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    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Mad about Zucchini Noodles

    During my grain free cooking project, I came across  Zucchini noodles
    You may have noticed!!!
    Browsing through the recipes, that come into my mailbox every morning
    I found this on the Epicurious Site
    So here is another version of the fabulous Noodles, it is also a version of Ratatouille
    Served with Lamb once again
    Perfect match
    Once again another Gluten Free recipe

    It seems like a bit of work but it’s worth it
    You can prepare earlier it's good at room temperature
    I have changed the original recipe.
    The noodles were supposed to be served raw
    I wasn't happy about that so I lightly sautéed them
    Also I cooked the egg plant in batches
    Half with the tomatoes
    The second half I cooked separately, to get a different look
    I loved adding the raw cherry tomatoes at the end
    Nice colour and texture

    2 medium zucchini made into noodles
    2 teaspoons sea salt

    1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon honey 

    Sea Salt and Freshly ground black pepper
    3/4 cup basil leaves

    5 tablespoons olive oil divided
    2 garlic cloves think sliced
    1 egg plant cut into quarters and sliced  divided into two

    2 large tomatoes quartered and seeds removed
    10 cherry tomatoes halved
    1/4 cup pitted olives I used green

    First make the noodles
    place them in a sieve and salt them
    Leave them for about 10 minutes
    Squeeze out the liquid and set aside

    Then make the dressing
    Whisk Lemon juice, honey, pepper 1/2 cup basil sliced, 3 tablespoons olive oil 
    and pinch of sea salt
    Set aside
    Prepare the eggplant and large tomatoes
    Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of Olive oil in a pan over gentle heat
    Cook garlic gently until it turns golden brown
    Remove with a slotted spoon and add to dressing

    Increase heat to medium heat and add eggplant and the first lot of tomatoes
    Stirring occasionally, until the eggplant is browned and cooked through
    The tomatoes will soften
    Season with S & P and transfer to a bowl and cover with the dressing

    Add a little more oil to the pan and brown the rest of the eggplant, don't forget to make sure it cooked right through
    Raw eggplant  NO!!!
    Add to the rest, along with the cherry tomatoes and the olives
    Finally throw the Zucchini Noodles into the pan and toss them around for 2-3 minutes
    just to soften

    Check seasoning and adjust if necessary
    Add to the rest,
    Toss and throw the remainder of the basil on top
    I can see a Frittata coming up with the leftovers

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