I’m sure you experience this, same as the rest of us: you don’t want to create a fancy side for your weekday meal but you want something slightly more interesting than the merely steamed vegetables sitting on your plate. Well here is your solution.
One evening I was preparing our evening meal, spiced chicken thighs with frozen corn, frozen peas, and basmati rice on the side. Rather than serve all those vegetables and grains separate, I had an idea. Just steps from my parents’ front door are several tall dill plants.
I cut off some of the leaves, which kind of resemble fennell, and brought them inside.
I combined the rice, peas, and corn, added some butter and salt and pepper, and stirred in the dill, chopped, and served it hot. It made a nice little base for the chicken and a slight refresher on what could have been a ho-hum meal.