I finally pulled my tomato plants up this week. They hadn’t really been producing many tomatoes, and the ones I picked were not very flavorful.
It was time.
About a month ago I had my last big crop.
It was big, the tomatoes had lots of flavor, but they weren’t very pretty.
They tended to have lots of cracks on … Continue reading.....
I've had a bad day (see below).
I made this in August and loved it.
I don't have any zucchini left, but, as I'm in the mood for comfort food…. I think I'll try it with chard tonight.
I need comfort food!
Barley, Zucchini and Goat Cheese Casserole
Preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes
- 1/3 cup quick-cooking barley
- 2/3 cup
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The cool rainy weather followed by warm sunshine have done wonders for my Rainbow Chard.
I've mentioned in prior posts that Americans use the leaves and discard the stems while the French use the stems and discard the leaves.
We eat it all.
But the two parts require different cooking times.
The leaves I treat like spinach: sometimes raw in … Continue reading.....
Everybody makes pasta salads in summer.
But why not be a little more creative?
Grains make wonderful salads (Tabbouleh?).
We love barley.
We love barley salad.
Grilling the chicken breasts adds an extra layer of flavor.
Teriyaki Chicken and Barley Salad
Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 3 tbs Teriyaki sauce or
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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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The weather has been lovely, warm and sunny (although we are desperate for rain) and has been busy painting and repairing.
One of the more challenging projects was to extend the shutters on the door opening onto Juliette’s Balcony.
There had originally been a door there; the former owners replaced it with a window and we replaced the window with … Continue reading.....
Who doesn't like whipped cream?
As it turns out, two members of our extended family don't.
There's also one that doesn't like truffles (the fungi, not the chocolate), one that can't abide rutabagas and one that thinks life can go on quite nicely without Dijon mustard.
Then, of course, there's yours truly, the foodie with the wimpy palate, … Continue reading.....
Every Sunday I haul myself up the treacherous barn stairs to do the weekly photos – and check-up on mon mari’s work.
To give him credit, he knows when I’ll be coming and tries to have something nice for me to post.
Also, to give him credit, in deference to my extreme dislike of such domestic duties as cleaning, he’s … Continue reading.....