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…..Print
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.