Wednesday, July 22, 2009

First I Grew It, Then I Ate It

The first taste of my very own home-grown green beans. Delish! I stand in the garden just eating them fresh off the vine most afternoons, actually. So sweet and tasty.

The giganto zucchini will turn into zucchini bread tomorrow. I didn't pick it in time and don't like to eat squash this large. And the "world's largest tomato" is just making me giddy! None of my others are even close to turning red yet so this baby is quite the symbol of hope at the moment.

Monday night's dinner was kabobs. Very simple, cooks quickly and makes a tummy smile. This photo is actually of the leftovers that I ate Tuesday for dinner. Just as yummy. I saw Sandra Lee make something similar recently. Of course I didn't write down her recipe- it wasn't that complicated. As usually I "winged" it. Alternated chicken (that I marinated in the leftover jarred marinate living in my refrigerator), canned pineapple, red pepper, zucchini and onion (that I nuked in the microwave for a few minutes first so that it required less cook time to get nice and sweet). Then I made a glaze/dipping sauce with the pineapple juice, a bit of vinegar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and then some cornstarch to thicken. Use part as glaze and part as a dipping sauce. Mmmmm!

And while I am trying to watch my waistline, I wanted to make a little something for desert. I don't know why but I had a craving for homemade turnovers. Odd considering I've never actually made them. But in comes the beauty known as frozen puff pasty.

I have this habit of coming home from the grocery store with random items. A can here, a funny looking fruit there. So a while back I saw a can of strawberries. It just struck me as funny. I've never before seen canned strawberries. So of course I bought it. Thinking it would be tasty on cottage cheese or something. So instead of a topping, I emptied the entire can into a small pot. Added a touch of brown sugar (but just a touch as it was fairly sweet to start) and a few dashes of cloves. I have a love affair with nutmeg and cloves. Lots of my savory/meat dishes include a dash of nutmeg. I don't know why, I just love it. Sweet often gets a dash of cloves. But you could easily add cinnamon or ginger or nothing at all. I let it come to a boil. In a small dish I mixed together a few tablespoons of water and a giant tablespoon of cornstarch. Then added it to the strawberry mixture. Stir until it becomes both thick and the milky color disappears. Take it off the stove and let cool.

Let one sheet of puff pastry thaw in fridge or on counter (just be sure to cover in plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out). Once thawed, roll smooth on lightly floured surface. Cut into four equal-ish squares. With a pastry brush, moisten all four sides of each square with either water or egg wash. I find that turnovers rarely have more than a smidgen of filling- a pet peeve of mine. So I pretty much went over-board. And learned that while it was a great idea to divide the filling mixture four ways, it was a bit on this side of crazy. But tasty all the same. So fold in half and seal with a fork all along the two sides. Brush the tops with either water or egg wash and then sprinkle with white sugar. Bake in pre-heated oven at 400 until they look golden brown on top- maybe 20-25 mins. Let cool a bit before eating. Remember that the insides are going to be a bubbling 400 degrees!

They might not look like much, especially with the leaking filling situation. But I promise it is the tastiest desert ever. Your guests will be impressed, trust me!


Bridges and Bites said...

Oh, that looks absolutely delicious! I love eating home grown vegetables. I think I'll be making some zucchini bread tonight!

QueenBeeSwain said...

GREAT title- I laughed really loudly! thre is nothing better than fresh home-grown produce in the summer- esp when it's grilled!


Seersucker Scrapper said...

Thanks for the great recipes. It's amazing all the things you can do with puff pastry!

Princess Freckles said...

That looks delicious!!!

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Ms. Green Thumb!! Way to go! What a feast!

Jill said...

Everything looks so delicious. I've always counted myself lucky that I love veggies. I know so many people who don't (including two of my kids). All that fresh garden produce is so delicious!

Annie said...

oh yummym, yummy!
now i'm starvin!

Unknown said...

The strawberry and puff pastry dessert looks delicious! I love how you just whipped it up, so impressive! I wonder what it would be like with ice cream? (I like ice cream! lol
The kabobs look really good too! Home grown veggies tatse so good. It always amazes me how big the zucchini grow!


Ashley Lauren said...

YUM! The food all looks fantastic, especially the turnovers! My mother makes them with guava, so good :)

Sarah said...

Gosh that looks so good! I would have loved to have had a garden this year but we got into our house too late and it wasn't possible. But I have high hopes for next year!

Anonymous said...

Homegrown greenbeans are the best!


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