The other night, as I was preparing the usual summer melange of tomatoes. chard and white zucchini, and wondering what new and innovative idea I could come up with I decided to hell with it….
Sometimes, one can stare at the day’s pickings from the garden and just not be the least bit inspired.
Mon mari had already started his … Continue reading.....
Aren’t these pretty?
These are heirloom ‘climbing beans’ called Selma Zebra.
I love green beans that aren’t green.
They’re so much easier to find among all the green leaves.
If someone could come up with bright red or orange beans it would be even nicer.
Please don’t tell anyone…. but I like American Pole Beans better than the … Continue reading.....
I haven’t done a chard post in a bit….
I’m guessing it’s been about 9 months since I picked the last of it.
It’s been slow to start this yeas (as has everything else), but it’s finally getting big enough to pick.
Could it be that summer is here?
Warm Barley and Chard Salad
Total time: 30 minutes
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While I’m waiting for my lettuce and spinach to get large enough to pick we have to be happy with other types of salad.
Fortunately, we were more than happy with this one.
One of the best finds since we’ve moved here is quick-cooking barley. It cooks in just 15 minutes and is just as hearty and chewy as the … Continue reading.....
The quest for delicious couscous recipes continues….
Fortunately, it’s a fun quest.
Couscous is great for summer – it requires no cooking, just hot stock.
Dress it up with anything that suits your fancy!
Couscous Feta Pilaf
Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 cup couscous
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 6 cherry tomatoes
- 6 olives, any type
- 1 ounce
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We all know I love barley.
And that I’m rather fond of Caprese Salad.
Well, why not?
Barley with Tomatoes and Mozzarella
1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup mozzarella balls, cut in half
2 tbs fresh, snipped chives
2 tbs fresh, snipped basil
2 tbs good olive oil
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In honor of Canada Day today and Independence Day on Monday I'm re-posting my absolutley favorite, picnic-perfect, hands-down best ever pasta salad.
Long, long ago in a place far, far away I made a pasta salad for our family reunion.
This was an annual event in the old, Mid-Western tradition of family reunions, with aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, grandparents, grandkids, … Continue reading.....
We're traveling in Italy: new recipe; old story.
Sometimes, for us Expats, even English can be a foreign language.
When we moved to Ireland we lived in one of the tall, skinny, attached houses that so typify the British Isles.
On the ground floor we had a living room, a small dining room and a Hobbit-size kitchen that was tucked … Continue reading.....