Sunday, 12 July 2009

Summer vegetables and chicken kebabs

The thing about a vegetable box is you end up with a bunch of stuff you don't often cook and no real idea how to use them...

Kat and Matt do amazing things with their seasonal CSA boxes but when my veg box turned out to contain small turnips, I didn't have any mayo for the baby turnip slaw they made recently.

So I asked a few people and eventually made a sort of vegetables printanier. But it is summer, so I shall call it...

Légumes d'été
Serves 2 as a substantial side dish

2 bunched onions
2 courgettes
1 cup double-podded broadbeans
2 little turnips
4 tiny baby carrots
knob of butter
1/4 cup cava (or any dry white wine)
Black pepper
rosemary

Chop the onions and soften in the butter in a saute pan. Add the chunky courgettes, broad beans and cleaned and chopped carrots. Peel and chop the turnips and microwave for about 2 minutes to soften and speed up the cooking. Add to the saute pan and add the cava. Reduce heat to the smallest bubble and add a bit of rosemary. I meant to add dill but grabbed the wrong jar from the spicerack and the rosemary was just the most perfect flavour. When the liquid has almost all been absorbed/evaporated and the vegetables are just tender, season with black pepper.

We had it with some chicken thighs, marinated in garlic and lemon juice, skewered on soaked bamboo skewers and cooked on the Weber. The smoky flavour was wonderful, and worked perfectly with the sweet baby little crisply tender vegetables.

9 comments:

HH said...

Looks and sounds great FC! I will have to give that a go with vegies when there are some more little baby ones in the shops

kat said...

Such a great way to use your veggies! I wish we had gotten more of those little turnips

Foodycat said...

HH - it was good!

Kat - maybe there will be a second crop?

Lexie said...

Oh, those chicken kebabs sound so good! The garlic and lemon juice marinade sounds great!

maybelle's mom said...

Lovely meal. Love the mini-veggies.

Jordana said...

Fantastic way to use your veggies. One of my favourite meals. http://menumaniac.blogspot.com

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Foodycat, this looks sooo inviting. Can I come over to your house for dinner?? The asolute per summer meal.

Foodycat said...

Lexie - they were lovely! So juicy and tender.

Maybelle's mom - it was so healthy!

Jordana - thanks! It is a technique I will go back to.

Teresa - if you are ever in the UK I insist on it!

Debinhawaii said...

Such gorgeous veggies and perfect with the chicken kabobs!

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