Summer Produce Goodness

Local Organic Tomatoes from Bio-Fruits
Like the lack of rain here in Eastern Ontario, I have been going through a bit of a writing drought.  It's not that I haven't been inspired to write anything, it's just that sometimes life gets in the way of my leisure activities.  I've still been cooking, but less inspired to write.  Back to the computer!  It's summer and the Big Green Egg is fired up most nights of the week.  My inspiration for many of our dinners comes from my bi-weekly produce box I get from Ottawa Organics.  Even though I preselect favourites, it is still a surprise for me when the box is delivered to my office every other Wednesday. 

This particular basket was brimming with things that would soon be available in my own garden, but a nice bridge until then.  I like to try and incorporate fresh vegetables into as many aspects of the meal as possible.  In this box were some snow peas, garlic, spring onions, new potatoes, kale, spinach and more.


The protein is usually secondary to all the lovely produce which must be used much more quickly than non-organic produce (from my experience).  The vegetable sides usually dictate which protein we'll be having for dinner that particular evening.  I decided to do a nice mashed new potato and mixed in some raw shredded kale and spinach.  For extra flavour, I added some shredded basil.  Which type of herb or greens you use is up to you.  Kale can be a bit troublesome for me at times (does a number on my stomach when eaten raw!), however, finely shredded and mixed into the hot potatoes with some EVOO and it was delicious.  The previous day I had made some tomato relish to go with some chicken.  I topped the potatoes with some of the leftovers.  The snow peas were my usual quick preparation - stringed, washed, sauteed with a touch of grape seed oil, then added some chopped garlic and a little chicken stock - steam for 2-1/2 minutes and they are lovely each time.  Bright green, fresh, delicious.  I can't wait to see what the next basket has in store.  My mind starts whirling the minute I see that blue Rubbermaid container.  We are fortunate to live close to such goodness.

BGE grilled Jerk Pork Chop, Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Snow Peas

Happy Cooking!

Special Mention - a friend of my husband recently lost his wife to cancer.  I was told she always enjoyed reading my blog and while I never did get a chance to meet her, I met her husband Rick and he expressed to me to the joy she got from my rantings.  You will be missed Eva.

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