One knows summer is in full swing when the kitchen counter is covered in summer squash.
I have been harvesting them for 2 weeks now, and already have about 10 quarts of soup in the freezer for winter lunches.
I let them get about 10″ (25cm) long for using in soup – only because it saves effort on my part.
For vegetable side dishes I pick then at about 8″ (20cm) and for first courses I try for 5″ (12cm).
Here is a great article on growing and harvesting summer squashes if you are looking for some tips.
I have 4 different varieties in my potager: yellow, green stripe, white, and a chubby, mottled green that is going to be great for stuffing when the weather cools. I used a yellow squash for this dish.
I’m picking cherry tomatoes, too…. Soon the big ones will be ripe.
Sautéed Summer Squash with Cherry Tomatoes
Total time: 25 minutes
- 1 medium summer squash, about 8 ” (20cm), quartered the long way, then sliced
- 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/3 cup feta, crumbled
- 2 tbs fresh oregano
- 2 tbs fresh marjoram
- Sauté in onion in a medium skillet over medium until tender, 5 – 7 minutes.
- Add garlic, paprika and sauté 1 minute.
- Add squash and sauté until tender, 8 – 10 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and stir-fry another minute.
- Add herbs, feta, remove from heat and serve.
The bunnies ate my beans.
A week ago these frames were lush and green from top to bottom and full of flowers.
The baby bunnies fit through the chain link fence and they were coming in and eating the lower leaves, biting off the stems so the upper plant died. It was, obviously, a new batch of babies as the beans had been allowed to grow untouched for weeks.
I know it was baby bunnies because I saw them.
So I added chicken wire all around the base of the chain link…. except for a small patch by the gate.
I ran out of chicken wire.
The next morning there was a bunny, happily munching on the beans.
He had managed to find the small section with no chicken wire to get in. But he couldn’t find it to get out.
So he hid in with the winter squashes
I chased the stupid bunny from one side of the pumpkin patch to the other all morning.
I left the gate open so he could leave.
I had more chicken wire to finish the fence but I really didn’t want to fence him in…. I wanted to fence him out.
I finally gave up, and left, with the gate open, hoping that the hot afternoon sun and me being gone would encourage him to leave.
He did and I finished the fence.
Later that afternoon one of the guys from the chasse (hunt) came by with cages to trap the rabbits.
They’re not doing it for me, but for the farmer who’s crops are being decimated. My good fortune is merely a by-product.
He set the traps and that night we heard a few screams of bunnies being caught.
They ate my lettuce, my spinach, my chard and now my beans.
They destroyed the roses, the lilies, the rosemary, the lavender.and my herb garden.
So why do I feel sad at the thought of them being trapped?
I’m pretty sure they’re not going to be taken to a petting zoo to entertain children…..