Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ham and Walnuts; powerless

Vegetable gardens are not for those who like predictable order in their life.

My potager is doing it’s very best to teach me to go with the flow; accept what is and quit striving for what isn’t; be patient and at one with nature; and so on…..

None of that is easy for my anal-retentive self but I am making progress.

Life is really so much easier and less stressful when one starts being more accepting of what is…..

This year, for the summer crop, my zucchini produced nothing, my tomatoes were late and now have blight, the green beans were acceptable.

For the fall crop, the spaghetti squash (our least favorite of what I plant) produced twice what I expected, the butternut squash produced half, the gold acorn squash are big and beautiful, the green acorn squash are tiny.

Well….. if they’re not big enough to stuff for a main course they’re the perfect size to stuff for a starter or side dish.

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ham and Walnuts

Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 small acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2oz (60gr) mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 slices prosciutto or other dry-cured ham, chopped
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, broken in half
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs maple syrup

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Instructions:

  • Place squash halves face down on a baking tray and bake in 400F (200C) oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Or microwave for 5 – 7 minutes. Shells will ‘give’ to the touch when they are ready.
  • Remove and turn over.
  • While squash bake heat butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Sauté shallots 5 minutes then add ham, mushrooms and walnuts. 
  • Sauté 5 – 10 minutes longer or until everything starts to brown.
  • Remove from heat and add maple syrup. Keep warm until needed.
  • When squash are ready divide mixture and fill each squash half
  • Return to oven for 5 minutes, just until heated through. Serve.

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It’s not hot any longer.

Along with the storm that brought in the cooling temperatures we got lots of rain and high winds.

And lost electricity……

Normally we watch an hour or so of Netflix at the end of our day, before we start thinking about dinner.

We couldn’t because that’s when the storm hit and I had to disconnect the internet. Our house is on a hilltop and very susceptible to thunderstorm / lightening damage. I’ve replaced 2 computers and 3 routers due to not unplugging promptly enough. Yeah, I know, I should have learned the first time….. But the storms can sneak up on us.

Back to the story….

We couldn’t watch Netflix without internet and we couldn’t watch TV because the storm was interfering with the satellite.

Mon mari remembered he had some movies recorded from last winter.

He found the classic ‘Dial M for Murder’. It was a dark and stormy night – Hitchcock seemed to fit.

Unfortunately, it was at the end of the recording session so he had to do a bit of fast forwarding to find it.

We settled down to watch.

The lights blinked.

Everything in the house went off and came back on within a second – except the recorder.

Mon mari spent 5 minutes turning everything back on and finding the movie again.

Five minutes later the lights blinked again.

Everything in the house went off and came back on within a second – except the recorder.

Mon mari spent 5 minutes turning everything back on and finding the movie again.

Fifteen minutes later the lights blinked again.

Everything in the house went off and came back on within a second – except the recorder.

Mon mari spent 5 minutes turning everything back on and finding the movie again.

You see where I’m going with this, right?

While he was fast forwarding to the right spot in the movie, yet again, 5th or 6th time, he grumbled that he was not going to do it again.

And he was right….

The power went off and stayed off for 18 hours.

He cooked dinner on the grill, as usual, and we ate by candlelight, as usual.

We got ready for bed by flashlight.

We read our Kindles in the dark.

This morning we got the generator out to plug in the fridge and freezer….. And make coffee.

Then – I couldn’t check emails or watch the news or look at my Facebook feed.

It was raining so I couldn’t go outside to work.

I resorted to (gasp!) cleaning.

I really wasn’t in the mood to actually clean the house. I mean, that’s something I need a few days to psyche myself up for.

So I cleaned the insides of the kitchen cabinets and pantry shelves

I feel so virtuous…

Last update on September 14, 2016

4 thoughts on “Stuffed Acorn Squash with Ham and Walnuts; powerless”

  1. How strange!! I got zero zucchini squashes too! The first batch wasn’t completely surprising. Someone (who shall remain nameless – suffice it to say that his name begins with T) forgot to water when I had to go away for several days. But the second batch planted from reputable garden center plants also produced nothing except a few flowers, that served as midnight snacks for backyard visitor(s) – we still don’t know if it was the raccoons or the possum that roam through the neighbourhood.

    Power outage isn’t fun, is it? But at least the power was off when it was warm and you could still cook outdoors in comfort… or rather, semi-comfort. It’s not entirely easy to grill while holding an umbrella that keeps going inside out, is it?

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