Tonight, the Matron flew the coop for dinner with friends.
Before she left, she walked John through the two hours she spent in the kitchen.
Matron: "So I made edible dishes out of all that raw veggie material, waiting to rot. You'll find a carrot and beet blue cheese salad, another dish with green beans, onions and pecans, and a big tossed salad. Enjoy!"
When she came home, she opened the fridge (because that's kind of what she does, walk in and open the fridge for all the latest information), and saw all that food, untouched. Knowing just how much garlic was in the beet and carrot concoction, she pulled that out and nibbled.
Enter, John: "What's that?"
Matron: "The beet and carrot thing I told you about."
John: "What! I looked for that! And the bean thing."
Matron: "What do you mean, 'I looked for that?' This was on the top shelf, right in front. Sort of singing and dancing when the door opens."
John: "But it's a Whole Foods container. Did that come from Whole Foods? Did you make it?"
Matron: "Remember our earlier exchange about the beet and carrot salad? How I made it and all and you should eat?"
John: "But the Whole Foods container? That totally threw me. I mean, I didn't know if that was yours and I shouldn't eat it. And who knew what it was!"
Matron pauses to consider the year-old container that has no label, is worn with wear and yesterday held strawberries (that he ate). She ponders the distinctive beet therein. Not your ordinary vegetable.
Matron: "You couldn't find the food in the refrigerator, could you?"
John: "Did you have wine? Let's get you another."
The First Recipe!!! Fanfare and Firework!
Four or five beet peeled raw beets
Four or five carrots
1/4 cup olive oil
Blue cheese to taste, about 1/4 cup
3-4 cloves garlic
Grate the beets and carrots. Crush that garlic. Mix garlic, oil and blue cheese. Dump over beets and carrots. Real food. Real good.