Zucchini, a plant so prolific there is a “leave a zucchini on your neighbors doorstep” day, people slam their door shut when they see you coming and in the country they lock their car doors at night to avoid silent drop offs.
Being an Alaska Master Gardener I am ashamed to admit defeat in the copious amounts of zucchini department but I am. I usually get some, this year I got none thanks to slugs and the ducks who were supposed to eat them(LIE LIE LIE). I have very good luck though, getting them for free, in fact I have gotten as much as I need this year so that’s a plus.
I guess in the world there are growers and eaters this year I am an eater but I want to be a grower. Next year! And this is how I keep gardening every year because you just NEVER know when you’ll hit the nail on the head with a crop. Next thing you know you’ll be grabbing your garden journal and scratching out a few notes on what you did or didn’t do. If you can clearly remember which is why I have probably more hits and misses than most but hey at least it’s always interesting right?
So zucchini is not a vegetable but an immature fruit or the, ahem, swollen ovary of a female zucchini flower. Yes the plant has 2 types of flowers, males and females, and the females come complete with a baby fruit while the males are there for,the fun, er fertilization. Your zucchinis are have squashy sex in the garden when you are not looking. Sorry. You can also eat the flowers, deep fried, stuffed, in soup or plain and fresh. I never eat the blossoms because I’m too hot n heavy to actually get a ton of zucchinis that I don’t take my chances. Maybe that’s the problem?
Here’s 2 great ways to serve them, one savory and one sweet chocolaty deliciousness. Both are great and if you wake up with a car full zucchinis don’t look at me, it truly was not me and my slug riddled duck munched stunted little plants.
Zucchini Feta Pancakes-came with our CSA box I modified to fit what zucchini we had and my lazy mood
2 cups of grated zucchini, packed in there
1 or 2 eggs depending on the size
1/4 feta crumbles
1 green onion snipped
1/2 a sliced shallot
2 TBSP flour
olive oil for frying
put the zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt let set for 15-30 minutes
rinse, drain and squeeze all the juice out
heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat
meanwhile mix the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl
when the oil is hot drop quickly in to little pancakes, spread out if needed
fry until crisp and brown then flip and brown the other side
repeat if necessary until all zucchini is cooked
serve hot and stand back
Zucchini Brownies oven 350˚
1 2/3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter-save a wrapper to grease your pan!
2 TBSP water
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp of almond
1/2 a vanilla bean
1 1/2 cups peeled and grated zucchini
1 1/3 flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup chocolate chips
1/4 tsp salt
grease a 9×13 pan, set aside
melt the butter over low heat or if you must in a microwave (patooey!!)
mix the sugar butter and water in a large mixing bowl
stir in eggs, almond
scrape the vanilla bean seeds in to it and stir
add the zucchini and stir in in real good
mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl
add to the wet ingredients and stir quickly
add the chips, stir to incorporate
scrape in to the 9×13 pan and bake for 18-25 minutes
Again, I’m going to say this: I do not advocate pureeing vegetables to sneak them in to kids. Kids need to eat and enjoy their vegetables these recipes are simply for using the over zealous zucchinis MOST people grow. Humpf.
Also I am currently accepting Best Foodie Fotos until Saturday at midnight my time. If you are a lurker send me link! If you think you are not good enough who cares! If you are too busy well damn I can’t help with that except to say that you don’t have to do anything special to participate except blog and take food photos. The prize this week is CHEESE!! Alouette and Chavrie coupons!!
Peace and Love,
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