Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Zucchini with Toasted Almonds

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Now, I’m not going to go off on some philosophical tangent here, but there is something really so perfect about a pair. Yin and Yang, night and day, Fred and Ginger, coffee and donuts, Harold and Kumar, strawberries and champagne. Two things that go together so well that the sum is altogether a different creature from the parts, something more, something better. It really is quite mysterious and beautiful how the one can reach across the void to the other and find a match so unquestionably right.

Ok, I have no idea where that came from. Most probably from the vestiges of my sub-consciousness...you see I’m still in my pyjamas and halfway through my coffee so I can't really be held responsible for these pre-coffee thoughts. In any case, a perfect pair is a pretty magical thing, in life and in food.

(and then you have chocolate...which can go and take over the universe all by its little self...but that would be for another post...)

I love two-ingredient recipes that work. When two ingredients complement each other so brilliantly that you feel like you’ve just struck gold – these are precious moments in gastronomy. Even if everyone yawns at your happiness with a bored “been there, done that”, you still can’t help but marvel at your luck. Of course, there is also the small factor of ease of preparation...and clean-up :) In these hectic times not something to be discounted!

This perfect pairing is brought to us by Deb of Smitten Kitchen, whose photos are as luscious as her writing. Really dangerous stuff on an empty stomach. Lots of recipes bookmarked from her you can be sure, but (surprise!) it’s the easiest one that gets test driven first.

The recipe is enticingly simple – you toast some slivered almonds in a pan with some oil. When it’s all nice and tan, toss in a bunch of zucchini matchsticks and cook for just a minute. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy immediately. You can find Deb’s original recipe here.

Oh the beauty of it!

Simple, delicious, elegant, vibrant. A perfect pair.

Lots of work to do today. Plus errands. Plus dinner. Plus brainstorming for a small but exciting new project. And miles to go before I sleep. I think it’s time to get out of these pyjamas.

19 comments:

Manggy said...

Elegant indeed! Did you eat it for breakfast? :) (By the way, I am really jealous of your pan yet again!)

You missed some of the quintessential ones: red berries and dark chocolate, coffee and cream, honey and kalamansi, Tyra and fried chicken...

Pille said...

Your writing and pics are luscious, too, ChichaJo!! Lovely combination!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Delicious! A refined combination of flavors!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jen Tan said...

hey joey! looks great!!!! i've never tried zucchini with almonds! simply perfect! =)must try soon

LyB said...

A 2 ingredient recipe sounds perfect, with summer getting into gear around these parts, I'm going to need quick and easy recipes! This sounds delicious, thanks for testing it for us! :)

Miguel said...

Wow this looks so good...and easy to do....will definitely have to try that soon....

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Oh yes, yes! Love it Joey, healthy & delicious!

Oh, and pretty too!:)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Manggy! Nope, I made it a couple of days ago :) The pan was a wedding present! Haha! You and Tyra! I thought of coffee and cream but my grandma drinks it black so I nixed that in her favour :)

Hi Pille! Thanks very much! :)

Hi Rosa! It really is...a chic and delicious side dish :)

Hi Jen! Neither did I until I stumbled on this post at Smitten Kitchen...it’s so simple and delicious!

Hi Lyb! It is really yummy and so simple to throw together :) Summer is supposed to have left us already...but it’s still so hot!

Hi Guel! Super easy to do...your dishes will be super happy to have this as a partner :)

Thanks Stella! Yes, I need healthy! :)

Marvin said...

I don't mind the philosophical tangent, joey. Nicely written and beautiful picture.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love simple yet delicious recipes like this one here, Joey - and almonds can make anything better!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

So simple and sophisticated. Thanks for the delicious idea, Joey.

Franco said...

Sounds really interesting. As I get older, I seem to trying vegetables that I would have never touch as a younger lad.:) I will try this soon. Thanks.

mtan said...

I think pj's are a philosopher's natural working clothes. We think better when we're in sleepwear! Unless we're nudists...

Anyhoo, love the dual combo dish! Maybe this could be a theme every month, or every so often if it starts getting tiring to find just two ingredients to pair.

Midge said...

I like the idea of zucchini and almonds, Joey. I've tried pairing baby carrots and almonds and carrots and hazelnuts, too. These are nice little combinations you might want to try.

(Oh, and kudos on the sandwich article in the July ish of Yummy! My partner, Mr. W, has been trying every recipe for breakfast!)

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Marvin! :)

Hi Patricia! So do I! I think I’ll be using them more often :)

Hi Susan! It really is delicious...check out Deb’s original post for step by step pictures :)

Hi Franco! As I get older I seem to be trying more things in general...which isn’t saying much because I was one of those kids that ate everything (ya, like 3 servings of everything) in her path! But yes, discovering new veggies and herbs, and combinations thereof, is always a happy time for me :)

Hi M! I agree! PJ’s always inspire my minds slow philosophical wanderings...but I can’t do the day job in them (even though technically I can)...when I’m working for the Man I have to be showered and changed, even if no one is around to see me. Weird huh? Interesting thought for a theme! :)

Hi Midge! I’m going to try your carrot and nut combinations too! They sound delicious :) I hope Mr. W is enjoying his sandwich breakfasts! :)

christine said...

This does look and sound simple and wonderful. I love zuchini so any new recipe for it I make sure to bookmark! Thanks, Jo! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Nens! Hope you like it! :)

katiez said...

I love pairing nuts with anything - adds lots of good nutrition and all that, but, really, I just love eating them. As to 2 ingredient dishes...parfait!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katiez! I love nuts too...and I think they are great additions to both sweet and savory dishes :)