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Lemon thyme & garlic perfumed roasted vegetables & a garden update!

on 01/06/2012

Tasty lemon thyme & garlic perfumed roasted veggies! Yum!

My lovely lemon thyme plant!

The veggies mixed with lemon thyme, garlic, garlic powder, fruity extra virgin olive oilย & pepper & sea salt. Just ready to go into the hot oven!

Lovely & juicy tomatoes: I added pepper & sea salt to them: ready to go into the oven with the rest of the roasted veggies!

I made this stunning & tasty side dish yesterday evening. It is a versatile side dish. You can eat anything you want with it. I ate cooked gluten-free brown rice macaroni with it. I added a good few tablespoons of red pesto through the cooked macaroni, for added tomato flavour. My husband & I ate a vegetarian cheese burger with it. It was a grand meal!

Easy but super yummy! Now, you can make this too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Recipe: For 2 persons, with seconds/ This is a side dish


2 ย smaller young courgettes, washed & cleaned, pad dry on kitchen paper, ends cut off, cut into smaller & longer strips: like this:

cut up veggies!

1 yellow big paprika ( yellow bell pepper), cleaned, pad dry on kitchen paper, seeds & white parts removed, cut into smaller strips, see picture above.

1 green paprika ( green bell pepper ), cleaned, pad dry on kitchen paper, seeds & white parts removed, cut into smaller strips, see picture above

** For the lemon thyme & garlic dressing:

10 tablespoons of a fruity EVOO ( Extra Virgin Olive Oil )

1/2 heaped cup of lemon thyme, washed & dried on kitchen paper, cut into smaller pieces ( keep the stalks when they are young )

3 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely chopped

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 heaped teaspoon of Maldon sea salt

1 teaspoon of finely grinned black pepper

** To add in the 10 last minutes:

2 big & juicy red tomatoes, cut up into 8

10 smaller cherry tomatoes

Maldon sea salt

cracks of black pepper


1. Preheat your oven to 200ยฐ C ( 400 F ยฐ) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven. Adjust the temperature to your oven!!! In the meantime, make your dressing to pour over the veggies before going into the oven. Take a medium bowl & add all the ingredients for the dressing. Mix well with a whisk ย & taste. Adjust the seasoning if you need to.

2. Take a large non-stick oven dish & place all the veggies except the tomatoes in 1 layer in the dish. Pour the dressing over the veggies & with clean hands mingle everything together. Clean your hands. Place into the hot oven & bake for about 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the veggies over to prevent burning. Add the seasoned tomatoes ย & spread them well over the roasted veggies. Place back into the hot oven & bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until to your liking. Check often to prevent burning & drying out too much!

3. Plate up with your other sides & enjoy instantly! Happy Eating!

Enjoy your side dish! Your house will smell amazing when it is being roasted into the oven! You will see! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Eating!

And, now a garden update!

Lovely yellow courgette plant, sown from seed on March the 15th 2012 & I also have sown edible flowers on the sides!

2 yellow courgettes are growing already! Yes!

My lovely fig tree with lots of growing figs!

A green courgette plant is growing courgettes, many to follow!

My 2 huge green courgettes ( zucchini ) plants!

Such beauty!


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63 responses to “Lemon thyme & garlic perfumed roasted vegetables & a garden update!

  1. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love the green and red colours. Your thyme plant is beautiful. I love the produce you are growing. Great crops! xx

  2. I love your roasted dish, it looks lovely. And I am sooo jealous of your garden, especially the fig tree.

  3. boeddhamum says:

    Roasting vegetables brings out such great taste, especially when you add herbs from your garden, looks great, Sophie, dish and garden!

  4. Ina Gawne says:

    Sophie – love the roasted veggies! Your garden is fabulous too!

  5. kokobo says:

    Ooooh lovely, healthy dish, Sophie! I am curious about the red pesto you speak of….do you have a recipe for it??

    Your plants look strong and healthy!!

  6. Stephanie says:

    We have a serious collection of lemon thyme, but I’ve never used it on roasted veg. I’ll have to pull it out.

    Incidentally, you answered a question I’ve had, but never bothered to ask anyone. What do Europeans call yellow squash? Yellow courgettes! I’m more of a fan of the yellow than the green types as a rule.

  7. Tandy says:

    I love using lemon thyme! This year I will plant courgettes as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Valerie says:

    Lovely vegetables! And you are so lucky to have that beautiful garden!

  9. Lovely post, Sophie! We’re growing lemon thyme too, and find it works brilliantly with all sorts of Italian style dishes! And your plants look so healthy!

  10. applec says:

    Delicious! The flavor of lemon and thyme is so classic, can’t wait to use your recipe.

    • Sophie33 says:

      yes, but it is lemon thyme, that’s the plant’s name & it is a different flavour than ordinbary thyme that is harsh etc!

  11. Pam says:

    Roasted veggies are the best!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I love roasted veggies ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t tried lemon thyme yet. I am going to have to look for that! Love the garden pictures too.

  13. Claudia says:

    My lemon thyme has taken off and I will be making this tonight. Your garden is a wee bit ahead of mine – so I am trying to be patient. Oh those vegetables sing!

  14. Carolyn Jung says:

    Roasted veggies are my fave. Love how the high heat caramelizes them so they get so sweet and tender. With herbs from the garden, they’re doubly delightful.

  15. Lisa says:

    I love a good pan of roasted vegetables – it’s like candy since the cara,elization brings out the sweetness. Your addition of garlicand lemon thyme takes it up so many levels! Your garden is looking killer! What a bounty you will have! Your lemon thyme plant is unlike any I’ve ever seen..I usually get a few straggly stems, but I’m a terrible gardener!

  16. Blond Duck says:

    I love summer!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Me too but it is still too chilly over here: only 10 ยฐC & the last week it has been raining non-stop! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  17. Juliana says:

    Sophie, I used to have lemon thyme and loved the lemony scent of it…your roasted veggies must taste delicious with the thyme…beautiful color!
    Love your garden Sophie :), hope you are having a great week!

  18. ruthmartins says:

    Recently, I’ve been thinking of roasting veg to make a ratatouille but this looks so much better. Hope I can track down some lemon thyme. Your garden is really coming along and those courgette flowers look gorgeous!

  19. Perfect timing, I have a bunch of lemon thyme I was wanting to use up! And by the way I’m jealous of your fig tree. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I am so impressed that you are growing all that, Sophie! Your lovely plants and produce make for beautiful and delicious food for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚


  21. theintolerantchef says:

    Lemon thyme is one if my favourites too. I wish I had,a lovely fig tree like yours- yummo!

  22. Barb says:

    Everything looks wonderful, VERY impressive!

  23. grace says:

    while i personally don’t wish to smell like garlic, i do love it when my veggies do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Tammy says:

    All veggies benefit from roasting!

  25. i love looking at your garden veggies. i wish i could grow strawberries and figs here too!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Thanks, me too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t grow strawberries but the fig tree was here in the garden, when we bought our house, 7 months ago!

  26. tomagram says:

    Sophie, I’ll be whipping up this recipe in a month or two when I’m swimming in Zucchini and tomatoes (hopefully). Love to see your healthy fig tree — love love fresh figs!

  27. Nihacc says:

    Wow, I love your garden!!! And what a fig tree… I’m very impressed!

  28. These roasted vegetables look fantastic! They have so many great flavourings and I love the colours in it ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  29. Great recipe. Love your fig tree.

  30. Norma Chang says:

    Your garden is doing exceptionally well. Bet that roasted veggies would be good hot or cold.

  31. fun post! I’d like to give this a try, but my little thyme plant in the side yard finally died– So seeing you nice pot of thyme is sending me to the garden center to find another. thanks!

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