I know pretty much all you college kids have gone back to school now, and I'm feeling weird that I'm still on break. My right hip/groin injury was flaring up today, so I pretty much just chilled at the house. I spent some time practicing harp, but the pain worsened a bit when I had to do lots of pedals. It also flares when I have to drive a lot and use my right foot to work the pedals. Weird.
So I spent a good amount of time prepping veggies to be roasted for tonight's dinner. I love roasted veggies, but the time it takes to prepare them is SO disproportionate to the time it takes to eat them. I can finish off a pan in no time! ;)
Green + Yellow Beans
Seasoned with salt + pepper, Emeril's original blend, dried oregano + basil, and dried garlic. Roasted at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Alright, so just as I was typing up this post, we finally got a little excitement in the household! My mom was making my dad a salmon burger in the oven when she noticed there was a light in the oven and thought something light on fire. After baking soda didn't extinguish it, she realized it was on the coil. So she tried water, but then the ball of light started sparking! We yelled for my dad to get down here and he busted out the fire extinguisher.
We ended up having to unplug the entire oven to get the spark to go out, even though we had turned the oven off. Annnnd during this whole ordeal, of course I was standing back with the camera ;)
At the beginning:
After being doused with the fire extinguisher:
You can see the oven's kinda sooty now.
My parents moving the oven to turn it off, while you can see the light getting bigger in the oven:
I didn't get any awesome pictures of it sparking or the fire extinguisher in use. I suggested a reenactment, but my parents weren't too gung-ho about that... ;)
So now we need a new oven, BUT it wasn't my fault or the roasted veggies. My mom's salmon patty was what took it down ;) This incident kinda reminded me of my kitchen almost-fire back in AZ. Thankfully, neither cases were worse than they could have been!
Now, back to roasted veggies. My family has mixed opinions on parsnips. I LOVE them. I think they have a delicious woodsy, full-bodied flavor. My mom doesn't like them and declares they have a bitter taste. My dad and sister think they taste "earthy," and my sis thinks they're okay while my dad doesn't like them. My mom wants me to find out if there is anyone else out there other than me who likes parsnips... so here we go:
Q1: Have you ever tried parsnips? If so, what do you think?
I love em, but I guess they're pretty hit-or-miss with people's tastebuds.
Q2: What is your favorite roasted veggie?
I really love a good mix of roasted root vegetables, but if I had to single one out I guess I'd say sweet potatoes or parsnips. What about you?