Yesterday was such a beautiful day; temperatures were in the low 70’s when Bulldog Man and I pulled out the lawn mower, bagger, and weed whacker, to tackle the grass on the property. We were able to bag most of the front, part of the side, and all of the back of the property.
In another couple of weeks, we won’t be worrying about cutting the grass. It will start turning colder and the grass with die off until spring. Both Bulldog Man and I will be looking forward to the break of cutting the grass.
We picked a few of our chocolate peppers (actually, Bulldog Man hit the plant while cutting the grass around the garden boxes and one of the limbs’ broke off). Instead of wasting the peppers, we harvested the seeds (I have even pulled some for SciFiChick), and chopped the peppers up to place in dinner.
What’s for dinner???
Talk about delicious and somewhat healthy, I made a pasta primavera with pasta, various vegetables and some parmesan cheese.
3 carrots cut into thin strips
2 medium zucchini cut into thin strips
2 yellow squash cut into thin strips
1 red pepper cut into thin strips
1 yellow pepper cut into thin strips
3 chocolate peppers cut into thin strips (I put these in because we broke a branch on our plant)
Olive oil to your taste (preference)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dried herbs de Provence
1 box of bowtie pasta
Cherry tomatoes cut in half (you select how many to put in, I used 12
Parmesan cheese (to your liking)
Salt and Pepper (to your liking)
Place all cut up vegetables, except the tomatoes, on a baking sheet, coat the vegetables with Olive oil, red pepper flakes, herbs de Provence, salt and pepper, and bake at 400 degrees until cooked thoroughly, about 20 – 25 minutes. I like my vegetables slightly crunchy. Boil water and cook the bowtie pasta for 8 minutes. Strain pasta when done cooking and make sure to save a cup or two of the pasta water. Place pasta in large bowl, dump roasted vegetables over the pasta, put your tomatoes in the bowl, and mix gently. Add Parmesan cheese to bowl and serve hot. If you want to have more liquid to your dish, pour a little of the pasta water you saved over the dish.