Cooking For Fall
I love this vegetarian light meal of beautiful squash flowers stuffed with ricotta and dates, combined with the luscious juiciness of heirloom tomatoes and balsamic vinegar!
After picking up the squash flowers at the Farmer’s Market here in Calabasas, I went home to create this inspired dish.
You will need.
- Ricotta Cheese – one tub – not wet, if it is you will need to drain it otherwise it will make the flowers soggy.
- 10-12 squash flowers – serves 2-3, depends on how hungry you are!
- Handful of fresh dates, chopped as small as you can
- Garlic powder
- Fresh Basil as much as you wish.
- 1.5 tspns of ready made pesto
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of flour
- combine the cheese in a bowl with all of the above ingredients, remember ricotta is very light tasting so don’t overwhelm with too much garlic, balance the taste of the sweetness of the dates with the cheese, a hint of garlic, pesto etc.
- After gently washing the flowers, de-stamen the flowers very gently, they are super fragile.
- Either fill an icing bag with the cheese mixture and gently pump the cheese mixture into the flower, or I just spooned a couple of teaspoons of the mixture into the base of the flower, and then wrapped the petals around each other to keep the mixture inside tightly.
- After filling each flower, roll the entire flower into the flour, then the egg, then back into the flour to make a crunch coating once the flower if fried.
- Heat 1″ of olive oil in a pan and add four of the flowers at a time, turning once , once they have a crunch light brown coating on the outside.
- Once cooked place on a paper towel on a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm.
Before, or after cooking, turn your attention to the heirloom tomatoes. Wash and slice them, arrange on a plate, spash with Balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and serve with your beautiful squash flowers.
SPACE CLEARING FOR FALL
Create a beautiful cozy, calm and meditative space for the Fall and in the Winter season this month within your home or office. Purchase a fountain, meditation cushions and surround yourself with calming or inspiring colors. Choose a corner of a bedroom, den, study – an area that you can make your own without any interruptions and take the time for at least 10 minutes each day to enjoy inner contemplative time. Meditation is known to help you center, reconnect and build your capacity and resilience for stressful situations.
Holiday Spice Room Mist
Spread the delicious smell of cinnamon and spice this year as you mist your home with inviting warm fragrances that smell good but are also good for your immune system to prevent colds and flu.
Fill one glass amber bottle with distilled water, and to this add: 30 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil, 3 drops of Clove, 2 drops of Cinnamon, 3 drops of Ginger and 2 drops of Nutmeg. Add the spray cap and label, spray liberally, avoiding the eyes, to create your holiday home !
To purchase quality essential oils visit Doterra.
PS. I do not advocate the internal use of essential oils based on the professional training I received in London and subsequent use as a Clinical Aromatherapist.