I was down near the potager gathering nuts this morning. That’s the hazelnut tree on the left; the walnut tree, with the trampled weeds underneath, in the center.
The neighbors were picking grapes on one side of me. In the field on the other side a young man walked past with a shotgun in his arms, hunting for rabbits, birds, deer, fox, hares.
Hunting and gathering.
Most people I know from my former life would be at the mall on a Saturday.
So is shopping the new ‘hunting and gathering’?
Is it the age-old instinct that drives so many people to accumulate so much? To go shopping for the sport of it? To fill ever-larger houses and closets with ‘stuff’?
It’s fall here, and I have that urge to acquire, to hoard, to collect.
I like seeing my freezer fill up with courgette, squash, tomatoes (in other years) green beans and herbs.
I like seeing the shelves in the cave fill up with pickles and fruit preserves.
Soon the nuts and kiwifruit will fill still more shelves.
If I lived in a city would I convert that desire into filling up my closet with new shoes? Would I spend yet another 500 bucks for a Coach bag that will only be perfect with one outfit? Do I really need this season’s newest Hermes scarf?
I come from a long and infamous line of shop-aholics. I have a cousin whose walls are crammed so full she has no idea what color they are. I have a sibling with clothes old enough to be out of date; still with the price tags on.
Before moving to Ireland both mon mari and I had to down-size. Neither of us needed the trappings of business life. As I went through the closets, sorting into donate, consignment or pack, piles, I realized that I had over 100 white blouses. How had I ever managed to do that? Admittedly that included ivory, cream and off white; cotton, silk and rayon, long, short and sleeveless, casual, business, and dressy; but still! And yes, I had rather a lot of colors, as well. And, right again, I do rather hate to through things out. But still!
If I have to eat it you get to read about it. Here is one last (maybe) zucchini/courgette post for Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week by Myriam, of Once Upon A Tart! (I love that name!)
I think our founder, Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen will understand. She’s had rather a lot of zucchini herself this summer!
We’ll just all be grateful that it’s such a healthy vegetable, full of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A and C, magnesium, manganese and potassium.
Sautéed Spinach, Courgette (Zucchini) and Onions
1 small zucchini (courgette) – about 1 1/2 cups
1 clove garlic
4 – 6 oz fresh spinach
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs fresh snipped basil
1 tbs fresh snipped thyme
2 tbs chicken stock
Slice onion and mince garlic. Shred zucchini. Remove thick stems from spinach and cut into strips: put the spinach leaves together in one hand and snip with a scissors. Heat oil in medium, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until golden. Turn heat to medium, add courgette and garlic, continue to sauté for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and chicken stock. Sauté just until spinach wilts. Remove and serve.
Be sure to visit Myriam at Once Upon A Tart on Monday for the complete roundup of all the wonderful recipes….maybe, even more squash…
Don’t ask me about the scarves….