Summer Vegetable Melange

Sometimes, we I can spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to make this vegetable or that green shine. 

Is simple best?  Just picked green beans, braised in olive oil, finished with a sprinkling of salt and some shredded basil…. Perfect summer vegetable.

Or maybe vegetable comfort food…. Cauliflower draped in a golden Cheddar sauce.

There are classic vegetable pairings: peas and carrots, zucchini and tomatoes, onions and garlic.

And then there's 'clean out the fridge' stir-fry.

Mon mari says it was the best ever…. no recipe, just what I did.

Summer Vegetable Melange

  • 1 yellow squash, fresh from the garden, sliced
  • 1/2 bell pepper left from last week
  • 3 shallots, that were nearing their end
  • 3 – 4 oz cremini mushrooms left from the weekend
  • a small bag of mini mozzarella balls past their use by date, cut in half
  • the most recent picking of cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Stir-fry the squash, pepper, shallots and mushrooms in olive oil.  Add some chili powder, paprika, Balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.  When it's just about ready, toss in the mozzarella balls, tomatoes and some dried oregano.

A few random tidbits to end the week:

Our mouse licked the mousetrap clean 4 times last night, setting it off two times; getting caught zero times.  It enjoyed cheese, peanut butter and peanut butter on cheese.

I recently bought a new little cookbook – the kind they sell at the checkout stand at the DIY stores.  It's a book of Spanish recipes, written in French. (That just appealed to me…..)

But, what I noticed when I added it to my shelves, is that it had the printing on the spine in the opposite direction of American and British cookbooks.

I checked my other French cookbooks. 

Sure enough, every one was on the shelf upside down.

And the bunnies have been getting in to both my herb garden and the potager, every night and digging the same hole…. Which I fill up in the morning so they can dig it out again.  I also block their entry spots so they have to find new ones.  It's a little game we play, the bunnies and I. 

Think Mony Python and the Holy Grail.

That pretty much sums up my day….

Now I have to go see what the potager has on offer for tonight's dinner.

One more thing….. Guapa just had a big drink of water, came over and licked my knee…. spraying water all over my laptop. 

Puppy love.

8 thoughts on “Summer Vegetable Melange”

  1. Hmmm … maybe this isn’t a mouse. Whatever it is, it’s very clever. I’m going to try to find a photo of my mouse trap and email it to you.
    There is nothing I like better than an impromptu stir fry – from the fridge, garden, wherever. Yours sounds wonderful.

  2. This mouse sounds like something from an old-school American cartoon. But given your stir-fry prowess, how about stir-fried cheese with a peanut sauce for the little rascal?

  3. Dan’s spot on: That is one wily mouse.
    I love the melange, though, my kind of meal.
    Got to do a clean out the fridge week here.

  4. Talking of naughty animals – I found the Cocopop in bed with a bunch of bananas plucked from the fruit bowl. She had peeled one and was halfway through it !!! What dog does that ??

  5. And of course, since you made it with this and that, it was unique. I often make soups that way: serendipity often makes the best meal.

  6. Christine, we do a lot of impromptu stir-fries this time of year….
    Zoomie, not really – we hear him dragging the trap (It has a string attached so we don’t lose it)
    Tanna, great idea – next time I’m putting it on a pizza!
    Dan, all of our critters are from cartoons!
    Mimi, we loved it too! That’s how one eats from the garden ;-)) Sometimes it’s all one, sometimes it;s a bit of everything…..
    manningroad, Bonnie’s and Guapa’s great, great granny loved bananas…. but she ate the peels, too.
    Simona, it’s the only way to make soup! Or, at least the only way I make soup.

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