well the salad was good, very good! The company and conversations might have had something to do with my pleasure level and honestly I wanted MORE FENNEL!!! The entire time I was eating and chatting I kept thinking I wanted more!!! lots more!!!
I try to eat out often enough so I can learn about what is trending in the food world, what other cooks/chefs are doing out there and try to learn as much as I can to bring back to you. It seems though that in the past few years, portions are getting smaller, and prices are getting higher. I am all for portion control but honestly, if you are telling me you are giving me Arugula and Fennel salad, there should be more than 2 shreds of fennel in there. If my dish is pasta with wild mushroom sauce, then I really need to see more than 2 tiny pieces of shiitake and one small oyster mushroom in my sauce. Am I just a big eater with high expectations? or is this a new trend? Is less, more in these cases...I don't get it?
Anyway, so the inspiration for the menu this week is giving you what I tell you I am giving you :) More is better, right? Though we had Fennel on the menu last week, I have this urge to make Arugula and Fennel Salad. Instead of Pineapple, we will be using blood oranges. Oh and you will get loads of shaved fennel 😉 Enjoy!
We are looking forward to cooking this weeks menu for you; and hope that you will be enjoying it as much as we will be preparing it.
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