Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A Stationary Feast

some time back in august when we were eating fresh stuff from the garden i noted our evening meal menus for a week. we don't have recipes. we have ingredients. i have left salt and pepper out of the lists, but not out of the food. most of our cooking starts with olive oil in a skillet. i've put in some basic prep and/or cooking steps. most of these meals can be ready in half an hour. ok. 35 minutes. yes, we grew a lot of zucchini, but never once made zucchini bread. i wish i had pictures of each of these meals, but i don't so this slightly photoshopped image will have to do.

thursday----zucchini/carrot/corn fritters (grate the zukes and carrots, add salt to the grated zucchini and squeeze out excess water, add matzo meal and egg, maybe some chopped onion, don't forget the corn, we add spices and/or herbs for either italian or chinese flavor, saute. a sauce might be nice), steamed rice with basil.

friday---zucchini soup with basil (steam zucchini, puree in blender with fresh basil, olive oil, serve with a dollop of sour cream, or a pat of butter, maybe some grated parmesan. adding cooked millet is great. this soup freezes well and is grand in the dead of winter), sauteed yellow squash.

saturday---boboli (prepared crust) pizza-- zucchini, mushroom, red pepper, onion, garlic (saute this stuff, arrange on boboli thin crust over warm tomato sauce (we like newman's cabernet marinara, so sue us) and grated mozzarella), add fresh sliced tomato, sliced onion if ya like, bake till the cheese melts. side of steamed clams.

sunday---sauteed tofu with nutritional yeast gravy (marinate sliced tofu in tamari, sprinkle on yeast, brown on both sides, remove from pan, deglaze pan with white cooking wine (we like dry sherry), add more yeast, a bit of butter, tamari or thick soy, stir in some chopped tomato, pour over tofu). steamed beets/greens and broccoli, steamed rice.

monday---sauted chicken, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, peanuts, garlic, with steamed rice

tuesday---stir fry tempeh, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, green onion, mushroom, peas, carrots, garlic, hot sesame oil, peanut oil, horseradish, dried red pepper, red bell pepper, serve over spaghetti.

wednesday---grilled chicken, grilled potatoes, grated beet/carrot salad

thursday---pot luck at friends, we bring zucchini soup and zucchini casserole (grated zucchini (add salt, squeeze out water), matso meal, egg, onion, garlic, spices/herbs you like)

friday---rosemary infused white sauce (simmer fresh rosemary in milk, turn off heat, let it sit for half an hour, in separate pan saute onion, red bell pepper, garlic. add sliced leftover grilled chicken from wednesday (or sliced, cubed raw chicken). make a roux in a corner of the saute, add the milk, simmer til thick) serve over pasta. baked butternut squash.

bon appetit!

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