Popeye.com has all the history you could want to know about this iconic figure! One thing I remember about the cartoon was Popeye popping those cans of spinach open and downing that yucky looking vegetable to make him strong. To be honest, even with that example, I had zero desire to eat canned spinach, or any spinach for that matter. To be even more honest I don't think I had ever actually bought spinach before this recipe called for it...unless I needed it for another recipe.
At the beginning of February I saw a post about Cook the Books: Asian Dumplings. I got the book at the library and had grand intentions of making several recipes and jumping in on the Cook the Books challenge. I even went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and bought this nifty bamboo steamer basket with some of my Christmas money.
Time got away from me, I had to return the cookbook, and I still hadn't steamed anything. Luckily for me I had a recipe for French Fridays with Dorie that included only 3 ingredients: spinach, lemon zest, and olive oil.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to used this new contraption in my kitchen! I was a little confused because it did not come with directions but I was able to find several places online that gave some specifics. One person instructed to line the basket with lettuce leaves to prevent sticking. I figured since I was making spinach that I didn't need to line the basket.
I tossed the spinach and arugula mix into a bowl, zested the lemon, added the olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Before steaming, Munchkin and I kept snagging bites. Delicious! Just the zest and oil alone made this tasty. The steaming part was incredibly easy in my bamboo steamer basket and it steamed the spinach perfectly.
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