Sunday, 13 May 2012

Summer Harvest Festival

Verdure Miste Meditteraneo
Mediterranean Vegetable Platter

I almost began to worry that my plan of not getting any new groceries yesterday, as I normally would have, and managing to live off the remaining odds and ends in my fridge until I leave on Wednesday, would prove to be my undoing. Well who knew that I would have such a wonderful weekend of delicious treats?!

Like this incredible and tasty dish of mixed vegetables here, which looks- and indeed WAS, pretty amazing! What you are looking at is a half of a zucchini, a half of a bell pepper, 5-6 cocktail tomatoes- and the rest came out of the standard jars that I always have at home- olives and capers etc. Another favorite of mine are these giant-sized Greek beans, which are not available to buy fresh anyway. And with these few ingredients, I managed to cook up this wonderful combination of goodness! Does that sound good?

This is a really quick, "flash in the pan" of a recipe and would taste great hot or cold now that the weather is finally warming up. I began by sautéeing the peppers in a little olive oil, with a pinch of sugar, for 2-3 minutes, after which I added the zucchini slices. I seasoned with salt, pepper and a hint of cayenne. I also added a little finely chopped garlic and squeeze of lemon juice- together these went to make a great flavor base with the sugared peppers... but there was plenty more yet to come!

Next I added the olives, capers, Spring onions and tomatoes. The onion and the tomatoes were cut into slices to reduce the cooking time. I added a handful of chopped parsley and thyme and another good squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil... and voil√°! With a little toss together to get everything evenly mixed- dinner was served!


  1. The dish is delightful-looking, and the plate is almost as lovely! Is that "FS" I see there?

  2. Haha Lou Anne, I wish it was! Not quite at the point that I have personalized plate wear yet- but maybe one day! Glad you like it and so glad we got to meet today!!! Best wishes and thanks again! :-)