Wednesday 18 April 2012

Vegetable timbales-making veggies fun!

          Here's what I woke up to, here on the Mountain, in the
                                     Valley of the Sun!

I was all set with my blog a few days ago, for today. But, I couldn't, NOT share this with you!
Trichocereus Hybrid~Flying Saucer, named for its saucer size blooms.

My secret - eight drops of Schultz Cactus Plus liquid plant food in 1 quart of water. Do this in March, to give you many beautiful blooms!

This is  a elegant way to serve a souffle like layered side dish, of vegetables.

Vegetable Timbales
adapted from Eva Kenly (my cooking instructor for 20+ years)
1 1/4 lb. carrots
12 oz. cauliflower
12 oz. broccoli
6 T. butter
3 eggs
3 egg yolks
3/4 c. heavy cream, or half and half
3/4 c. Asiago or parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp tarragon
salt and pepper to taste

10-12 buttered timbale's or ramekins, I like to cut a piece of parchment paper the diameter of the bottom of your timbale/ramekin, butter it and fit it into the bottom of the vessel. It makes it easier to pop them out, to serve. ( I have some vintage French timbale's in Seattle, I covet them)

Steam each vegetable separately until tender.

In a food processor, finely chop the carrots. Add 2 T butter, one egg, 1 yolk, 1/4 c. cream, 1/4 c. cheese, salt and pepper and ginger. Process until smooth and remove to bowl.

Rinse out the processor bowl and process the cauliflower until finely chopped. Add 2 T butter, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk, 1/4 c. cream, 1/4 c. cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Process until smooth and remove to a bowl.

Repeat with the broccoli, adding remaining ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare your parchment rounds and fit into the bottom of your ramekins.

Fill each timbale/ramekin with the vegetables by layering them. I put the carrots in first, then the cauliflower, then the broccoli. Fit a round of foil directly on the fillings.

We will bake them in a hot water bath. This is done by, placing the timbale/ramekins into a large baking pan and carefully pour boiling water in, around them. Water should come almost halfway up the sides of the timbales/ramekins.

In the oven, vegetable timbale's, Blue cheese and rosemary potatoes and my favorite meatloaf.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted, comes out clean. Carefully remove from oven and remove the molds from the water bath. Let them rest for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

This is a delicious side dish, that takes time to make, but, is worth the effort!


"One can measure the greatness and moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats it animals." Ghandi................................

Over the last weekend we attended a fundraiser to benefit Foothills Animal Rescue. It was held at one of our Desert Mountain Clubhouses, Chochise/Geronimo and featured our resident band, The Roadrunners! There was a active auction on this oil painting of a Labrador. The bidding went to almost $2000.00, and the gentleman who won it, offered it back to the second bidder, for the last bid they made, they took it and the original man that won, still paid the nearly $2000.00!! So, they doubled the money!! What a class act!! Desert Mountain members are the best!!

Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) is committed to compassionate and humane treatment of dogs and cats in need through rescue, sheltering, fostering and adoption within Maricopa County.

The Roadrunners band is made up of residents of our community, they in their younger years, were in bands that opened for Eagles, Arrowsmith, or were part of a very famous band. They are Rock and Roll and fabulous!!

Our friend Kip! 



Friends, Gail and Warren

Wee Bear (he is the greatest dancer) and I!

* Pacific Northwest viewers- hike week starts June 16-21, followed by Family trip to Lake Chelan, for a week! Contact me or Holly for details! What do you want that Bum to look like???



  1. BEAUTIFUL cactus!! Great tips. Love it.

  2. Yes! It is amazing! And there are about 20 more buds, on that cactus!! The coral one is budding up too!!Thanx!


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