Guest entry by Jo Pavlov
I'm sure Linda is rolling her eyes right now, aching back, dirty hands, sweaty brow... in from harvesting REAL veggies, wondering what in the hell that Jo is on about. :) Hey, this former city girl has come a LONG way!! Not only can I take a stab at identifying these mystery foods, but I actually EAT THEM! A far cry from that kid... I mean teen... I mean twenty-something... I mean thirty-something... who was afraid of anything other than potatoes and carrots.
Speaking of which, I turned 41 last week. You are NEVER too old to try new things.
I used the trusty ol' mandoline slicer to slice it up (not sure if you were supposed to go vertically or horizonally, so I did both. Making rounds is better), added some of Linda's tomatoes and onions, and some store bought asparagus and decided to try grilling. I've had some success on my grill with asparagus, but I was a bit scared of the squash and the consistency of it, so I cracked out an old cookie sheet. Good thing it was old, as the BBQ kind of toasted it, but ... mmmm... the veggies came out fantastically! I had put them in a large gallon baggie, drizzled oil on them (I don't even have olive oil... I think it was just canola, but it was fine... I'm no oil snob) and sprinkled on a generous helping of a seasoning I love called "Borsari". God only knows what's in it, but it's salty and delicious. Shook up the bag until everything was coated, and fired up the grill. Sizzled them on the sheet on the BBQ and browned a few on the side to give grill marks.