Saturday, June 1, 2013

What Didn't I Think of This Before?

Didn't get to the grocery store.  Tired.  Hungry.  You know the drill.

You do the best you can with what you have, when you have it.

Boil some spaghetti, add salt to the water.  When it's done, you drain it.

Saute half a small onion and one clove of garlic (mashed) in olive oil.

I had a smallish zucchini, so I grated it.  Fairly small pieces.  Squeezed the liquid out.

Add it to the frying pan with onion, garlic, and olive oil.  Let it sit for about
10 minutes.   Start checking at about 8 minutes.  You are looking to cook the veg and add a little char, which is why you don't mess with it too much.  Add a tiny sprinkle of white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Turn it over,  Let it cook another  5-8 minutes.  Again, you want a little bit of char.

Put the spaghetti on a plate.  Add the fully cooked veg.  It will have cooked down enough, it acts as a sauce for the spaghetti.  Add  a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.   Make a simple green salad: lettuce, any kind of crispy green veg (cucumber, celery, and green onions, maybe), a lot of fresh, chopped parsley,  and some olive oil, S & P, white wine vinegar.  Add bread, as you desire, and  berries, for dessert

You can use any kind of green veg for the sauce: brussel sprouts, spinach, green beans, other summer squash, broccoli.  I just used one kind of vegetable—it's what I had.  Mix to your heart's content. Just make sure the dice is small, so they cook evenly.

It's just the most elegant, flavor-full, beautiful, simpliest of dishes.

Just what you want for summer.


  1. That's one to keep in mind when it's been "one of those days".