Last week I had asked Vince if he knew where the solar oven was. He said it was in his shop. The shop has become a catch all and is totally full of stuff. I knew I couldn’t find it in there but he said he knew where it was so yesterday when I was cooking lunch, I wanted to roast some beets but it’s been so hot, I didn’t want to use the oven in the house. Vince went out and got the solar oven for me and brought a table to the back yard where I had a good sunny spot.
I’ll have to remember that those reflectors act like a mirror. I see me taking a picture!
I peeled and cut up beets, added olive oil, salt and pepper, placed them in a baking dish with a glass lid and stuck them in the solar oven.
It was a super bright, sunny and mostly cloudless day. I wasn’t in a big rush for them to cook though I knew they’d be ready way before the rest of dinner.
I had spaghetti sauce simmering (Italian sausage, leftover roast beef and meatballs to go into it), Caprese salad was made, bread was rising (which meant I had to use the oven anyway because the bread wasn’t ready to bake til later in the afternoon.
After the beets had been in the solar oven for about an hour, I went to check on them and they were ready so I brought them in. My plan was to sprinkle brown sugar on top of them and stick them under the broiler for a while so it didn’t matter if they got cold before dinner.
We had escargot with crusty sourdough bread, Caprese salad, roasted beets and spaghetti with meatballs.
The sauce makes enough that I was able to put three containers of it in the freezer for future meals. Can’t beat that, right?
By the time dinner was done, the kitchen was cleaned, the leftovers were put away, I was tired!