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The Moveable Feast is a Personal Chef Service that serves the Hampton Roads area of Southern Virginia. This blog is an extension of my web site www.themoveablefeastpcs.com and will go into more details about food and any food service industries. Any pictures and or recipes that are published here are all the property of The Moveable Feast unless otherwise noted.

Monday, July 17, 2006

KISS
Keep It Simple Silly!
I work all day as many of you do and when I get home more times than not, I am dead on my feet. I think it's even more stressful for me because I am in the food business and have three part-time jobs (really four) that all involve food in some way, shape or form. My first job is of course my personal chef job. Second is working a local chain grocery store where I work four days a week in two different departments. Third, I do a food demo once a month on a Saturday for about three hours. I have been doing this one for three years. The fourth job is only one day a year (at present) teaching ServSafe classes to personal chefs who attend my association's national conference once a year. So you can see that my mind is going a thousand different directions at once; sort of like being the mother of small children.

I may from time to time use things that aren't homemade and come from a jar. I know, it's awful, but you have to do what you have to do. Last night was a "jar" night. I used to Newman's spaghetti sauce and ground beef to make spaghetti. I really didn't feel like a salad and have something from the garden that I needed.
So dinner was basically on the fly.

I bought three basil plants from organic store at the farmer's market and they finally took off. I am so afraid that they will go to seed so I am thinking of anything but Pesto to use up the basil while it's pretty. While I think Newman's spaghetti sauce is great, I needed to kick up the flavor a notch so I picked some of our basil and threw it in.

Then I have to use these.

Yes, they did come from our little suburan garden. I am shocked at how fast they are maturing so I am searching for lots of ways to make recipes with cucumbers. This is one that just came to me. I know I must have eaten a version somewhere in life and remembered it was a mixture of flavors. Luckily I had all the ingredients that I thought I needed.

I made a cucumber and tomato salad. I was lucky enough to find two vine ripe tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients are usually on hand. I used some apple cider vinegar, a pinch of granulated sugar, canola oil, salt and pepper and some dried dill weed. All those ingredients were whipped up in a small bowl and then poured over quarter sliced cucumbers, tomoatoes and some small diced onions. I let everything sit in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, gave it a toss and I had my side for dinner.

As usual I can not get the final picture to post. I have tried all day but Blogger will not let me post it. So if I can go back and amend the post at a later date I will post the final picture of the Cucumber and Tomato Salad.

5 Comments:

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Tina T-P said...

Hi Vickie - Your dinner sounds pretty good - altho my pasta w/ham & peas & cheese sauce has made my DH very happy for the second night in a row (hooray for leftovers) Your cucumbers look lovely - I haven't had too much luck with dahlias in my garden the past two years, maybe I'll try cucumbers & tomatoes next year -
I was wondering if if it would be OK for me to put a link to your blog on mine. I'm assuming it's only polite to ask before one does that... Enjoy that tomato & cucumber salad - maybe you need a little feta cheese on there too? :-) Tina

 
At 3:17 AM, Blogger vlb5757 said...

Tina, it would be great if you put a link for my blog on yours. I will put yours on mine too. I am so slow at doing things here working six days a week.

I would kill for some feta cheese on anything but I am lactose-intolerate so cheese isn't added to much of anything often. I sure do miss eating it!!

Cucumbers have grown like gangbusters here. We have never grown them before so I am not prepared for how fast they mature! I picked two more yesterday and I found three more babies. I really need to find more cucumber recipes!

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger michelle said...

It sounds wonderful, and even without a picture I can imagine how fresh and cool it would taste. I wish we could keep a garden (dumb deer.) so the we had lots of produce with so many possibilities before us. And hey, we ALL use stuff from jars all the time!

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger vlb5757 said...

Michelle-I have tried and tried to get pictures to load and frankly, it's a crap shoot most of the time. Today I got four to load on a new post; yesterday nothing. I get up at 5:30 am and can't get anything to post. Yet, I got stuff to post at noon. Go figure! I have no idea why it's like this but it's driving me nuts!!

I scared the rabbit out from underneath a butternut squash leaf yesterday. He was so scared, he ran into the corn patch and peed. I just sat there and starred. I didn't want to give him a heart attack; peeing was enough. Do you think that will make my corn grow better??

 
At 9:27 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Vickie, that sounds good! I would use some basil for a caprese salad, one of my favorite things with basil.

I was having lots of trouble with posting pics for a few days in a row last week, but I finally figured out that Internet Explorer was probably the culprit in the whole mess. When I switched to FireFox (made by Mozilla and is a free download), everything went up, no problem. And of course, since I figured out the problem, Explorer has been working pretty well. Go figure, huh?

 

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