Whee! We made it!

veggies-dec-2016Happy 2017!  It sounds like a science fiction story … aren’t we supposed to all have flying cars and inter-planetary holidays by now?  I’ve just gotten back from a holiday in BC where it is mild and rainy so while I am delighted to be back at work … actually getting to work through all this wind and cold and white stuff is a bit of a shock.

Naturally, my mind turns to thoughts of something warm and comforting to enjoy as a reward for yet more shoveling and I was surprised to notice that we have not yet featured one of our staple entrees …

RATATOUILLE

Sautee briefly

1 large red onion, sliced

1 bulb fennel, sliced

2 T minced garlic

¼ c olive oil

 Take off the heat and add …

6 cups canned whole tomatoes

Wash, cut into large, attractive chunks…

4 c zucchini

Toss with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and 1 t oregano and roast in a 350° oven for 10 minutes

Do the same with …

4 c multi-coloured peppers – but roast for 15 minutes, stirring once

Do the same with…

up to 4 c eggplant – but roast for 30 minutes, stirring several times

Add all of the vegetables to the tomato pot along with

2 T puree of fresh basil (or 2 T dried)

2 T lemon juice or red wine vinegar

2 T sugar or honey

Salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste

Bring to a simmer and let simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve over pasta or rice or with a good, crusty bread.

 

This will bring back memories of mid-summer and the vegetable bounty of those fleeting months.  Even mid-winter, our farmers have ways of making us happy though … look at the wonderful radishes they grew this year and passed on to us in December!

purple-radish

Don’t you now wish you had bought a CSA winter share?

Enjoy the nascent year … 2017 is going to be a great one!  Let’s be careful out there and take care of each other!  ❤

 

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One thought on “Whee! We made it!

  1. Hazel Wills says:

    Hi Susan Ooh what a colourful start to 2017, love the picture. Also many thanks for the calendar you sent, I always look forward to the artwork, we hang it on the dining end of our little kitchen so it gets looked at every day. We have snow forecast for tomorrow but as the sea is only a mile away it is often rain instead. The Isle of Wight is also supposed to protect us a bit, we can see it as soon as the ‘bus turns the corner to go to Lee on the Solent, always a treat. Usually lots of yachts around as Cowes is just across the water, a great yachting place. We are lucky to live here, especially as there is a brilliant butcher, fish and chip shop, plus all the shops we need for everyday needs. The surgery ten minutes’ walk away and the ‘buses the same. We have free ‘bus passes as well… A happy and healthy 2017 to you and all in the kitchen and keep up with the good work. Love, Hazel and Geoffxx

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