Zucchini and Goat Cheese Stacks, I love a parade!

I love a parade!

But….

Have I ever mentioned that life is different here?

Part Deux of La Félibrée follows the recipe.

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Stacks

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices zucchini, 1/3 inch thick each (about 1/2 medium zucchini)
  • 3oz (90gr) aged goat cheese, cut into 6 slices
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 3 slices each
  • 3 tbs breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 handful green basil
  • 1 handful purple basil
  • 1 tbs white Balsamic vinegar

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Stacks

 Instructions:

  • Put breadcrumbs on 1 small plate and olive oil on another
  • Dip both sides of zucchini in oil, then crumbs.
  • Place on a non-stick baking sheet and bake, 20 minutes, 400F (200C)
  • Remove and divide between 2 plates
  • Dip both sides of goat cheese in remaining crumbs and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake, 2 – 3 minutes, just until cheese starts to soften.
  • Remove and place cheese slices on zucchini slices.
  • Top with tomatoes slices.
  • Garnish with basil leaves, drizzle a bit of vinegar and serve.

 

The parades I’m used to take place on the street with all of the spectators neatly lined up, and contained, on the sidewalk, all watching the parade from a respectful distance.

I’ve never seen that type of parade here.

Admittedly, the parades I have seen here have been part of festivals or holiday celebrations, and involved people on foot rather than tractors or cars pulling ‘floats’.

We had no idea there was a parade happening. All of a sudden the crowd in front of us came to a screeching halt.

We heard music and singing and saw people with cameras above their heads.

I could catch glimpses of costumed people.

I held my camera up and started clicking.

I quickly lost track of how many groups of people there were in the parade.

The Occitan area is large – much larger than I had realized.

paradeEach group brought flags or banners identifying their area and were dressed in their traditional clothing.

parade-flags

The musical instruments were fascinating.

There were accordions and bagpipes – but not like any I’ve seen before.

parade3These lute-type instruments had a handle on the side that the person cranked while they played.

parade2See the bit of head in the lower corner? Her head was in every one of my photos LOL

parade4Each group had different costumes, different hats and headdresses, different shoes.

Some wore wooden clogs.

There were dance groups and singing groups.

parade5Some wore all black and white; others were in bright colors.

parade6

Naturally, when the people watching the parade saw people they knew IN the parade, they just moved in for a quick chat…. 

And, of course, the children ran in and out and all around.

It was a great parade!

But all those clothes – and it was HOT!

If you want nutrition information, try this site: Calorie Count

4 thoughts on “Zucchini and Goat Cheese Stacks, I love a parade!”

  1. Parades here in NOCA are part organized and part disorganized. Lots of greeting of people in the crowd, but also lots of classic “muscle” cars and even military vehicles, followed by peace protestors. Polyglot, like California itself.

  2. Kate, everything is much ‘closer’ here LOL

    Zoomie, no cars in this parade – went through the Pedestrian Only area….

    Phoenicia, thanks – it was a fun day….. Summer, finally…

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