Roasting winter squashes concentrates their natural sweetness.
Add a bit of salt (the Prosciutto), a bit of tart (the vinegar) and we have a lovely, fall salad
I used a small squash, making it an ideal first course..
Warm Acorn Squash and Walnut Salad
Total time: 45 minutes
- 1 small acorn squash
- 3 medium shallots, sliced
- 2 slices Prosciutto, chopped
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 8 large, fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
- 3 tsp cooking olive oil, divided
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tbs salad olive oil
- 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to finish
- Cut squash in half, through stem and blossom ends, and scoop out seeds.
- Then cut in 1/2″ (1.25cm) slices the short way.
- Mix paprika and 2 tsp olive oil. Add to squash slices and stir to coat.
- Lay squash on a baking sheet and bake at 400F (200C) for 25 minutes.
- While squash roasts:
- Sauté shallots in 1 tsp olive oil until starting to brown.
- Add Prosciutto, walnuts and sage and sauté until all is crisp and brown.
- Keep warm until squash is ready.
- To serve:
- Arrange squash slices on plates.
- Add salad olive oil and Balsamic vinegar to skillet with shallots, et all.
- Stir well and spoon over squash.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.
Mon mari has a new project.
We’ve never had a path from our little front gate to the house. It’s fine in dry summer weather but gets rather wet and muddy in rainy winter weather.
We decided a brick path would be nice.
Mon mari decided to make the bricks.
This is how many we have so far – about a third of the total needed. He makes a few every day, in his spare time… Two different colors (so far).
My garden is slowly succumbing to fall.
I picked the spaghetti squash the other day…. They’re curing in the sun in the garden, away from curious (and always hungry) dogs. They’re the 12 yellow ones.
I cut a few of the butternut today. My butternut squashes always seem to grow in two sessions. These 8 are the first batch. I’ll cut the remaining 10 in another week or two.
Remember my tomatoes? And the blight?
And all my work to save the tomatoes that were on the vine?
Well I managed to save most of the tomatoes and I was ecstatic.
Then the plants started growing again.
I wasn’t really expecting anything more….. I thought the plants were too weak.
I have more, bigger, better-looking tomatoes now than I did before the blight.
Fingers crossed that they ripen this fall.
What a bizarre garden year this was!