A Good Home, Cooking, Ontario Root Vegetables, Recipes, Vegetarian dish

Idiot-Proof

“John”, I asked, “Can you send me one of your simplest recipes?”

“Yes, of course,” John replied. “As long as you’re fine with vegetarian. That’s what I cook.”

“I’ll cook anything, as long as it’s idiot-proof.”

I’d forgotten John’s famous attention to detail, evident in the grand home he’s restoring in Prince Edward County.

Blog Photo - Picton House Exterior 2

Painstakingly captured in photos….

Blog Photo - John's living room with sofa

Like this recipe he sent me:

JOHN’S RELIABLE ROOT RECIPE

“First, Locate and gather a selection of your favourite Root Vegetables . . .

Blog Photo - Root Vegetables1

Then Select a Nice Covered Baking Dish . . .

Take the Lid Off . . .

And see What Fits into the Dish . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Root veggies in dish unpeeled

Then Empty the Dish, Rinse it with Water to remove any Dirt . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Dish and Veggies

Begin with the Onions, which are essential . . .

Peel, and Cut . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Onions sliced

Dice . . .

And into the Dish they go . . .

Three Diced Ontario Onions . . .

(From Prince Edward County) . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Onions in dish

Next the Ontario Sweet Potatoes . . .

Cut the Ends off . . .

Peel . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - sweet potatoes sliced

Dice . . .

Add & Mix by Hand . . .

Two Ontario Parsnips are Next . . .

Lop the Ends off & Peel . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Parsnips peeled

Cut into Rings . . .

Add & Mix into the Dish . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Parsnips sliced

Next up are Three Ontario Carrots . . .

Ends Off . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Carrots unpeeled

Peel . . .

Cut into Rings . . .

Add to the Dish . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - carrots sliced

Mix by Hand . . .

Two Wonderful Ontario Yellow Beets . . .

Lop the Ends off . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Yellow Beets sliced and unsliced

Quite Pretty . . .

Even the Ends Look Good . . .

Peel Carefully . . .

Cut into ¼’s and Slice . . .

Add Slices to the Dish . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Yellow beets in dish

Mix Again by Hand . . .

Next up, Two Ontario Potatoes . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Potatoes Unpeeled

Peel . . .

Cut into ¼’s and Slice . . .

Add to the Dish . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - sliced Potato

Note that the Level of the Root Vegetables . . .

Is Level with the Rim of the Pretty Dish . . .

Mix by hand One More time . . .

Add 2 Cups of Cold Water . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Mixed vegetables in dish

Pouring both into the Dish of Course . . .

Then add 1/3 Cup of Sesame Seed Oil . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Oil pouring on veggies

Pouring it all over the top of the Vegetables . . .

Now for the Seasoning . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Salt Hen

From my Salt Hen, 1 teaspoon of Salt . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Black pepper mill

And from my Pepper Mill, 1 teaspoon of Pepper . ..

Now Place the Lid on the Pretty Dish . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Veggies in dish with seasonings

Turn the Oven on Bake & set the Temperature @ 350 Degrees  . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Oven shows temperature

Then Place the Covered Baking dish Into the Oven . . .

Close the Oven Door . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - dish in oven

And Set the Timer for 90 Minutes . . .

Then Start the Timer . . .

Set another timer for 45 minutes . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Phone set for 45

And Start It Too . . .

At the 45 Minute Mark Remove the Dish with Oven Mitts . . .

Look Inside and Things should Look like this . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Dish after 45 minutes

Make sure there is still some water in the dish!!

Then Place the Covered Dish Back into the Oven . . .

Then 40 or so later come back into the Kitchen . . .

Notice the Primary Timer is Nearly Done . . .

When it Sounds Off . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - dish and Gloves 2

Remove the Dish and Place it on a Heat Friendly Surface . . .

Take the Cover Off and it should look like this . . .

The Vegetables should be cooked and just a bit soft . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - root Veggies done

I test them with a sharp knife . . .

Then Place the Lid On . . .

Wait for the Dish to Cool Down . . .

Blog Photo - Recipe - Dish and Gloves3

And Place it into Refrigerator . . .

Then in 24 Hours it’s Ready to Eat . . .

It is Sooooooooooooo  Good . . .”

Thank you, John!  This idiot will report back.

Photos and recipe by John Garside.

Postscript from John: “Heat it up before eating! I forgot that!” 

A Good Home, Birdfeeders, Birdhouses, Birds, Life in canada, Lifestyle, Renovating, Restoration, Restoring old houses

Men Who Build Stuff

I promised to follow up with two different men who both work on houses.  

One – John – has been working on a BIG house, restoring it by himself.

The other – Jean – creates tiny houses – for birds. When last we heard from Jean, he was working on his Xtreme Birdhouse.  While I was impatiently waiting for the photos of the finished product, Jean sent me these other ones, made from the corks of wine bottles and said:

“I can assure you that I was totally sober when I worked on those…. lol…..”

Jean Long's Wine cork Birdhouse
Jean Long’s Wine cork Birdhouse

I promised to believe him.  Which doesn’t mean YOU have to.

Jean Long's Creation
Jean Long’s Creation

As for his Xtreme Birdhouse, it’s complete, and it’s even larger than it looks in these photos:

Bird Cathedral by Jean Long
Bird Cathedral by Jean Long

 Which may explain why Jean calls it “The Bird Cathedral”.  Congrats, Jean, on one heck of a birdhouse! Here’s another view:

Jean Long's Bird Cathedral
Jean Long’s Bird Cathedral

So let’s go over now to Prince Edward County and check in with John, our intrepid house-restorer, and his wife Ann. When last we heard, they were about to move into the beautiful old house. Here are some photos, starting with Ann sitting on the step waiting for the truck:

Blog Photo - John's House Waiting for Movers

Blog Photo - John's House Moving Truck

John says: “The Move went as smooth as SILK!!  No surprises, no grief, and very good weather!”

Blog Photo - John's Hosue Ann unrolls carpetThe couple had spent the days prior cleaning the house,  and now it was time to roll out the rugs and put things in their places:

Blog Photo - John unrolls carpet

Blog Photo - John's living room with sofa

Blog Photo - Ann in Dining Room

Within a day or two, the dining room, living room, master bedroom and third floor den were partially set up.

Blog Photo - John's third Floor Partly set up

John’s office, meanwhile,  looks like it’s always been there….

Blog Photo - John at Office desk

Of course, there’s a lot of work left to do. They’re also keeping an eye on the garden, to determine how much work it will require. But one thing you and I know about John: he has a plan for getting it all done perfectly, and on time. 

Ann and John, congratulations.

Top 4 photos by Jean Long, remainder by John Garside.