I returned this morning to the farm after taking a little vacation. The fantastic thing about coming back to a farm in the middle of the summer (in the middle of a heat wave) after only one week’s absence, is that everything explodes. A bountiful cornicopia of beauty, life, and of course produce awaits at every turn. The sunflowers have stretched well above my head. The beets are ginourmous. Kholrabi the size of a small child. Beans overflowing. (Lettuce unfortunately bolting…)
But of course, the most stunning and astonishing thing of all, the true winner in the great vegetable race, is none other than the zucchini.
I returned to my plot to find early this morning, this monster lurking beneath the zucchini leaves. I have photographed it here with a genuine adult foot so that you can see it’s massiveness. No joke.
Now… perhaps the faint of heart would be overwhelmed by such a beast, ah but here, we are inspired…
I set off to find more.
And before we get to the meat and potatoes of this blog post (or the infinite delicousness of zuchini), I’d like to take a moment to pontificate poetical on the coquettish courgette…
To the bee, a flower is a fountain of life, and to the flower a bee is a messenger of love, and to both bee and flower the giving and receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy
Vegetables are beautiful!
Now I will tell you how to make them….
1. mix up an egg with a little milk, salt and sugar
2. mix up some tapioca/corn/potatoe starch with a little flax meal
3. toss the flowers in mixture one, and then mixture two
4. Fry them up in some hot oil.
Try Christoph’s Zucchini jerky. Marinade one inch thick slices of zucchini in terriyaki, molasses, maple syrup, garlic, ginger, and perhaps a little spice, and then dehydrate. Yum.
Or my Grandma’s Zucchini vichyssoise- a cold soup made with basil, zucchini, onions and milk, cooked and then blended.
There’s always the classic Zucchini boat. Or zucchini bread. I recently hollowed out a zucchini and filled it up like a quiche, which I would strongly recomend. Apparently Gemma has some fantastic ideas about zucchini pancakes… but enough of my chatter.
The concept is simple: You write your recipes in the comments section. We all win! And maybe, just maybe, a a prize will be awarded. It is likely that prize may have relatives in the squash family.