Autumn is just starting to show her face around here. Even if we don’t have the tell tale signs of fall colors that East Coaster’s have, I can see the little changes as we creep into the new season. The days are getting shorter, the mornings cooler, but the afternoons are still pleasantly summery. I have to admit, I get a little nostalgic at this time of year. Knowing I won’t being seeing those warm summery afternoons for much longer, or the vibrant colors of the last of the summer’s harvest makes me resent the arrival of the new season. I know soon I’ll be craving heartier, warm and comforting foods, and I’ll embrace that feeling when it comes. For now I want to enjoy the last that summertime has to offer and scoop up those beautiful jewel toned eggplants, tomatoes and zucchini that are in such abundance towards the end of summer. The zucchini was especially slender and small, a delicate green; the eggplant deeply purple glossy beauties, and the tomatoes heavy and firm. It wasn’t long before I had gathered them all; my heart set on making something that would capture the best of the last of summer. The ensuing marinated roasted vegetables are the perfect illustration of how good eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes become even better when left to their own devices for a while in the oven. Blitzed in a hot oven to concentrate and sweeten their flavors, they emerge slumped and slightly shrunken, the tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini softening into one another, profuse with their juices. The roasted vegetables are soothed with olive oil and packed into jars with garlic and thyme. They keep well in the refrigerator for a few weeks, and are convenient to have on hand to invigorate all manner of dishes. Pin It
The bonus of making these is the seasoned olive oil that is created as the vegetables marinate. Don’t forgo the pleasure of dipping a piece of bread in it, or drizzling it on salads.
Now as for autumn, I’ll face it right on with open arms, just as soon as I finish my last jar.
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 45 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Gluten free
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How are you enjoying the first days of fall?
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