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They came from outer space

By rosebud 7 January 2009 57

Well, they came from my backyard actually…but they do look large enough to star in an ‘Attack of the Killer Courgette’ remake (yes yes, I know it was rampaging tomatoes for all you geeks. This is a ‘reimagined’ version, frak you).

But I digress.

I came home to Canberra the other day from summer holiday fun to find these giants in our veggie patch. There is also a wheelbarrow full of littler ones.

There was no watering involved either, just a judicious handful of water crystal applied to the soil prior to departure.

Now, who has any good zucchini recipes for me?


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ant 9:09 am 09 Jan 09

The small ones taste better but from spotting one growing, you’ve got hours before it puffs up into a big one. The male flowers only seem to last a day, too. I guess if you had lots of plants you could get the flowers.

poptop 8:09 am 09 Jan 09

Go for the teeny ones, better flavour; chopped zucchini flowers in the fritter are a nice variation too.

Granny 12:52 am 09 Jan 09

You shouldn’t have stuck so many on the compost!

; )

ant 12:04 am 09 Jan 09

I’ll give those fritters a go, for sure. Zucchinis in the slice and this fritter combination seem to morph into something quite different and very nice indeed. My fritters will be token-fried, but I reckon they’ll work.

I just guzzled the last of my zucchini slice for dinner and now have a problem. No more zucchinis! Bloody hell. Will have to wait until the plant pushes out some more.

poptop 11:21 am 08 Jan 09

When in a hurry (which is when I generally make that slice), I use shortcut bacon and don’t prefry, but do slice the bacon very fine. We also had it as part of the Xmas feast, but I generally don’t eat with vegetarians. =-P

To celebrate the arrival of the cool change, here’s a completely adequate Zucchini Fritter recipe

500g zucchini, coarsely grated
½ teaspoon salt
8 spring onions, chopped
125g feta, crumbled
Chopped freash parsley
Chopped fresh mint
2 eggs, lightly beaten
60g plain flour
Salt and Pepper
Oil, for shallow frying

Put the zucchini in a colander, sprinkle and stir it with the salt, toss lightly and set aside for 30 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water from the zucchini by wringing it out in a teatowel.

Put the zucchini, spring onion, feta, parsley, mint and eggs in a bowl and stir lightly to combine. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium to high heat. Drop tablespoons of batter into the hot oil, flattening gently with the back of a spoon. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

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This is another good base recipe and tolerates quite a lot of fiddling around – add corn, or bacon or whatever, ditch the feta, change the herbs, serve with a yoghurt dip, or under fish, with a salad.

astrojax 10:51 am 08 Jan 09

as any notes, pre-preparing bacon (and mushies, etc) before adding to final mix is the go. toast pine nuts (or cashews, or pistachios, etc) for texture and cook mushies (a pretty dry mix is best, not too much butter/oil with a few spices – mmmmm) to ensure the flavours come through. it is a famous cold slice for work the next day – can be doubled in quantity and we had this as a feature slice at our xmas spread for the veges – they didn’t get too much, lemme say! ; )

Granny 11:54 pm 07 Jan 09

Sounds delicious! I’m going to make Poptop’s zucchini slice also, ’cause you’ve gone and made me all hungry now,

ant 9:51 pm 07 Jan 09

That’s odd about the spinach and lettuce. unless you’re talking about real spinach? Real spinach (english) is heat-hating, and it’ll bolt to seed, it’s a pain to grow actually. Silverbeet, however, which most people think is spinach, will grow any time. Lettuce should be OK, I’d have thought. Is it getting enough water? what sort is it? My Cos is doing great, making heads even.

I made Poptop’s zucchini slice tonight! It is great, a cross between those turkish zucchini balls, and yorkshire pudding. I used about twice as much zucchini, omitted the oil… not necessary. I might experiment with using less eggs though. And I only put in some token cheese. And I have a suspicion that the bacon shoudl be fried before being added to the mix!

While the oven was on, I got another aspirant zucchini and made some Bakes, with chopped zucchini, chopped up red capsicum, some mushrooms that needed using up, some of my magnificent red onion, and an odd concoction of flour and milk, with spices in it. And some cheese on top. Very nice.

fabforty 9:37 pm 07 Jan 09

Can any of you guys tell me why my spinach and lettuce seems to go straight to seed ? My tomatoes are good and so is everything else but I don’t know what I am doing wrong with the other stuff. Help !

grunge_hippy 8:18 pm 07 Jan 09

we have a huge amount of squash, so if anyone has any recipes for those, i would be grateful! you can only steam them so much!!!!

F430 7:41 pm 07 Jan 09

zucchini & corn fritters….. YUM and are the t**ts!!!

jessieduck 3:57 pm 07 Jan 09

astrojax said :

jessieduck, we’ve got our squash and zucchini growing in pots – the bigger pots have the bigger plants – toms in pots do well, too, so no ‘patch’ isn’t necessarily any excuse… ; )

I know but we were given a massive outdoor setting as a wedding gift and there is zero room for pots :c(

Off to an open home tonight to see if we can buy ourselves a bit of leg room.

ultramelon 3:06 pm 07 Jan 09

My dad grows bigger zucchinis.

Tasteless things they are

Loose Brown2 2:41 pm 07 Jan 09

My chooks LOVE uneaten marrows. 1/2 an hour and there would be only a green skin left, drying in the sun.

SheepGroper 2:27 pm 07 Jan 09

ant said :

the garden must be quite warm, it’s a raised bed that looks like a grave, and the rising sun hits the end with the zucchini full blast.

My veggie bed is raised and a grave, it’s the most convenient place to bury the pets, especially in the early years where it was the only bit with soft enough ground for a large hole. Three sheep, one dawg, one cat, a couple of rabbits and some chooks and roosters are buried there. The sheep were great for converting escaped marrows into manure, the chooks tended to be fussy.

peterh 2:08 pm 07 Jan 09

her AND the birds…

peterh 2:07 pm 07 Jan 09

V twin venom said :

Sliced and on the BBQ with lots of garlic and herbs is my favourite but some of these ideas sound good.

If you see that fox again peterh, take to it with every weapon available. I am also from the right side of Drakeford and off Bacchus. We got some new chooks 2 weeks ago (again finally restocking after the bushfires) and within 3 nights a fox was in the yard. I guess the sight of me running around the backyard starkers with a baseball bat at 1am was pretty scary for the fox but for good measure the girls are now locked away in an aviary at night.

trying to lure it to wipe out the aviaries the act govt housing cretin next door has. sick of her wandering the streets with a birdcage looking for a parrot that has managed to “escape” from her shoulder. not to mention the godawful screeching at dawn.

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