Someone once asked me where I came up with new recipe ideas.
Easy – whatever needs to be used at the moment.
Well, actually, not so easy.
There are many days where I struggle to come up with something new and a bit creative using whatever comes from my garden and / or fridge.
In this case it was the ever-present butternut squash, along with sage and shallots from the garden and walnuts from our tree.
I draw the line at making / producing my own cheese and polenta.
We were happy with the results, however…..
Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese on Polenta Rounds
Total time: 30 minutes
- 2 tbs + 1 tsp polenta
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
- 3 tbs chopped walnuts
- 3 tbs finely chopped shallots
- 1 tbs chopped fresh sage
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 4 tbs soft goat cheese
- 8 – 10 thin slices butternut squash, from the ‘neck’ end
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
- Sauté walnuts, shallots and sage in 1 tbs olive oil until tender and lightly browned. Set aside
- Heat chicken stock to boiling in a small saucepan.
- Stir in polenta and cook, 5 minutes, stirring, until very thick.
- Stir in walnuts, shallots and sage.
- Spoon the polenta into 3″ (7cm) rings or make free-form circles, flattening and smoothing the polenta.
- Allow to cool while you do the squash.
- Sauté butternut squash slices in 2 tsp olive oil until tender, 7 – 8 minutes
- Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar, turning to coat.
- Remove and cut into quarters.
- To assemble:
- Remove the rings if using and put polenta circles on 2 plates.
- Divide the goat cheese and spread on the polenta.
- Top with butternut squash slices and serve.
I can get a wee bit cranky this time of year…..
Possibly because our weather has gone from sunny, dry and warm to rainy, wet and cold. Our forecast for the next week is:
- Rain Showers
- Light Rain
- Intermittent Rain
- Light Rain followed by Heavy Showers
- Steady Rain
Obviously, the weather forecasters need a course in creative writing.
Perhaps they could learn from the writers portraying women on TV.
Why, on a legal show, do the male lawyers all wear well-tailored suits with shirt and tie while the female lawyers all look ready for a cocktail party with low-cut fronts, backless backs, and skirts up to their, er, thighs.
I’m all for people being allowed to wear what they want, but whatever happened to dressing appropriately for the situation? And why do women ‘get to wear what they want’ but men don’t?
Actually, my real question would be – is this how people dress in real-life business situations? When I was working I normally wore a skirted suit or, rarely, a conservative dress…. Not because anyone told me to but because I wanted to be taken seriously so I dressed seriously.
Do female cops where 6 inch spike heels to work everyday?
I have a hard time picturing a real officer chasing someone down a rain-slicked alley in a skin-tight skirt and $500.00 designer spikes.
Well for more than a few feet, anyway.
Is there a spike (?) in work-related sprained ankles?
The newest show mon mari found to watch on Netflix has a pretty, petite blonde CIA agent running down a cobblestone street in spike heels with her waist-length hair flowing out behind her, chasing 3 bad guys.
- Walking on cobblestones is challenging; running on cobblestones in spike heels would simply not be possible.
- All those flowing tresses have to be in the way and have to perfect for the bad guys to grab on to and snap her neck with and yet she manages to beat them to a pulp while whipping all the hair around most provocatively..
- Earrings dangling to her shoulders? Really? The bad guys could rip those out, too. But don’t.
One last thing…..
The female lawyers either carry a purse the size of a small car ($3000.00 designer bags) or none at all.
Female cops never carry purses….
It would make sense if, in place of a bag, they wore clothing with pockets.
But they don’t.
Where do all of these working women keep stuff? Phone, wallet, keys, make-up….. etc.
I realize it’s all pretend….. But couldn’t we pretend they’re real?
Oh – yes, I know why mon mari likes the new show….. I’m not stupid.