Sunday, July 14, 2013

Waste Not, Want Not

Just about the only thing that is doing very well in my garden this year is the squash, both yellow crookneck and zucchini. For a while, I was diligent about getting rid of the squash bug eggs on the leaves (I've not been so good at that lately). The result is that I've accumulated quite a bit of squash, even with giving some to a couple of people at church. As of yesterday, I had four shopping bags' worth of squash in my refrigerator, which doesn't leave much room for other food! We've been eating a lot of squash, too - fried with a light cornmeal breading, crusted with parmesan cheese and broiled, raw in a salad, in a skillet sauteed with other veggies. At one point, we had squash of some kind for four of five meals (breakfast was the exception, ha ha).

Last night when I was making the rounds to check the garden, I found the zucchini in the picture above hiding discreetly under a couple of big leaves. The picture really doesn't do justice to the size of this squash. It it 15 inches long and probably four inches in diameter. It's definitely what my family refers to as a zucchini "club."

I always joke that I "grew up in the Great Depression," so I just couldn't stand to just throw it away. Because it will have big, more mature seeds, it won't be suited for frying or broiling. I've seen recipes using shredded zucchini, though, including one for brownies. So I made a batch this afternoon, without telling the family. (My daughter came in and caught me making them, so I had her help out and share the secret.) They are actually pretty good - the zucchini is not obvious.

It was priceless when my son realized these weren't ordinary brownies. I said something about "Mom's special brownies with an organic ingredient I grew myself," and he got this incredulous look on his face and said, "Zucchini? You put zucchini in them?" We all got a laugh. He says he's going to take some to band camp with him tomorrow and share the fun.

But can they compete with the return of Twinkies????

5 comments:

Janet, said...

They say to watch out for people who ring your doorbell, leave squash on your porch and run. I don't grow zucchini, but we have lots of squash. My only complaint about squash bread (which I love) is that the recipe doesn't call for enough squash.

Augustina Peach said...

Ha! I never heard that before. Thanks for stopping by.

Ephemera said...

How did the brownies taste? They look good, but that combination just doesn't sound like it would go together! LOL Zucchini and chocolate? Hmmm.....

Ann Turnbull said...

It's a pity we can't do an online swap. Over here, in the English Midlands, we are giving away punnets of home-grown strawberries - something about the weather has produced a wonderful crop this year. Your zucchini is almost a marrow (do you call them marrows? we call zucchini courgettes). Ours are yet to come.

Augustina Peach said...

Interesting, Ann - I had no idea these vegetables were marrows and courgettes. And yes, I would love to swap some marrows for nice, home-grown strawberries (ours are long-gone at this hot, dry time of the summer).

Ephemera - I know, zucchini and chocolate sounds gross, but it was actually quite tasty. The zucchini disappeared into the brownie, which had more of a cake texture than a fudge-like texture. Very moist and soft.