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C.S. Lewis

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Cooking

 Sunday is never a leisurely day for us.  MrBP is in his office trying to get things off his desk and prepared for the week ahead while the phones are quiet.  I am often in the office in the afternoons, cleaning and organizing, sometimes just general maintenance and other times bigger projects (right now I'm trying to restore the floors).
Once back home in my kitchen it's time to deal with the remainder of the vegetables that arrived earlier in the week from our local organics farm, before the whole cycle begins again on Tuesday morning.
Pfennings Organics Tuesday Delivery
This was this past week's delivery.  I really like buying directly from the farm because we get so many vegetables for such a good price, and it's the freshest and most local source.  I've been doing this since I was pregnant with Lil Rascal 16 years ago, I cannot believe how the time has flown.

Of course subscribing to a service like this means that you do not get a choice about the vegetables, so when I unpack them on Tuesday morning I need to have a look and figure out what I will be cooking for the week.
By the time I get to Sunday I had better use up whatever is left before it wilts away!

My Precious
 I almost don't want to bring this up because I know that my friend Anna26 for one is going to be a bit sad, but I've had to retire the copper stock pot!  There's a new pot in town, and it's a very large Le Creuset enamel pot in an oyster grey colour.  (The interior of the copper pot had worn away to the point that the copper was exposed to the cooking which is basically like cooking your food in poison.  I have it stored in our downstairs pantry where it is admired for the object of beauty it is.)
There's a new pot in town.
 This past week I cooked up some stuffed butternut squash, I really like the smaller ones for this dish:
 I roast the squash, cut in half and placed upside down on a baking sheet covered in parchment.  After half an hour or so in a 325 oven I remove them and let them cool enough so I can scoop out the insides.  Set the shells aside while you sauce shallots or onions with any other vegetables you want to add, this time it was zucchini and a few mushrooms.  Then add in the scooped out interior, saute a bit, throw in some chestnuts if you have them and re-stuff the shells. Slide them back into the oven for a quick 15 minutes or so of further roasting.

This time of year we get so much kale with our delivery and this week I made a kale and farro dish for lunch one day:
 I simply cooked the farro to the directions with a shallot added in, then for the last five minutes or so I added some finally chopped kale.  Salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle with some shelled pistachios and voila, a super healthy green lunch.
Someone is waiting to go for her walk!
How do your Sundays play out?
xoxDani


12 comments:

  1. Just taking a break from marking. Alas, that beauty met her end. I think I told you that I have a collection of antique copper pots in all sizes (many I bought at markets when we were living in Europe). I put plants in them - right now I have two at either side of the fire place filled with pointsettias - they look gorgeous! Love that stuffed squash idea! You will be receiving leeks this week I imagine - I have had them six days in a row! Anna26x

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    1. Anna26 as you know it was bound to happen at some point. Your plant pots sounds so lovely I might have to steal that idea. Leeks, how perfect, nothing better paired with potatoes. Good luck with that marking xx

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  2. The stuffed squash looks gorgeous. I am about to retire some of my pots. I thought all stainless steel was induction friendly but alas that's not the case. I am about to get an induction range, I think. It's on sale and I can have credit with no payments for a year. A bit scared to make the leap!

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    1. Ann I don't know a single thing about induction so I'm no help! Well I have heard you have to be mindful of the pots because not all work, does it operate on magnets or something? Stuffed squash is very yummy and while a humble dish it somehow feels special. xx

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  3. Hi Dani, your new grey pot is very pretty - it is ombre, or is that just how the light is falling? We usually go to Mass on Sunday morning. Recently it was moved from 9 am to 8.30 am, as we share the church with a French parish and they moved their Mass forward. I'm not a fan of the early start (we used to go at 10 am, that was fine), but actually it leaves so much more of the morning free. Today we are writing Christmas cards and letters and wrapping some gifts for the mail. We haven't even decorated the house yet!

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    1. Patricia clever eye it is ombre! I like the tradition of mass on Sundays because it sets a feeling for the day. Not our family's tradition however (even though I tried!). But I think it's so nice that you go with your husband, such a good morning. You're good for doing the Christmas cards, I'm terrible with that! Hope you're had a lovely day and don't worry about decorating there's plenty of time for that it's still early xx

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  4. Sunday is a busy day in our house too, despite my efforts to make it calmer. I try hard to make it a day of relaxation. There is too much to do ahead for the coming week unfortunately, especially if I'm traveling. I love seeing pictures of that beautiful range. It is truly a piece of art!

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    1. SD the La Cornue continues to amaze me and I stare at it sometimes truth be told. Ugh our Sundays are not the day of my dreams, too much work and obligations and I guess a busy week demands the prep time. But I have a dream of long Sunday lunch and family gatherings... not going to happen except for twice a year to be honest. Look forward to those times though! Thanks SD xx

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  5. Sunday’s are busy here because my little boy plays golf and I do all the food prep and laundry for the week and in the afternoon mr ff flies back to Sydney where he is involved in a Long Long trial. So Sunday’s are a bit sad here! I try to garden and read. But there’s always a lot of admin xxx

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    1. FF we're full-on with the admin on Sundays too. Long trials, well I can relate and I know it's not a happy time, it's a lot of stress to tell the truth. As you know when The Law calls it calls hard.
      The commuting is a special kind of of difficulty though. Our Sundays are not a festival and I have a feeling they should be, but celebrate where we can is the motto, also Work Hard Play Hard.
      Your little boy playing golf! This is so good, great sport, outdoors, skill, and friendships. I luff it. xx

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  6. The kids both had friends over and I caught up on work. We always have a big family dinner in the evening and then a relaxed and early night. I love Sundays! Xx

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  7. I Like to stay HOME on SUNDAYS.........and putter.GARDEN, LAUNDRY........COOK.
    Knowing all to well I will need to go to the grocery store on MONDAY!

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