Tomato Mushroom Beef, Secret Recipe Club, month 6

Month 6 of the Secret Recipe Club. This month I had a brief meander down memory lane at La Cocina de Leslie. It was like being back in Andorra! Not that she lives in Andorra….. Or even on this side of the pond. But she is an expat, living in Mexico, and her recipes are in … Continue reading…

Tian de Courgette; meanderings

This is the last recipe from my French courgette (zucchini) collection. As with the others, it was incredibly simple, just using the best, fresh ingredients of summer. Of course, I modified it just a bit…. I left out the aubergine (eggplant) and added mozzarella. What can I say… we like cheese. Tian de Courgette Total … Continue reading…

Zucchini Tomato Bake; meanderings

The freezer is stuffed with tomatoes, soups, jams and vegetables. My counter-top is filled with more squash and tomatoes. The chard is growing fast and furiously. I’ve combined them all in every way I can think of. Now I’m working on the repeats….. This was simple – slice and bake. I used a yellow summer … Continue reading…

Sautéed Chard with Tomatoes; meanderings

When I first planted chard I planted Rainbow Chard…. Lots of different colors of stems and leaves. I got the seeds in the U.S. The next year I saw the seeds here in France. The packet was listed as an ‘ornamental’ and I got enough seeds for a 3 foot row. The following year I … Continue reading…

Zucchini Caprese Boats, meanderings

We’re back. We actually got back Sunday evening. Monday I watered the vegetable and herb gardens, did the weekly shopping, did a lot of laundry (it was very hot) picked 4 days worth of tomatoes and zucchini, went through 350 emails, picked 3 kilos of little purple plums (the size of cherries) and turned them … Continue reading…

Caprese Burgers; meanderings

Caprese Burger

Caprese means ‘in the style of Capri’. The word normally refers to the famous Caprese Salad of ripe tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, and fresh basil leaves. I’m pretty sure burgers are not common food in Capri, but I’m taking poetic license in naming my burgers. I am using all the correct ingredients…. I just added a bit of … Continue reading…

Zucchini Soup, making soups for the freezer

My potager has rallied. Sort of…. I’ve controlled the late blight but it’s not possible to cure it. I’ve spent many hours cutting off diseased leaves and branches and tomatoes, followed by spraying. At one point some of the plants were totally bare of leaves but full of green tomatoes. I wanted to keep the … Continue reading…