Oh to be able to think like a child, where you can be and do anything you want. You could be fighting dragons or be a miltary hero, or maybe a racecar driver or a horse jockey. The imagination of children is so vivid and carefree.
Imagination doesn’t have to be limited to becoming someone new. It can be used to inspire new ideas. We use our imagination each time we think about what to make for the evening meal. You use your imagination to determine what you can do with a veggie that will make it extra good. As kids growing up, my siblings and I wouldn’t touch anything green, often times referring to them as UGOs (Unidentified Green Objects). They were THAT scary. Using our imagination and the desire to taste all the flavors combinations, we, eventually, tempted fate and tried new things. It’s the funny things you can do that can make your meal edible. I found this trick some time back, and, once its been implemented, there is no turning back. What’s the trick? BACON! You will marvel at the ability of how that one ingredient can change the taste-flavor combination and take an UGO to divine inspiration. The amazing thing from our childhood is that we already knew this trick every time we ate pork and beans. But take this flavor a little further and expand it to other veggies; then, WOW! Watch out!
It take a little courage and a lot of creativity to figure what flavors pair well together, so always try something new. A great way to get inspired is poetry. Check out these Haiku and get inspired.
Bruscetta-Topped Steak, Bacon-wrapped Asparagus
2 large Tomatoes
4 Large Cloves of Garlic
2 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Basil
3 Ounces of Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Mix all ingredients in sealable bowl and place in fridge
Chill for at least and hour the longer the better
Serve over steaks, potatoes or garlic toast
• 10 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed
• 1/8 teaspoon pepper
• 10 bacon strips, halved lengthwise
Coat asparagus with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with pepper; turn to coat. Wrap a bacon piece around each spear; secure ends with toothpicks. Grill, uncovered, over medium-low heat for 8-12 minutes or until bacon is crisp, turning occasionally. Discard toothpicks.