Fresh Tomato Olive Salsa; The Weekly Menu Planner

Fresh Tomato Olive Salsa

It's been an exhausting week.

Mon mari is reclining gracefully on his hospital bed, complaining about the food.  ( I have SO lost faith in French medical care….. the FOOD isn't good???   Zut Alors!!!!)

I have 3 weeks of uncut lawn to wrestle into submission, after perfect grass-growing weather.

Not to mention the weeds that have reached the tops of all 500 vines.

Or the hedge that has grown across the gate and almost over the roof.

And the centipedes that have heard the 'slayer' is temporarily not in residence and have invaded, en masse, with all their kith and kin.

Let's not forget the, at least daily, trips to hospital.

In all fairness, he would much rather be here, doing the work.

It's not serious…we think and hope; just about 4 gazillion bacteria staging a coup.  But we think we nipped it in time.  Still, surgery is likely, and, with the French system, that means a 2 – 3 week hospital stay.

He's going to have to adjust to the food.

I'm going to have to adjust to hard labour.  Did I mention we have 7 acres?

Since I am cooking for one, I get to make more fun stuff…. less proper stuff.

This is something I like to make and have on hand in the summer. I serve it with fish, shrimp, chops, pasta, polenta….

Sometimes just a spoon….

Fresh Tomato Olive Salsa

2 fresh, ripe tomatoesTomato_salsa
2 tbs fresh oregano
1 tbs freshly snipped chives
1/3 cup pitted green or Kalamata olives
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tbs olive oil, the good stuff
1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp sea salt

Roughly chop tomatoes. Cut olives in half. Snip herbs. Put oil, vinegar, chili powder and salt in small bowl, whisk to combine. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

In addition to the above, for the week of May 23, we have White Bean and Radish Salad, Grilled Polenta with Tomato Olive Salsa, Barbecued Shrimp, Veal Chops, and more…

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Bon Weekend!

Did I mention that, due to a variety of circumstances, I have never cut grass with a power mower before yesterday?

I have to go mow, now.

14 thoughts on “Fresh Tomato Olive Salsa; The Weekly Menu Planner”

  1. Oh Katie, my heart goes out to you – husband in hospital, garden out of control AND having to get to grips with the mower, just what a girl needs. Amazed you still have time to make yourself such a delicious supper, even if it isn’t as proper as usual (improper, perhaps?)
    Good luck with it all

  2. Happy Cook, thanks, it does go well with summer!
    Thanks, Joanna. I’m thinking of spraying the whole darn thing with Round-up!
    Pam, me too. My secret vice. I buy large containers and hide them (well, in the fridge)
    Thanks, TBTAM, very much appreciated!
    Zoomie, I have prescribed a glass of wine for me at bedtime…seems to be working.
    Lydia, thanks…energy is just exactly what i need!

  3. Katie, I hope that he feels better soon, and yes, French hospital food is the worst! I can attest to that, its like prison food. What an irony!
    Feel well both of you my friends!

  4. Kevin, anything with olives…
    Riana, thanks for the kind thoughts. And yeah, who would have thought French hospital food could be so bad… but, apparently, he gets lots of it!

  5. Oh dear! Haveing been the proud owner of a sick husband (also a bacterial coup, resulting in a grossly swollen neck, a needle biopsy, an ultrasound scan, a scope up his nose… and shingles because ue was so run down). Sorry to hear the French medical system doesn’t have much more to reccomend it that the English NHS! Luckily hubby managed to avoid a hospital stay (I allowed him to stay in the marital bed after I’d checked that shingles is not contagious… :o))
    As for the power mower, the closest I’ve had to come is a trimmer (called a Weedeater back home – not sure what the generic term is, but it’s the slender stem with a rotating length of tough nylon wire at the end that you use to trim the edges of the lawn after it’s been mowed). I feel your pain!!

  6. Jeanne, I remember when yours was ill last winter… Actually, the French are doing fine, paying lots of attention… They are just very, very methodical and can not be rushed… or even slightly hurried.
    I need proper Wellies before I tackle the ‘WeedWhacker’ (US)

  7. Oh, Katie, I am sorry your husband is in the hospital! I went through that when G. had heart surgery, and it was stressful. I am thinking of you.
    The 2-3 week hospital stay is a godsend. Vive les Francais!

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