It has been hazy, hot and humid for the last few days. Not atypical weather for July in New England, but not my favorite weather . But apparently zucchini loves it. It has gotten a bit out of control.
It just keeps coming and coming! So today, since it was too hot for me to be in the gardens, I thought I would try to use at least some of it. Luckily it is a very versatile vegetable and you can use zucchini in lots of different recipes.
What should I make? After a search of the internet, I settled on a few things. First I would make zucchini chocolate chip cookies. In my experience adding chocolate chips to almost anything is a guaranteed success.
They certainly look good.
Next I made another batch of zucchini oat bread. I made this a few weeks ago and it was delicious.
It is lovely for breakfast or with a cup o tea.
I had a bit of grated zucchini left over from the bread.
So the girls got a little treat.
But what to do with the rest of the zucchini? I have just acquired this lovely new kitchen tool.
It is a julienne peeler and it turns zucchini into a pasta like food. Or so they say. I decided to try it out. The internet is filled with delicious looking recipes. I settled on one that used things that I had in the garden. Zucchini noodles with Pesto. Since basil likes hot weather there was plenty of that as well.
I made the pesto.
There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil!
And then it was time to try out the peeler.
It worked beautifully and soon I had a bowl of zucchini noodles.
The recipe said you could use them as is or heat them a bit. I decided to heat them.
Into the wok they went. I added some pesto and a few cherry tomatoes from the garden.
A bit of cheese and it was perfect!
I had also roasted some cauliflower. It doesn’t like the heat so I wanted to use it up.
And voila! Dinner almost entirely from the garden. Zucchini noodles are very interesting. They taste a bit like pasta but have a lovely crunchy texture. Nice.
So all in all it was a very productive day…
..but there is STILL zucchini left!
Well tomorrow is another day……