Friday, October 7, 2011

Medley Dinners

  These dishes are basically an "everything in the fridge" kind of meal. Our CSA veggies from Fertile Grounds Farm in St. Agatha are to-die-for! Their flavours are so clean and crisp that it's almost a shame to alter them too much when cooking. After using half a pumpkin here and a quarter of a broccoli there, we finish the week with a fridge full of odd bits of veggies. The solution? Steam, roast, fry and toss it all together. My go-to is frying a big red onion in local soya oil, adding chopped garlic, tossing in a starchy vegetable, simmering everything in stock then adding the remaining veggies (beans, peppers, spinach, asian-greens, etc) in order of cooking time. I might throw in some cooked lentils and/or diced chicken too. At the end, stir in a handful of chopped fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley. These dishes never turn out the same. Once I added a minced jalapeño pepper (yes, I took out the seeds and pith) but our mouths were still on fire by the end of dinner. I learned my lesson with local, organic chillies, haha. If you take anything away from this post, it's that none of your beautiful summer veggies should go to waste. You'll regret it come winter time!

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