Mediterranean Zucchini and White Beans & Something BIG

Something big happened to me yesterday.

Really big.

Wait for it.

I got to go into town. Yup. The equivalent of a lookout obverser winning the lottery (ok, not quite, but pretty darn special). Only being 11 days in…this makes it even more rare. I took full advantage of stocking up on odds and ends I wish I had brought out in the first place and stocked up on fresh herbs (what a treat).

And, I did my laundry…

I really wish I had known that I had a town day in my future before I hand washed 30 individual socks. Let me tell you that little 400 square foot cabin looked pretty ridiculous. 30 socks drying off clothes lines hanging across the living room from the ceiling.

In town, I drank a beer. It was fabulous. End of story.

And I had a shower. Ohhhh. It was glorious. I scrubbed every part of me 3 times. I shaved. It was a very special moment. Something like that might happen 6 times (if I’m extremely lucky) over the course of the next 6 months. Sure I can have an outdoor shower using a solar camping shower bag, but a real shower, now that’s a treat. I’d like to tell the lady who scorned me today, whom I’m sure doesn’t read my blog, that I forgive you. I forgive you for turning the light off on me (while looking right at me), turning the light back on and rudely asking me if I was going to bed now. You know in that tone that says “I can’t believe how rude and disrespectful you are being right now and I’m going to reprimand you for it”. It was 9:52. I had gone into the bathroom at 9:30. It’s not really unreasonable to have a shower at 9:30 at night is it? In any case, I want to put it out there to the universe that I forgive the lady in a horrible jade green velour one piece sleeping jumper. She didn’t know that the very thing she takes for granted every day, hot water, running water and an indoor shower, were things I was not currently privileged to in the same way.

I forgive you.

On to food! Here’s a little ditty, I highly recommend you try – Mediterranean Zucchini and White Beans. It’s super easy (especially if you have some white beans made already, but you could use canned beans on the fly). It tastes amazing an it’s simple.

I had this as a main for 1 (a very large main). But it serves nicely as a side dish for 2 or 3 as well. Especially if served with protein like herbed lemon chicken or grilled fish. If you’re serving a group, double accordingly.

Mediterranean Zucchini and White Beans

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced in wedges
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/2 cup cooked white beans
  • 1/4 tsp dried red chili flakes
  • 4 -6 large olives, pitted
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • Lemon wedges
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley

In a large frying pan, cook the onions until they begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute. While you’re waiting on the onions and garlic to cook, slice the zucchini into bite sized pieced.  Cook for 5 minutes. Add the beans and cook until heated through, approx 3 minutes. Chop the olives. Add the olives and freshly squeezed lemon juiced to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with fresh chopped parsley.

In the comments below, let me know what is one thing that you’re greatful for that most people take for granted? I’ll start it off by saying I’m grateful for an indoor shower right now :)

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14 Responses to Mediterranean Zucchini and White Beans & Something BIG

  1. Joyce April 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    I know what you mean about showers. I went on a business trip to Nigeria and Kenya years ago. Nigeria was rough but Kenya was more modern in its accomodations. When I got back home to NJ, I wanted to kiss sidewalks, hot running water faucets and wash cloths.

  2. Janet April 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Grateful for electricity, fans and air conditioners!! Warm temperature of 95 in California.

  3. Amber H April 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    Hi France,

    I’m thankful for access to clean drinking water and access to fresh organic food.

    Those pictures are great!! I can’t believe the weather for you. So warm here in Northern California (96 degrees is in the forecast)!

    Delicious recipe!

    –amber

    • beyondthepeel May 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

      I hear ya! Fresh organic food is something I’m really missing.

  4. lezah April 30, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    I’m grateful for my computor,hot showers

  5. Steven Catudal May 1, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    We got some snow again last night, but it’s melting away already. It’s suppose to be a high of +20c by the weekend!

  6. Sylvie May 1, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    France, Love your story. Hubby says,”She’s a great writer!!!” We’ve missed you, we’ve been in Western Australia and Bali for a month. Didn’t have much access to the internet. Really appreciate the temperate climate, and sunshine, here in the Comox Valley and a comfy bed!!!! Definitely going to try the recipe, just need to get a zucchini.

    • beyondthepeel May 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Australia and Bali! Sounds wonderful. It was minus 11 last night and -8 this morning when I took the dog for a walk. I’m a little jealous. But that being said, I think the comox valley is at its most beautiful in the spring. The magnolias and cherry blossoms…magical.

  7. Koko May 1, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    This looks so good. I’m so amazed at the sorts of appetizing and inventive and flavourful foods you can make out there! I feel like most people would be living off Chef Boyardee!!

    I am also thankful for hot showers and the freedom of running water whenever I need it. I was coming home from a Zumba class tonight and my friend and I were both complaining about how we were so sweaty but didn’t feel like showering and it was such a hassle and it was getting late and blah blah blah. That’s when I stopped and said hey wait a sec….can we be anymore ungrateful!? We are complaining about the fact that we might have to have two showers in one day, while some people can’t have two drops of water in one day. We both shut up after that….

    It’s always good to have these reminders, isn’t it!

  8. Mary Fetzko Boeshore May 2, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    Just got back from Korea and Cambodia. Two very different countries! I am very blessed to be able to travel but even more blessed to live in the USA. The best country on Earth. When you see how people live in Cambodia and that they don’t have running water or
    enough food to eat, you realize how lucky you are.

    • beyondthepeel May 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Isn’t that the truth.

  9. Dava May 4, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    I am a truck driver with my husband. We started going cross country about 18 months ago. Being out on the road, having to shower in truck stops and eat the c appy food makes me SO grateful for my home! The first time out (6 weeks) I kissed my kitchen counters, my fridge and my bathroom door. Never, ever will I take for granted the comforts of my own home.

  10. Paula Whelan May 4, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    I am grateful for plentiful water – to shower, do laundry, wash dishes, cook and water indoor/outdoor plants. When I hear how much water some people have to make do with … I am ashamed with my wanton consumption even though I am very frugal.

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