I don’t feel much like cooking when the temperatures climb above 38C (100F).
Actually, I don’t feel much like eating, but one must carry on…..
With the meat and potatoes handled by mon mari, outside on the barbecue, I can usually manage to do a quick stir-fry of something from the garden.
And there is almost always summer squash of some sort and chard in the garden.
I say almost always because everything came to a screeching halt this week in the heat. A few tomatoes ripened, but the chard quit growing and the squash and beans quit blossoming which means they quit producing.
After 4 days of extreme heat today is cool and we’ve had lots of rain. Hopefully, my potager will be happy and start being productive again.
In the meantime: Zucchini Noodles. I refuse to call them ‘zoodles’ and I only call them ‘noodles’ so people know what I’m talking about. If there were zoodles then spiralized carrots would be coodles and potatoes would be poodles and…..
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Pesto Zucchini Noodles
Quickly stir-fried in a skillet these spiralized zucchini noodles are made with purchased pesto for a quick summer side dish.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Summer Vegetables
- Cuisine: American
- 1 zucchini or summer squash, about 8″ (20cm) long
- 1 tbs butter
- 1 tbs salad olive oil
- 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 3 tbs pesto
- handful fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- Spiralize zucchini into spaghetti strands.
- Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add shallots and sauté until tender, 4 – 5 minutes.
- Add garlic, cherry tomatoes and sauté briefly
- Add zucchini, basil, and sauté another 3 – 4 minutes, until tomatoes are soft and zucchini is just tender
- Remove from heat, add olive oil, pesto, toss to combine and serve.
I use the larger size round noodle for these. If you use a smaller diameter you may want to reduce cooking time. Take them off the heat before they start rendering too much water. It works best with a large skillet so the noodles fry quickly rather than steam
Keywords: zucchini noodles, zoodles
This is what my potager looked like last week, before the canicule (heat wave):
Who knows what it will look like after tomorrow when the heavy rains and thunderstorms are finished….
I did manage to pull all of my shallots and half of the onions before it got too hot to be outside.
It’s a much better harvest this year. The rabbits didn’t eat all the tops when they were young.
I still have half of my onions in the ground. Strangely, they didn’t seem at all affected by the heat.
Time to start braiding….. I have to make room to pull the rest.