We take a momentary break from the zucchini posts – as the zucchini is taking a momentary break from producing.
The tomatoes, on the other hand, are going strong.
You may not think that tomatoes and potatoes work together.
I normally use Gruyère in potato gratins but I decided to use something stronger with the sage and tomatoes. Use what ever cheese you like – a sharp cheddar could be good, or Muenster.
Potato and Tomato Gratin
Preparation and cooking time: 75 minutes (60 minutes baking time)
- 4 medium potatoes, 22oz total (650gr)
- 1 large onion or 2 smaller onions, 12oz total (350gr)
- 2 – 3 tomatoes, 12 – 14oz total (350-425bg)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 3oz (90gr) strong cheese of choice, I used Tomme shredded or cut into small
- 1 tbs dried sage
cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- Thinly slice the onions and garlic.
- Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until tender and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
With a sharp knife thinly slice the potatoes, or use a mandolin (if you think this is a musical instrument, you don't have one. )
- Slice the tomatoes as thin as the potatoes (you should get 8 – 10 slices per tomato).
- In a glass or ceramic baking dish just large enough to hold ingredients (I use an 8" X 11" (20 X 27.5cm) oval baking dish) lay 1/3rd of the potatoes.
- Spread half of the sautéed onions over the potatoes.
- Add a layer of tomatoes, touching but not overlapping.
- Spread half of the cheese on the tomatoes and sprinkle with half of the sage.
- Repeat layers once.
- Top with remaining 1/3 of the potatoes.
- Pour the stock over all, sprinkle with Parmesan, cover with foil and bake at 425F (210C) for 40 minutes.
- Remove foil, reduce heat to 400F (200C) and continue baking another 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, let rest 5 – 10 minutes, cut and serve.
The creepy crawlies, I mean.
It's that time of year, again.
I don't know what it is… if they're looking for winter nests or just moving back inside after a summer holiday.
I also don't know why they are so attracted to bathrooms.
Long-time readers will remember my first up-close-and-personal encounter with a centipede in the bathroom.
I'm more cautious now.
Although I do start to get careless after a few months without incursions.
Like the other night….
When I leaned over to hit the button on the toilet something moved near my left eye.
It was a HUGE centipede!
And it was not more than an inch from my face.
I screamed, of course…. And, apparently scared the poor little thing as it scurried into a pinhole crack in the corner.
After that I resumed my usual cautious demeanor.
I open the door and thoroughly check out every nook and cranny visible from the doorway. Then I quickly step in, turn around and check out around the door. Once I'm comfortable that I'm alone I can relax and brush my teeth, take a shower, whatever.
Except, sometimes, when the puppies wake me up and I'm groggy, I forget to check.
Like last night.
After telling them to be quiet I went into the bathroom to get a drink of water.
After putting the glass down I turned to go out the door. There, between me and the door, on the wall, was a HUGE spider.
I managed to not scream.
I managed to exercise enough self-control to not wake up mon mari and demand he deal with it.
I closed the door and went back to bed.
This morning I found some spider and centipede spray that the nice young woman assured me was lethal.