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Green Slime Panzanella

July 29, 2010

Hello, hello!

My session with Eric this afternoon was INTENSE.  The guy knows how to work someone, that’s for sure.  Afterwards, an old man (maybe 50ish?) who very much resembled Jeff Foxworthy talked to me for a long time in the sauna about his volunteer work at the local martial arts studio.  Our conversation included gems like “The body is a machine,” “No pain, no gain,” and “Bow to your sensei.”  Awesome. 

When we got home, we relaxed for a bit, and then got started on some dinner. 

This was one of those dishes that started off as a hodge-podge, but ended up awesome!

Last night, we enjoyed some sunflower seed wheat bread from a local State College bakery, Gemelli’s.  We had about a third of the loaf leftover, so we decided to make some panzanella for dinner tonight.

Into a bowl went:


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Beautiful PURPLE corn:

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Plus a chopped tomato (bought from an Amish farmer!) and a can of drained chickpeas. 

For the dressing, we didn’t have basil, but I thought spinach would work just as well.  In my vita-mix, I blended a big handful of spinach, 1/4 cup (give or take) of olive oil, the juice of a lemon, some sea salt, one garlic clove, and a bit of water…all of this turned into:

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…this delicious dressing!  It was really garlicky, which I love.  Delicious!

Pouring the slime over the salad reminded me of You Can’t Do That On Television.

Salad, post “sliming”:

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It may look like it’s been covered in slime, but this salad was SO tasty!  We were both really pleased with how it came together.  I loved how the bread really soaked up the green dressing.

This afternoon, I ordered something really fun for…my August challenge! 

Yeah, remember when I used to do challenges?  🙂

I kind of took a break from them for the summer, but in August, I’m going to get back on board…my August challenge is going to be tough, but I’m actually really excited about it! I’ll unveil in a few days…I’m sure the suspense is killing you. 😉

We’re about to watch True Blood—we just got the first season on DVD!  So excited!

See you tomorrow!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. JenATX permalink
    July 29, 2010 12:40 am

    i just tried to make something very similar to this with your lemon tahini pesto but the bread did not soak it up very well 😦 i think it needed more sauce… oh well, there’s still dessert!

  2. greensandjeans permalink
    July 29, 2010 12:53 am

    Oh my gosh you are going to LOVE True Blood!

  3. July 29, 2010 1:51 am

    That salad looks so good. I’ve gotten over my aversion to blended spinach! I haven’t thought about the slime in ages, but I know exactly what you’re talking about … never heard of or seen purple corn, though. This year at farmers’ markets is the first time I’ve seen purple pole beans and purple okra; I’ll have to watch for purple corn.

  4. thehungryscholar permalink
    July 29, 2010 2:51 am

    Lars and I watched True Blood recently on DVD too. It is fun because you feel like you broke into your parents’ soft porn stash. Enjoy!

  5. July 29, 2010 4:28 am

    Look forward to hearing about your challenge! The salad looks great – love the idea of using spinach as a base for the dressing.

  6. July 29, 2010 6:16 am

    the dressing looks green, but awesome!!

    the challenge, oh i can’t wait! I hope there’s reader participation…maybe i can get in on it! i love challenges!

  7. July 29, 2010 11:57 am

    I love me some chickpeas! They aren’t the prettiest of foods but they fill me up and that is a big job these days as I have the appetite of a man!

  8. July 29, 2010 11:57 am

    I am totally into green food lately with my hemp protein powder! That salad looks insanely good! The corn is beautiful! Have a great one Anna!

  9. July 29, 2010 12:31 pm

    I can’t wait to see what your challenge would be

  10. July 29, 2010 12:36 pm

    Ooooh purple corn! I always get really excited when I see a vegetable of a different color (i.e. purple potatoes! Purple Basil! Purple Cauliflower!)
    Those are some great conversation gems! I hope to one day be able to be spout out such greatness!

  11. July 29, 2010 12:41 pm

    That corn looks so good – yum. Not sure I’ve ever had purple corn. We started watching TB via Netflix. Just started season 2 (which seems to be better than the 1st season).

  12. July 29, 2010 12:43 pm

    That salad looks wonderful!! I have heard really good things about True Blood…my mom has been begging me to get into it!

  13. July 29, 2010 1:15 pm

    So excited you are watching TrueBlood! It is the campiest and most rediculous show ever and I LOVE it!! =)

  14. July 29, 2010 3:53 pm

    What a great idea for dressing! And that crusty crusty loaf of bread — oh my god how delicious.

    True Blood (to me) is so over the top and ridiculous, but I love it anyway.

  15. July 29, 2010 9:38 pm

    Ok, I just laughed out loud at work after reading the Nickelodeon reference. Hahaha!

    • July 29, 2010 9:59 pm

      Claire, I haven’t thought of you as “Claire T” since about third grade 🙂 Brought back memories of David R and David W, ha!

  16. actorsdiet permalink
    July 30, 2010 1:33 am

    wow i’ve never seen purple corn before – gorgeous!


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