Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A gentle joke

Zucchini Boats - again

With a glut of zucchinis, we call them courgettes, I decided to do something different and made these Zucchini Boats.

There are 2 steps in making them.  First you halve each zucchini lengthways and then you scoop out the seedy part in the middle.  The seeds are where a lot of moisture is so discard those bits.

Pop the zucchini into a moderate oven rubbed with oil for 15 to 20 minutes.  You don't want them to go soft or mushy.

While they are cooking, put a mix of the following together in a bowl:

Grated cheese
Cream cheese
Cooked rice leftovers
A small diced tomato (without seeds)
Some bell pepper
Spring onion (scallion) tops
Cayenne pepper
Fish sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper (not too much salt because the fish sauce is salty)

Take out the zucchini and fill each one with this mixture and then bake it again until they are golden.  Garnish with some fresh basil.

They were yummy.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Have a happy Holiday - for those of you in the USA

The Beach at Trouville – in Art

The pic at the top shows the beach at Trouville as it is today. It is in Normandy, France and is still a fashionable area.  This beach has been painted several times by famous painters including, Monet, Degas and Boudin.

This painting is imaginatively titled The Beach at Trouville.  It is by Monet (of water lily fame).  The figure on the left is probably Monet's wife Camille.  This painting dates from 1870.  I find it almost like a dashed off photo – it doesn't seem particularly composed.  In the middle of the painting there is an empty chair.  Fancy wearing that much clothing on the beach!

Beach Scene by Degas is quite different.  Much of it is thought to have been painted in the studio rather than at the beach.  It shows a young girl and her maid at the beach.

Boudin painted several Trouville paintings.  I have chosen to show you the equally imaginatively named The Beach at Trouville.  This shows quite a scene – all the fashionable ladies and men sitting quite formally at the seaside.  This painting was done in 1864.