9 August 2008

Barbecued Patty Pan

I have designated today as BLOGGER APPECIATION DAY. I just wanted to thank all of the bloggers and friends in some small way who have continued to visit my site over the summer even when I have not been following your own sites as I would like to have.
As most of you know I have been working mega hours at the Easter Seal camp for the summer. It is a camp for challenged children of all age groups. The summer has been rewarding in many ways with many twists and turns. I have been lucky to have some time off to enjoy all that the Okanagan has to offer and to enjoy it as it should be enjoyed.
I feel that overall the summer has been enjoyable, challenging and productive. There is so much joy to be had seeing the children's happy and content faces each and every day. There is only 1 camp left so it is all coming to an end.
As I already mentioned I just wanted to put it out there how much I appreciate all your support over the past few months and I promise to get back to my regular routine of more frequent posting and visiting.
I was asked to post a recipe for the patty pan squash that I found at the farmer's market. They are just as "cute" as vegetables can be being only an inch to 2 inches in diameter. A Patty Pan is a small squash-shaped vegetable which looks like a flying saucer. If they're not available where you live, you can use thickly cut zucchini (courgettes) instead.

I am off for now...I hear the thunder and lightning and a storm brewing....so better take my raincoat..............

**Barbecued Baby Patty Pan Squash**
1 crushed clove garlic
1 T chopped fresh thyme
3 T of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
12 baby patty pan squash

Prepare a marinade with crushed garlic, fresh thyme and olive oil. Marinate squash. Place on barbecue grill and cook for 5 - 10 minutes, turning constantly. ( I used my barbecue skillet basket)

Serves 4
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  1. It's nice to know that you have been spending your summer in a place like that. I admire you. You are making a difference :)

  2. Val relax! You are doing wonderful work at the camp and that is important...I think it's fantastic and so is the squash cooked on the barbecue...enjoy the rest of your summer.

  3. I like the idea of blogger appreciation day. I appreciate that you still post despite your hectic schedule. And your squash look lovely.

  4. The squash , turkey , and beans look amazing. I wish I was this thei BBQ literally!

  5. yummy! I'm making something with all the fresh veggies I have here tonight. I'm just trying to decide WHAT!

  6. Hi Val,
    It's great to hear that you've has such an enjoyable, challenging and productive summer. I look forward to more of your delicious posts.

    x Nora

  7. I can't believe the summer is going by so quickly. I'm glad that you're able to take some time off. It sounds like the work you're doing is also very rewarding.

    Thank you for posting about Patty Pan. I actually bought some last week at the market. I thought they were cute, but wasn't sure what they were. I figured out that they were squash, but wasn't sure of the name. Now I know! I'm just working on a post that features my use of the Patty Pan. I figured I would just treat it like zucchini.

  8. Ooooh, thanks so much for this recipe! Those baby squash caught my eye on your prior post; they look so good. I've not made them before, and am looking forward to giving them a turn on the grill!

    I'm so glad for the update on your camp experience. My son leaves for his camp in a couple weeks (for children with epilepsy), and he's looking forward to it. I'm getting more and more nervous about it, and reading your post helps as it reminds me that this will be a good thing for him. Thanks again ... and hope the rain passed you by!

  9. You are a wonderful person and I am happy to call you friend.

  10. I am so impressed you still have time to cook but I guess you still have to eat! This is a beautiful dish and Happy Sunday to you!

  11. no worries, val--i suspect you'll always have fans!
    the squash is stellar--it looks so wonderfully tender, and i know my favorite part would be the browned bits. good stuff, keep up the good work!

  12. Val, you are amazing!! You are making a world of a difference in those kids lives. Thank YOU for also taking the time to share what you cook with everyone! The squash looks great!

  13. I hope you enjoy the last group at the camp. This is such a rewarding job. You'll be looking back in September and have wonderful memories. Have a great day.

  14. The squash mystery has now been solved. Psychgrad picked some of these little beauties up the other day and we were trying to put a name to a face. Thanx for this. They're so cute.

  15. We call those sqaush something totally different round these parts, and for the life of me, I can't remember what it is!

  16. I always admire those that give up their valuable time to help others! The bbq looks just super.

  17. Ahhh - blogger appreciation, really? That's good!

  18. What a great summer you've had Val!

    That whole meal looks wonderful!

  19. Aw, Val! I'm so glad to hear that you've been having a great summer! :) And those little patty pans are so cute! I've never seen those before!

  20. I call them spaceship squash! :)
    I think they are adorable!

    Don't worry about us, Val - you just do what you need to do! You are awesome and making a real difference!

    Enjoy the summer, Val!

  21. thank YOU for such a beautiful blog.

  22. My neighbor asked if I wanted patty pan squash - and I was so excited (no garden this year). She gave me one - huge one, about the size of a large mixing bowl... I don't think you're suppose to let them get that big... I haven't cut into it yet. I'm kind of afraid....
    And you're appreciated to - esp, I'm sure by all your campers!

  23. Thats such a rewarding job, good for you! And good for us, that you gave us the patty pan recipe!

  24. Hi Val - it's great to hear you've been having a great summer :)

    Rosie x


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