One of my favorite things about fall is that it’s finally cool enough in the evenings to turn the oven on.
I can make gratins…. and all sorts of other things that it’s too hot to do in the summer heat.
Plus, as the garden season starts to taper off I am more willing to combine vegetables and use them in less, shall we say, pure ways.
The first tomatoes of the season are only ever eaten sliced with, maybe, a bit of salt and pepper. By the end of the season I’m willing to do almost anything with them (within reason).
As always, we still love easy dishes.
Tomato Zucchini Gratin
Total time: 55 minutes
- 1 medium – large zucchini, 9″ long (22cm), sliced thinly
- 2 large, ripe tomatoes, sliced thinly
- 2 tbs fresh chives, chopped
- 2 tbs fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) shredded cheese
- 2 tbs olive oil
- Put 1 tbs olive oil in 8 or 9 inch (20 – 25cm) square glass baking dish and swirl around to coat bottom.
- Layer half of the zucchini, then half of the tomatoes, half of the herbs, half of the crumbs and half of the cheese.
- Repeat layers once.
- Drizzle remaining 1 tbs oil over top.
- Cover with foil and bake in 400F (200C) oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and continue to bake for another 15 minutes.
- Serve from baking dish.
We all know how much I hate to clean.
Apparently, that only applies to cleaning the house.
I have spent the last few days happily cleaning out our little woods.
I started the project to make sure there were no dead bunnies lying around.
I’ve been walking the dogs on leashes so they don’t chase (and catch) the sick bunnies, but, as the numbers seem to be dwindling, I was hoping we could go back to playing in the woods.
That is where we play our favorite game: Kibble Toss. I throw treats and they search and eat.
I just didn’t want them finding dead rabbits instead of the kibble.
As I was looking around for dead bunnies I got the urge to do a bit of trimming…. Tidy things up so to speak.
This is the far end, by their favorite plum tree. That’s the pile waiting for mon mari to drive the trailer around and collect it.
I was trimming low branches to make it easier for him to go in with the strimmer in the spring.
I’m so considerate….
There are 3 very big rabbit holes in the woods, just on the left side in this photo. It doesn’t look like they are being used any longer.
But you can see it’s a great place for the dogs to play.
This is the other end, with a much smaller pile.
I wanted to cut enough that I could walk through without hitting my head but not so much as to let in too much sunlight for the grass and weeds.
Now if I could just find a bit more enthusiasm for cleaning my house….