My chard is going crazy, my tomatoes are ugly but prolific and my summer squashes are, well, behaving like summer squashes.
Sometimes, I get tired / bored with stir-frying and grilling and whatever.
Sometimes, there just doesn’t seem to be any choice but to toss it all together and see what happens.
To make it interesting I chose a yellow and green color scheme – but, then I have yellow and green (and white and striped) squashes and yellow and green (and white and red and orange) tomatoes.
It’s still summer…. Have some fun.
Play with your food.
Zucchini, Chard and Tomato Gratin
Total time: 55 minutes
- 1 small green squash (zucchini), thinly sliced
- 1 small yellow squash, thinly sliced
- 5oz (150gr) chard, leaves only, thinly sliced (roll leaves tightly, then slice)
- 1 – 2 medium green tomatoes (or 4 small) (green-when-ripe tomato, Green Zebra), thinly sliced
- 1 – 2 medium yellow tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 1/2 green or yellow pepper, roughly chopped
- 2 tbs fresh basil, snipped
- 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) chicken or vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) shredded cheese
- 2 tbs olive oil
- Chop the onion and pepper first, and sauté in 1 tbs oil just until tender, about 5 minutes.
- While onion and pepper sauté slice the other vegetables
- Put remaining 1 tbs olive oil in a baking dish land swirl to coat bottom.
- Layer the green squash, green tomato, basil and chard
- Put the onion and pepper on top of the chard and press down.
- Put the yellow squash and yellow tomato on the chard.
- Drizzle the stock over it all, cover with foil and bake, 400F (200C) for 30 minutes.
- Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and for another 10 minutes.
- Serve from baking dish.
We were French country people today.
This morning we went to la Foire aux Vins, aka: wine fair.
All of the supermarkets have wine fairs in the spring and fall. The spring fairs are usually smaller, with an emphasis on rosé. The fall fairs have a larger selection of red’s. We buy at both, but the fall fairs are the major re-stocking.
I’m not really sure if it’s actually a better deal to buy at the fairs or not. I do know that the selection is much greater than usual.
I also know that I’ll spend more money buying 1 or 2 bottles each week than I will if I buy 5 cases at a time.
Our wine cellar is, once again, fully stocked.
This afternoon our annual supply of firewood was delivered – 10 cubic meters. We unloaded it from the farm trailer and stacked it.
That was my upper-body workout for the day.
The firewood that was delivered last year is cut and stacked in the barn,
Last week we had the chimneys cleaned.
Let’s see….. Firewood, check and check; chimneys cleaned; check; wine cellar stocked, check….
Yup, we’re ready for winter.
This is the earliest we’ve ever had it all done.
But we have other plans for fall…. Morocco!