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A Tale of Smelly Plants and Delicious Wraps

July 24, 2013

Once upon a time, an unemployed English major discovered flat bread. And her life (and the life of the happy-go-lucky engineer she was married to) changed forever. Because you can do anything with flat bread. A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G.

You can put veggies on it. Meat. Rice. Beans. Salsa. Hummus. Mayo. It’s an endless blank slate of colorful possibilities. I have no idea why I’m discovering flat bread at 25. But, readers, don’t be like me. Don’t live without flat bread for one more second.

Let me start at the beginning. The stinky plant was blooming at the Botantical Gardens. In D.C., this is a big deal. Apparently. The Washington Post even ran an article on it. This plant only blooms every couple of years and only is in bloom for 34 hours. Then it dies.

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To top this off, it was advertised as smelling like a dead corpse. (It smelled more like decomposing leaves, but I speak from ignorance, since I’m not around a lot of corpses.)

Obviously, Mark and I had to go see this phenomenon. And I believe every early evening expedition in the summer must be paired with a picnic.

So we went to see the smelly flower and then ate this lucious meal while lounging at the tables on the patio of the Botanical Garden.

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Although the smelly plant is gone for another couple of years, you too can enjoy the picnic part of our expedition.

Here’s how your day should go if you want to end it with a glorious picnic:

1. Buy some flat bread. Costco sells it in big packages of Roll-Up Bread. It’s probably called something else at your local grocery store. It looks like this:

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2. Arrange two pieces of flat-bread on two pieces of foil that are only slightly larger.

3. Make this rice.

4. Spread a thin layer of hummus over the bread, leaving about a 1/2 inch on each side.

5. Chop up some baby kale or spinach. Spread a thin layer of that on the hummus. (Keep every layer thin. Trust me.)

6. Spread a thing layer of the rice over the greens.

7. Chop up some colorful bell peppers. Spread them thinly over the rice. (You’re getting the idea.)

8. Carefully roll the wrap, starting with the end close to you. Push gently on the bread as it can tear easily. (Remember that time I told you to make each layer thin? If you didn’t follow my directions, this whole rolling process will be messy and your wrap won’t be as pretty.)

9. Wrap the pieces in the squares of foil, sealing the ends.

10. Grab some wine (or sparkling water if, like us, you live in a heavily populated area with open-container laws).

11. Have a picnic.

The End.

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Monday Meal

June 27, 2011

Another one of my favorite, quick, go-to meals during the week is a twist on the simple grilled cheese sandwich.

 Pepper-Jack Cheese Panini

1/2 a pepper
1/2 a red onion
Pepper Jack cheese, thinly sliced
Pepper
Garlic
2 slices of sourdough bread
Olive oil

Pour 2 tbls. olive oil into a medium frying pan. Slice peppers and onion thinly. Saute sliced peppers and onions in olive oil on medium heat until onions are transparent and peppers are soft and flexible (about ten minutes). Transfer peppers and onions to a plate or bowl.

Sweep one side of each piece of bread around the pan to oil. (One side of each piece should be lightly covered in olive oil.) Lay one piece of bread flat in pan. Cover with one layer of thinly-sliced cheese. Cover cheese with sauteed onions and peppers. Add another layer of cheese. Add final piece of bread (oiled side up).

Cook on medium-heat, pressing firmly occasionally with a large spatula. Once cheese has begun to melt and the bottom-piece of bread has begun to brown, flip quickly.  Continue to cook, pressing firmly on occasion with spatula.

When cooked as desired, enjoy!

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