Continuing with cooking projects this morning
September 23, 2022 10:56am CST
As you may already have read in my previous discussion, I have been busy slicing up zucchini and pattypan squashes, eggplant, and onions. I stored them in the refrigerator so that I can access them easily. It is 8:30 this morning and I have already been in the kitchen this morning slicing more vegetables. This time, I sliced thinly sweet red and orange bell peppers, a red jalapeno pepper, and several cloves of garlic. As well, I sliced a potato, and I chopped up some cabbage. The peppers, onions and garlic all were sauteed in a pan with some olive oil, and I added some containers of diced tomatoes, some capers, and a spoonful of anchovy paste to the entire pot. This will be the sauce that I layer with the eggplant and squashes to bake as a squash pie or ratatouille. I just need to get a few things to assemble it all and don't have the proper cheese.. The cabbage and potatoes are all being sauteed with a few slices of hickory bacon. I will just have that for lunch or I may save that concoction and have it with scrambled eggs this weekend for breakfast or lunch. I have a few other things to start prepping because it's time to get that stuff out of the refrigerator and freezer, but I will wait until later this weekend, when I've started to use some of the other things. Tonight, I will make some steamed fish for dinner to have with a salad. I have lettuce, cucumbers, and tomato that I would like to use up. So, that's what I've been doing this morning, and I haven't even had my first cup of coffee yet!
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I cannot eat fried food too often. I never did care for fried breaded vegetables either, as I take the coating off and eat the veggies inside. I did the same with tempura, though I could handle a little bit. But nowadays, the breading on any of that kind of thing is too filled with fat/oil and my digestive system/liver/pancreas cannot digest that sort of thing. Sounds good, though. I think this will be the last year for me to work this hard with produce. It's at the point where I'm not enjoying it right now. ROFL
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@TheSojourner — that Cooper, he’s a hard taskmaster. I can’t eat a lot of fried stuff anymore, either. That’s sad because I really miss fried green tomatoes. I asked one of the restaurants I frequent in the Smokies if they could bake the tomatoes or broil them, and they didn’t want to. I told them I’d pay, regardless of how they turned out, but they said no.
I enjoy fresh vegetables so much, I know prepping them ahead really speeds things up for meal time, too. I cooked a bunch of tomatoes down and blended them. I chopped onions, cut off some corn, chopped celery and some green beans, too. Diced up some fresh celery and carrots. Had a huge chunk of steak from when the neighbor gave me a few from his cookout that got rained on, he had cooked them but he made too much. He hates leftovers, so I inherited several cooked steaks. This one was a whopper! Added peas and potatoes, too. It all smells wonderful and it is going to steam in the gigantic Crock Pot until tomorrow. I always add barley, too. I always make way too much vegetable soup, but it never goes to waste, it can easily go in the freezer for future fast meals.