Thursday, July 29, 2010

At the Table...

For dinner last night, I prepared braised cucumbers, sauteed beet greens with caramelized onions and roasted garlic and panko breadcrumb-crusted chicken breasts. (On the side and not shown above was a salad with a raspberry vinaigrette.) I've really been enjoying cooking with all the fresh vegetables from the garden. It has done a lot to expand my culinary horizons. I've had to be creative in my usage of all the vegetables, so they don't go to waste. It's forced me to learn lots of new recipes and prepare dishes that I've never attempted before.

10 comments:

Barbara Bechtel said...

You never cease to surprise me with your recipes Andrew! I've been looking for a cooked cucumber idea. I'm tired of pickling and cucumber salads. What is the texture of a cooked cucumber like?

heather noye said...

This looks SO GOOD!!!

kate mckinnon said...

The beet greens look particularly gorgeous. I think of you every time I make a meal.

SueBeads said...

You are an artist through and through!

Alice said...

Mmmm, it all looks so delicious! I've been trying to use up all the sweet corn and peaches we've been given. There's nothing better than fresh produce!

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

When we joined our CSA it completely changed how I cook having to figure out ways to use all those veggies! Your meal looks delish :)

Lynette said...

BRAISED CUCUMBERS ?? Whoa !! I am going to try that tonight. I grew up on cucumbers,tomatoes, corn, and strawberries, and I've never heard of Braised Cukes! Yum! You are an amazing child of the universe Andrew. It was your cooking that led me to your writing almost a year ago, and I'm still reading, and smiling. Thanks for sharing your talent and gifts. Love, and Blessings

Andrew Thornton said...

The braised cucumbers are actually not my own recipe. Of course, my execution of them was my own since I don't own a copy of Julia Child's cookbook... but I heard mention of them on that movie, "Julie & Julia" and have been interested in trying them out ever since. Apparently "they make all the difference".

It's hard to describe the texture of the cooked cucumbers. They very much have that cucumbery texture. The flesh firms up a bit more and the seeds become a little harder and the area around the seeds becomes a little more jelly-like. I imagine that if you don't like the seeds, you could scoop them out beforehand.

I cooked mine in bacon fat and butter.

SilverNikNats said...

mmmmmmm now I'm hungry

Rebecca said...

Looks delicious! Especially the greens I think - YUM.