Tag Archives: Grilled veggies

Cottage Life

I want a cottage, I have always wanted one. They are like comfort food to me, they make me long for childhood days, full of good memories.

This yearning started early, I was six when we rented our first cottage on Lake Nipissing with cousins. Then when I was nine my Father rented a cottage on Cape Cod, memories of salt water, outdoor showers, fried clams have stayed with me. A visit later when I was thirteen sold me forever when Martha’s Vineyard stole my heart. There have been many cottages in between that I have loved and I don’t need a cottage on the Cape, anywhere will do really.

Of course I realize that these times have left their mark in part because of the food, picnic tables full of friends and family, corn on the cob, watermelon, burgers. The planning neccessary when one must take their own groceries.

This past weekend we spent a day at a friend’s cottage on Fraser Lake in Gatineau, it’s peaceful, easy feeling started those yearnings again. Our gracious hosts treated us like royalty, and we really appreciated the break it gave us away from the city.

Carol created a feast of roast lamb, pan seared salmon, grilled zuchinni, peppers stuffed with feta, black olives, red onions, and a fresh tomato salad. A lot of the veggies we ate came right from her garden. It was simple fare, dressed with fresh herbs and oils, that we enjoyed with cold beer.

Long leisurely afternoons by the lake, there is nothing really like them is there?

The Veggie Grill

I just spent a wonderful week in Cooperstown, New York watching my 13 year-old nephew play baseball. I spent time with my own family, my brother and older nephew, my nieces, sister and brother-in-law and my parents.

Something we all do very well together is eat. I had great plans to create all these fabulous meals during this trip. While we did eat some good food together (and not in the local restaurants), we were on the move a lot watching two games a day, so my creative was kept at a minimum.

One thing I did cook for everyone is a veggie grill to go with some chicken breasts I marinated. A combination of chunks of peppers, thinly sliced potatoes, purple onion, feta or goat cheese, olive oil and fresh herbs wrapped in foil ( don’t forget to puncture the foil wrap with a fork) and cooked on the barbecue is always a huge hit. I wing it every time and just guess the amounts based on how many guests I have.

Try it, they’ll love it.