Arugula goat cheese and pine nut pate
On the way home from school, Isaac and I walked past a woman undone by a perfect flower. She was a landscaper, working in somebody else’s garden, and she was rendered speechless by a heliobore. She stood, hand on heart, looking at the flower, watching it grow. I imagine this is a fairly common danger in her line of work, this time of year. But I’ve seen it happen elsewhere. I worked in a restaurant in Boston, and one waitress was famous for having once worked in veg cut – slicing vegetables. She would be moved to tears by a lovely slice of beet, a perfect half leek, knocked off track by the beauty of the vegetables she was cutting. I imagine every profession has some unexpected beauty, if you look hard enough and take the time to notice. I’m sure it’s easier for a person whose job is to plant flowers in springtime than for a person who, say, scrubs toilets for a living, but even then, there might be some swirl in the water, some curve in the porcelain. As a waitress I’m sometimes moved by the beauty of certain gestures. People together, taking a table, preparing to eat, arranging their plate just as they like it – talking to each other or communicating without words. If you take the time to notice, these small moments can be worth keeping, they can knock you off track for a moment and take you out of your routine. As disarming as an unexpected kind word. Of course songs can be like that as well. Sometimes you’ll hear a song and you have to stop what you’re doing, and just listen. So today’s Sunday Interactive Playlist is very subjective and personal. We’re looking for songs that have disarmed you with their beauty, or with some other significant characteristic.
This pate is green, which is why I’m allowed to talk about it on St Patrick’s Day. It was very simple to put together, but a nice blend of flavors, a little sweet a little tart, and quite addictive. We ate it with pita bread and with crackers, but it would be nice with a baguette, as well. Or it would make a nice side dish for any meal.
Here’s the Interactive Playlist, feel free to add songs you like. I have to go to work, so I’ll be adding most of my songs later this evening.
1 cup arugula
1/2 cup mild goat cheese
1/4 cup milk
1 T honey
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 t salt
lots of freshly ground pepper
olive oil for the baking dish
Preheat the oven to 425. Coat a small baking dish with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend till fairly smooth. A small amount of texture is nice. Pour into the baking dish. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until it’s puffed, firm and golden brown in spots.
Let cool and serve with crackers or bread.