Monday, July 5, 2010

A Holiday Weekend Meal From the Garden

Nothing better than making a meal around your own garden produce. It's a little early for most of the stuff I planted, but there was enough to make a decent meal.
After picking and washing, there's a sweet green bell pepper that became available after a weeding mishap.  Some of that garlic.  Some leaves from the Napa cabbage, and a Savoy cabbage, the last of the radishes that had started to bolt, one of the sweet onions (variety 'Candy'), and the first of the aubergine kind of eggplant from the containers, a variety called 'Fairy Tale'.

Prepped and ready to go.  And it's always good to know about substitutes - pickles can be used in a pinch, instead of olives.

Seasoned the pork chops with the garlic, salt and pepper, and fresh rosemary sprigs, a variety called 'barbeque', picked also from the container garden.  Seared on both sides for few minutes, and finished in the oven for 30 minutes or so.
A quick saute of the onion, eggplant, and pepper in olive oil, seasoned as the pork chops, and flavored at the end with a spritz of lemon.  Lemon from the lemon tree, if you attended the Christmas party, you may recall the entrance foyer - they've been moved outside for the season.

Holiday Weekend Dinner for Two

Looking forward to the tomatoes coming in.  In a day, or two, I think for the first ones.


  1. Ran out of olives - pickle was the closest substitute, not that it matters, much; from Ogden Nash:

    A Drink With Something In It

    There is something about a Martini,
    A tingle remarkably pleasant;
    A yellow, a mellow Martini;
    I wish I had one at present.

    There is something about a Martini,
    Ere the dining and dancing begin,
    And to tell you the truth,
    It is not the vermouth--
    I think that perhaps it's the gin.