Summer Vegetable Mélange; the update

How I spent the last weekend of summer….

We had 10 cubic metres of firewood delivered this weekend.

I stacked it.

The photo above shows it half done, below all neatly stacked.

When I started, the concrete slab was empty.

Stacked Firewood
Mon mari was busy building….

I can’t build but I can stack!

Mon mari finished building our storage room.

And started putting up shelves (and filling them) inside.

He put up shelves for storing wine and for storing the winter squashes.

Then, because the outside wall was empty, he put up shelves there, as well.

His motto: If there is a bare wall – hang shelves.


On another note…. Remember the bit of metal I found in the front lawn last week?

It was a pot or kettle so some sort.  It had a handle – which is the part I found on the surface.  It was a bit of a project to dig out, but….

Here it is:


I don’t think we’ll keep it.

A strange thing happened in the garden the other day…. It was empty.

Well, except for the tomatoes…. There are always tomatoes.

But everything else was apparently on hiatus.

You see below the sum of all the vegetables I found in my garden.

Not enough of anything to do anything with.

What’s a girl to do?

I don’t buy vegetables in summer, so what you see was what we had.

Mixed Vegetables
So…. I tossed it all together and – damn, it was good!

Summer Vegetable Mélange

3oz (90gr) green beans, cut into sticks, ‘French’ style
3oz (90gr) chard, leaves and stems, leaves slices; stems chopped
1 small zucchini (courgette), cut into sticks
1 onion, slices
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 tsp paprika
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
3 tbs fresh basil, snipped
4 tbs Parmesan cheese

Sumemr Vegetables
Sauté paprika in oil for 1 minute.  Add onion and sauté 5 minutes.  Add garlic and chard stems, sauté 5 minutes.  Add beans, courgette and sauté until all vegetables are tender, 7 – 10 minutes longer.  Add tomatoes, chard leaves, cover and simmer until tomatoes are soft and forming a sauce.  Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, basil and Parmesan.

Eat, thinking of summer.

8 thoughts on “Summer Vegetable Mélange; the update”

  1. Wonderful dish to come up with. I know how it is with garden….we are down to a few zucchinis, beans, and a few tomatoes….hope our Indian summer continues…your wine cellar looks lovely too!

  2. Val, summer is ending very fast here – not the temps, but the garden…
    Simona, desperate times and all that… I totally rely on the garden in summer – if there’s nothing there we go hungry!
    Zoomie, I wish I could ask someone why they do some of these things…. Why bury bottles? or pots? As to mon mari…. I’ll keep him. thank you.
    Ina, 2 days later my counter was full. Now it’s bare again.
    manningroad, I never would have thought that 15 years ago – briefcase in hand, not logs.
    Dave. it’s far too sharp to even get near without heavy gloves. I’m amazed we have no cut feet or paws
    Christine, I do my jobs…. 😉

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