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Monday, July 27, 2015

Mop Philosophy Monday

Dinner on the terrace.
In sixteen weeks that cedar hedge will be covered with snow.
 Someone said to me the other day "in sixteen weeks we'll have snow on the ground" and of course my first thought was What a Party-Pooper.  But then I realized that it's true... which means we definitely need to have dinner outdoors as much as possible.

On burger night I don't mind having the Maille jar on display, being so attractively French and all:
 The ketchup bottle is less charming to the eye so I always squirt some into a container, right now it's a Bonne Maman jar, again attractively French:
Bonne Maman jar holding Heinz ketchup.
 I served sweet potato fries with the burgers last week, that's one way to get orange vegetables into those Rascals:
Sweet Potato Fries: they always get a bit charred, maybe I need a lower oven temperature?
 I think we need to talk about zucchini.  As you may remember Molly Katzen's Zucchini-Crusted Pizza is one of my favourite recipes of all time.  I've discovered once and for all that it's even better when the zucchini has all liquid squeezed the heck out of it.

Squeeze the zucchini in a linen towel to get all of the liquid the heck out of it.
 I like that this recipe does some multi-tasking with the grater: first the zucchini and then the cheese:
 I mixed mine up with fresh herbs from the garden, basil mostly:
 Why not use parchment paper?  It makes clean-up a breeze:
 I layered it with a fresh tomato, some shallots and more basil:
 Then added piles of cheese and sliced brown mushrooms:
 When throwing raw mushrooms on top of an oven-cooked recipe I think we can all agree that a few glugs of olive oil are needed for optimum roasting:
 I served it with buttered parsley potaotes...
 ...and of course salad.
With more cheese, why not.
 In other news from the Mop Philosophy Kitchen I had to rescue our butter dish this week.  The lid fell on the floor and broke clean in half, you'll be happy to know all was well after some mending with Krazy Glue.
I was able to save the Emma Bridgewater butter dish with Krazy Glue thank goodness.
I think every household needs a tube of Krazy Glue kicking around, how about you?

I hope your week is off to a fine start.  I'm going to be doing plenty of cleaning and organizing before we head off on a trip later this week.  I'll let you know how it goes, especially the organizing: I've got a couple of projects up my sleeve.
Take Care Tooties,
xoxDani

31 comments:

  1. That zucchini pizza looks amazing. But I have been a terrible lazy cook the past two years. Need to get back into it. Funny about jars. I don't mind certain ones but need to decant others. Heinz salad cream makes me depressed and I don't know why but I love the mustard packaging of all brands so there is no rhyme nor reason. I am trying to get stuck in my projects to but i seem to be creating more mess. I need serious help. I have even forgone a trip anywhere to knuckle down but to no avail...x

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  2. Dear Dani.
    Now that zucchini pizza is the best substitute for my zuc fritters. Hooray! No frying pan!! And genius to throw those fungi on top too. I'll be keeping this one in mind once we get some warmer weather and crave fresher foods. Funny, how in 16 weeks you'll be seeing snow, and we'll finally be getting some pleasant days (and evenings!).
    Boy was I sure relieved to see that EB butter dish lid salvaged! Can't afford to lose those!
    Hubby once spent 10 hours sitting down and gluing my daughter's beloved glass unicorn (which her cousin carelessly decimated). There were hundreds of tiny pieces scattered everywhere. It was like doing a 3D puzzle with a pair of tweezers. Now the results weren't as flawless as yours, but at least it prevented that unicorn from being sent to heaven, and gave us some peace from the hysteria. Thank goodness for super glue!
    So dearest Dani, please be careful with your crockery!! :) Helen xx

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    1. Helen I broke another EB piece today ugh, so clumsy lately, it was an egg and feather print vase I use at Easter: krazy glue to the rescue again.
      That unicorn sounds a task, I don't think I'd have the patience for it, that butter dish was an absolute clean break so easy-peasy.
      Yes make it you'll love it and so will the family. XO

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  3. Naomi I have to constantly motivate myself to cook especially in summer because we're out often and it's easy to get into that habit... and also who wants to be stuck home with projects but try tackling them methodically one at a time. I'm getting a bit more work done on the house and I'm dreading the mess but it has to happen. I think going through a big reno as we both have done in the last couple of years makes one want everything to stop around them even if it all piles up in a mess, so I hear you. Try a clipboard and list, all efficiency to convince yourself. XO

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  4. Dani the zucchini pizza looks and sounds so delish! Veggies are at the top of my culinary list this summer!! Enjoy dining al fresco!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Ceramic Artist Leah Bowring

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    1. Karena I know me too, going for the veg and trying to resist the snack foods of summer XO

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  5. Julia C advocated squeezing grated zuke so you did the Right Thing; our zucchini are just coming in this week, I think, as the sugar snap peas have passed. Looks amazing!

    You cannot run a household without KrazyGlue, that's for sure.

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    1. Lane I didn't know that but of course our Julia was right about that and everything else too. Your garden must be amazing just now. XO

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  6. When I use Crazy Glue most of it winds up sticking my fingers together. However I do have good luck with rubber cement - just last week fixed the straps on a beloved pair of fuchsia suede sandals, and the only difficult part was finding a store that still sells rubber cement. Now I'm madly looking for other things to re-glue before the rubber cement dries up in the tube.

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    1. Fred I've done that too, the Krazy Glue pen helps with that problem. Rubber Cement: now there's a brilliant thing, yes keep fixing it's so satisfying. XO

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  7. Hi Dani, your garden meal looks lovely. I love sweet potato fries - especially with a dip made from mayo, sriracha sauce and lime juice. My husband loves grilled zucchini, but I get a little tired of it - that pizza is an interesting way to use it. Happy organizing!

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  8. Hi Dani, your garden meal looks lovely. I love sweet potato fries - especially with a dip made from mayo, sriracha sauce and lime juice. My husband loves grilled zucchini, but I get a little tired of it - that pizza is an interesting way to use it. Happy organizing!

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    1. Patricia I find zucchini can be watery and bland, even grilled, okay that dip sounds very yum indeed, I might have to try that. Thanks I'm working on stuff and I've got help arriving tomorrow thank goodness. XO

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  9. The pizza looks delicious! I think we get so much more out of our summers knowing that winter is looming.

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    1. Jen we must grip every single sunny day, so true. XO

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  10. Your garden does look lovely and your tables always do....and always like how you work in those blues in with the sunflower yellow.
    Whatever became of that charming 'shed' post reno...?

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    1. G I totally forgot about that, I've really dropped the ball on a few projects around the house and garden and I'm just getting going now, my little bro arrives next week with his family which has lit a fire under my ass! Time to get moving and beautify. XO

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  11. Hi Dani. You are so right that we must take full advantage of the warm summer nights. That pizza is making me very hungry. Your meals are always so visually pleasing and look delicious!

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  12. Oh isn't this post a breath of fresh air?! Yes, the snow will be here soon...so we must enjoy these fleeting moments! You're enjoying them quite beautifully. Isn't it funny how pieces like those brass candelabras, picked up in a flash, end up being favorites?! They look as lush in your dining room as they do outside!

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  13. Love those blue and white plaid dishes! Are they actually dishes or are they paper/plastic/disposables?

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  14. Dani, that looks scrumptious. I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but I couldn't tell if you used the zucchini for the crust, or if you added zucchini to the crust. ( I have celiac, and am always interested in flour- free recipes : ) I zucchini instead of pasta, but never tried it instead of a crust- if I am reading your beautiful pictures correctly.

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  15. Looks like a great dinner...
    I re-use the Bon Maman jars too.
    In Paris they have single serving Bon Maman jam jars which I wished that I had saved and brought home with me.
    BTW This post is making me hungry!

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    1. Hostess, while I can't deny the charms of another trip to Paris, just an FYI that a few of the more luxe hotel brands, like Ritz Carlton, now do Bonne Maman mini jars with room service in North America. It's a 30 gram size and you can also pick them up in sets on EBay quite regularly for small coin. (They are a bit of a trend for spices in French Country kitchens etc.) An example: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/27-x-30g-1oz-BONNE-MAMAN-EMPTY-JAM-JARS-/331611550963

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  16. dani that pizza looks so so good. and it's only 7:30 am here! love dining outside in the summer too. the views here are quite spectacular off the deck! i think i'm gonna finish this cup of coffee there now. :) also, did you see where people are using those pretty jam jars to transport mixed cocktails to picnics. good idea right?! x

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  17. More dining al desko than al fresco around these parts this week. But in general totally on board with seizing and squeezing every second from oh so fleeting summer and its bounty. How lovely that your bro is chez vous soon!

    Re. the sweet potato oven baked fries: use enough oil with a high smoke point, don't go any hotter than 425 and don't roast too long, use upper 1/3 of oven or whatever will put further away from main heat source, if you have two racks, you can also protect them with an empty baking tray above. Rotate the tray and flip the fries at least once during baking (with their high sugar content, these potatoes are a bit like baked goods.)

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  18. I have CLEAN THE HOUSE on the calendar for tomorrow and Thursday...............somehow I think that will HELP ME to actually DO IT!
    Your zucchini recipe looks delicious........did you say how long to cook it?I will go check as I think I will make tomorrow!!!
    Millie Grazie..........and thank You for your lovely comment on my BLOG!XX

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  19. That zucchini crusted pizza looks amazing! I was just at the Riverdale farmer's market and one of the farmers had gigantic zucchinis that were as large as watermelons. I was tempted but couldn't think of what of I would use it for. Thanks for the recipe idea! And yes, I agree, must enjoy every last drop of summer, even if it is boiling hot in TO right now.

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  20. Hi Dani,
    Sorry I have been away for so long. All this cooking looks really, really yummy. I agree the Maille mustard has an attractive jar :-)
    I like very much the carbonara zucchini recipe from Jamie Oliver, usually goes well over here...
    I hope your summer has been good so far.
    Take Care
    Steph

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  21. I'm finally catching up! Hello! I'm sad to hear about the Bridgewater smash - I loath smashing china, it makes me so sad. Glad you could rescue it though. I do love the little dishes and the upscale way you've added the ketchup to the outdoor table though. Your whole outdoor setting looks beautiful and it's so nice to enjoy eating outside while you can. We didn't do enough of it last Summer in the evenings - too many mosquitos! But maybe this Summer I will get organised with the coils etc and we'll do it more often. I do enjoy a sundowner drink in the garden though, it's the nicest thing about summer. xx

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  22. I really appreciate your professional approach. These are pieces of very useful information that will be of great use for me in future.

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  23. Bom diaaaa, adorei seu blog!! nada como dar o nosso toqque, adoro faça você mesmo, ótimas dicas!!Parabéns...
    Também adoro decoração, de uma passadinha no meu blog assim podemos compartilhar ideias e dicas...

    http://fifiacrocheta.blogspot.it/

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