But to me, the real deal of a character is Wolfe's right hand man and assistant, Archie Goodwin, who has been described as "the lineal descendant of Huck Finn." He is the young man-about-town in Wolfe's investigations, with a cheerful, humorous, engaging and witty personality, providing quite a bit of comic relief. I still cannot get over the fact that this is my first encounter with Rex Stout and his mysteries. Nero Wolfe is apparently a part of detective folklore, for pity's sake.
I am not really a very good gardener, so any orchids that bloom in my garden are just feeling frisky. In fact I tell people that, around here it is survival of the fittest, which means, in this climate, tropical perennials. And, on one of those, Pacific spinach, I have posted previously. A slight drawback to this variety, as well as Malabar spinach, is a bit of sliminess. So, in my experiments that quality is what we work to overcome. Do believe I've got it licked, acid being the key word. And rinsing.
The first thing you do is wash the spinach, remove thick stems, then slice it up, and rinse well again (off with the slime) drop it into boiling, well salted water just briefly, only enough to wilt it down. Add the juice of a 1/2 lemon, drain, pressing gently, and set aside to cool while preparing the remaining filling ingredients.
2 cups prepared spinach
1/2 cup feta cheese
1/2 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese and extra for the top
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teas. nutmeg
salt and pepper
About 2 cups tomato sauce, your own or a good prepared variety (I'd blend it smooth next time)
Preheat oven to 350F, put a bit of sauce on the bottom of a 8x12 glass baking pan, then fill and roll about 1/2 cup filling in each crepe. Top with remaining sauce and extra cheese.
All it needs is a nice little salad. Bob informed me that this is the best recipe yet for my Pacific spinach. I thought it was pretty darned good myself. This post will be shared with Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking event, and with the November Foodies Read Challenge.