Good for your heart foods
This is a simple cold soup that is great as a starter course or light lunch. Serve with toasted bread to dip.
Avocado Cucumber Soup
- 1/2 lbs cucumber peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 ripe avocados
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 10-12 basil leaves
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
Cut 1 1/2 of the avocados into chunks and blend with all other ingredients until smooth. Chill soup for four hours then taste for seasoning and serve garnished with thinly sliced remaining avocado half.
Sauce or no sauce, that is the question
This is another simple fruit filling that can be used for many different desserts. Or stuffed into crepes. For another fruit option and the basic crepes recipe go here.
The sauce can be spooned over the crepes before baking, or they can be dusted with cinnamon or powdered sugar.
- 2 cups pitted chopped cherries
- 1 oz sambuca
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup halved cherries mixed with 1 tsp sugar
- Batch of crepes
In a sauce pan add chopped cherries, sambuca, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and then simmer until thick. Remove from heat. On each crepe place 5-6 cherries and one tablespoon sauce in center and then roll up. Place each rolled up crepe in a greased baking dish. Continue until out of crepes. Top with more cherry syrup, cinnamon or powdered sugar and bake at 350 degrees until crepes are golden brown. Serve hot.
Green is good
This drink takes advantage of pisco, a clear brandy, to give the classic mojito a twist.
- 2 oz pisco
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz lime juice
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 3 oz soda water
Muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice, simple syrup and liquor in a Collins glass. Add ice. Top with soda water.
Eat those babies
This is a great, quick and healthy way to cook baby eggplant inspired by a recipe in Curry Easy. Do not overcook or they get gummy.
Sweet and Sour Baby Eggplant
- 5-7 baby eggplant quartered almost to the end caps
- 1 tbsp white whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp finely chopped ginger
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- Olive oil
Soak sliced eggplant in water for 30 minutes. Drain and dry with a towel. In a large frying pan toast cumin seeds with flour until fragrant, about one minute. Remove from heat and add ginger, cayenne, cilantro, two tablespoons water, salt and pepper. Mix into a paste and then spread into eggplant. Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Brown eggplant, add two tablespoons water and cover. Steam for 5-7 minutes, until eggplant begins to soften. Mix sugar with lemon juice and two tablespoons water. Mix well and add to pan. Continue to cook over high heat uncovered until thick, about three minutes more. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.
Red red wine it’s up to you
This is my go to marinade for steaks. It can be reduced for a sauce if desired or discarded after the meat is grilled. This is enough to season two 1 1/2″ thick steaks.
Red Wine Marinade
- 1 cup good dry red wine
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1/8 cup hot sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 basil leaves torn by hand and quickly crushed
- 1 ground star anise
Mix everything in a storage container. Season steaks with salt and pepper and submerge in marinade. Flip every four hours and marinade at least eight hours.
Those are some big leaves
The butternut squash are doing great and there’s no sign of the pest that decimated every attempt at summer squash. I guess it helps that butternut are resistant to bore bugs. I should have put the plants into cages though, they have spread through half the garden and over the rosemary plant. Next year.
Here are a few shots of the garden.
Get red, peppers
See, the tomatoes get it
And take a peak at the final garlic harvest. Time to start braiding and drying.
That is a lot of garlic
We love, love, love this time of year. OK, not the heat and the bugs and the humidity, but the vegetables we find in the garden and the fresh shelled peas we can buy at the farmers market. Almost makes up for the miserable weather.
Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Stacks
What I wished a Big Mac looked like
Summer Corn Pudding
This is too hearty for dessert
Purple Hull Peas
We put out the extra fancy drinking glass for this meal