Some thing we all strive for, or at least should strive for as we get older, is to know ourselves.
When I was younger I used to enjoy spending hours in the kitchen cooking. In the 2 or 3 or 4 hours leading up to dinner I would happily bone chickens, make pasta from scratch, do fancy vegetables, and so on.
I am no longer happy to do that.
Well, at least I no longer want to do that in the hours leading up to dinner. If I can do it in the afternoon and put it in the slow cooker, or pop it in the fridge for last minute cooking, fine.
But I know myself well enough to realize I don’t enjoy the last minute stress of getting it all together.
Still, after years of complicated, fancy dinners it’s hard to break the habit.
Which is why I love it when I can make a dish like this, with a simple pan sauce, start to finish, in less than half an hour.
In that same half hour I can toss some potatoes and veg in the oven and be done!
I’m really starting to like ‘easy’.
Veal Scallops with Green Garlic and Capers
Total time: 25 minutes
- 12oz (360gr) veal scallops
- 2 tbs flour
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbs butter
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 5 green garlic, sliced
- 2 tbs capers
- 4 tbs fresh lemon juice, (1 lemon)
- Combine flour, lemon pepper, and paprika in a flattish bowl.
- Heat butter and oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Add green garlic and sauté until tender. Move to the sides of the skillet.
- Dip both sides of veal scallops in the flour mixture and add to skillet.
- Sauté for 5 – 7 minutes, turning once.
- Add capers, lemon juice, heat through and serve.
Getting our pool installed has neither been fast nor easy.
And we can attribute all of that to the rain.
This is the state of the installation last Saturday:
That is still the state of the installation.
The end covered in sand is level. The other end is being dug out so it can be the same level. He’s had to dig out about 8 inches at the far end.
On Saturday we had a thunderstorm.
And it rained.
Between Saturday and Wednesday we got about 6 inches of rain. The dug-out areas you see became full of water and stayed full of water until this afternoon.
Work will start again tomorrow.
That is the third rain delay we’ve had this spring.