Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meat?! We Don't Need No Stinkin' Meat!

Winter Vegetable Casserole

After a full day of sewing without issue, my trusty Singer decided to start abusing the top thread, so I headed into the kitchen to stare at the pantry for a half hour.  Then, I let all of the cold air out of the fridge (my parents were always going on about that).  Back and forth, staring at food and recipes, and I just couldn't put together a meal in my head.

Finally, after cleaning the kitchen, cursing the sewing machine, and spending a bit of time surfing Eat Cook Share, I decided to put my Nuclear Fallout squash stash to good use.

Taking my fingers' lives in my own hands - wait, that doesn't work.  Anyway, I got out The Mangler, our carnivorous mandolin that's missing its guard, and grabbed everything that I thought might be tasty coated in garlic and olive oil and tossed into the roasting pan at 450 degrees.  Chayote, yellow squash, grey squash (it's really green and white), aubergine, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, zucchini, carrots, red onion, tomatillos, garlic, fresh thyme, rosemary, tarragon, and marjoram from my window herb garden, and tossed it all in my special, cardamom, garlic, and lime-infused olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and ground mustard.

When the whole house smelled great, I took the pan out of the oven and scooped it into individual casseroles, then topped them all with mounds and mounds of cheese.  I put brie on mine, and Lou picked cheddar.  Oven set to broil, we gave them ten minutes to bubble and brown, then a half hour to cool off enough to snarf.

Only problem: I made enough for a family of 8, so there will be lunches sent out with the workers in the house, and I'll have my vegetable intake quota made for the next three days.

My uncle didn't even try it - not surprising.  He's very picky.  I'm not sure he's eaten anything green since Kennedy was president.

Tomorrow will be easy: Moroccan-slash-Lebanese.  I have to learn to make naan...


  1. That looks amazing... i'm a sucker for caramelized veggies. Top 'em with melted cheese and I'm weak in the knees.

  2. I'm with this. Zanne and I contemplated grilling steak or chicken to go with this, and we were both of a mind to just eat veggies. I've got another serving in my bag for lunch now...


Scram, bitch, I'm on a break.

Recent Meals

  • Grilled (in the rain) marinated top sirloin w/my Steak Frite and London Pub Sauce
  • Fried chayote
  • Roasted aubergine, zucchini, and yellow squash
  • Soft garlic sandwich rolls, and we made meatball sandwiches
  • Sirloin rubbed with cardamom-laced Turkish coffee
  • Chocolate truffles w/rum and bourbon
  • Petit fours
  • Florentine cookies drizzled with chocolate
  • 13-Bean soup w/parmesan rind and leftover ham
  • Apple spice cardamom muffins
  • Guinnes-injected pot roast
  • Cran-blueberry corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs - basic, but always a hit in this house
  • Hummus w/roasted garlic, olive, red pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Veggie stirfry w/julienned baby carrots, green peppers, garlic, chickpeas, and balsamic, served over Chinese Black Forbidden Rice
  • Ginger-carrot cake
  • Ginger cranberry mojito
  • Lime-cranberry-mint-strawberry seltzer
  • Lavender-mint iced tea
  • Trip to Beirut: Shish taouk, shish kebab, halvah, garlic naan, rice pilaf w/figs, raisins, and pecans, w/my famous lemon-mint-garlic Lebanese potatoes
  • London Broil w/a wilted spinach and mustard green salad with a bacon, balsamic, and mustard dressing
  • Sweet and red potato pancakes w/zucchini and peppers w/chicken apple sausage
  • Italian wedding soup w/homemade croutons and meatballs
  • "Rock the Casbah" Cardamom, Ginger, Apple Pork Roast w/Armadillo Rice (for you fans of The Clash who remember the cover of Combat Rock)
  • Individual Quiche Lorraine
  • Prosciutto-wrapped beef cubes w/mustard pan sauce
  • Chicken Sausage w/garlic naan and dijon mustard - Lou and I were really drunk.
  • Salt potatoes, mixed fingerlings, lightly mashed, with lot of butter
  • Focaccia w/garlic, onions, mozarella and cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary and lavender bread
  • Spicy greens and spinach salad w/fresh mozzarella pearls, strawberries, and a strawberry vinegarette
  • Polenta casserole w/cheese and squash baked IN acorn squash halves