Or ‘The Post Formerly Known As’.
This article is totally about zucchini. (And maybe a little bit about Prince.) Here is a vegetable that has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years, thanks largely to the health food and Paleo movements. Sign of the times I guess.
I remember seeing smaller purple (which would also have been fitting) and yellow zucchini in Europe, lined up row upon row in big, rustic wooden crates. The kind you find in a second-hand store.
But no red. Regular green is the best I could do in my locale.
When I was a kid I couldn’t stand cooked zucchini but I would happily chomp on sticks of it raw if there was mayonnaise to dip it in. And I still feel much the same way.
There is something in that for parents feeding kids I think. If you want your kids to eat vegetables, try to make those vegetables taste good. Here’s a couple of ways Kid and I had fun with zucchini, raw and cooked.
Zucchini FrittersIngredients – makes 6
2 medium zucchini
3 spring onions – sliced thin
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups chick pea flour
2 tsp. turmeric
salt and pepper
Sour cream for serving
Oil for shallow frying – canola is good or a very light olive.
Pre-heat a large fry pan.
Grate or spiralise the zucchini. Combine the eggs, buttermilk, salt and turmeric. Place the chick pea flour in a separate bowl.
Gather a small handful of zucchini and dip it into the egg mixture, to just coat the zucchini. Now move onto the chick pea flour and do the same. The zucchini should now be just bound together. Form into a round flat disc and set aside.Repeat with the remaining zucchini. Add about 2-3 mm of oil to the fry pan. Place the discs in gently and fry until golden on both sides. 3-4 minutes a side should get you there.
Drain on paper towel and serve. Sour cream, get on top!
Kid and I eat this heaps lately. On tacos or with other meals, bbq for example. I like to keep some in the fridge to eat on rice crackers for when I get home from work late. The French would call this ‘remoulade’, softening a raw vegetable with mayonnaise to make it tasty.Ingredients
I large zucchini – shredded or spiralised
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp. buttermilk
1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
2 spring onions – sliced fine.
Mix everything well. Add a little salt if it needs it, or a squeeze of lemon, depending on the mayo used. I could eat this slaw for breakfast. So fresh and light. Some grated carrots are a nice addition.
Cheesy Baked Corn Chip Zucchini Wedges
This one is all about fun, the name says it all. Serve as a party snack (cause tonight we gonna party like it’s 1999) with some mayonnaise or as a meal with some crisp salad on the side.
Ingredients – makes 24
2 medium zucchini – each cut into 12 wedges. 2 cuts long ways, 3 cuts across.
150g plain or salted corn chips
1 cup grated fresh parmesan
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 cup chick ea flour
2 cups butter milk
Pre-heat your oven to 200*c.
Grind the corn chips in a mortar and pestle or machine of your choosing. From here it is just like bread crumbing. Roll the wedges gently in the besan flour, dip in the buttermilk and finally into the corn chip mixture. Press the corn chips on firmly and arrange the wedges evenly on a lined baking tray.
Spray with a little olive oil and bake for 20 minutes. Serve.
Zucchini (diamonds and) Pearls.
Back in the 80’s whilst Prince was rockin’ the charts, Chefs were making zucchini into little balls and calling them ‘caviar’ or ‘pearls’. At the same time, long before the word zoodle was even thought of, we were cutting zucchini and all sorts of other vegetables (with our knives) and calling it ‘spaghetti vegetable’. There are gadgets for that sort of business now.
To make these, simply peel a zucchini and use a small melon baller to scoop out little ‘pearls’. Serve them raw in a salad, saute with some olive oil and balsamic or drop them in some soup.
WHAT KID DIDKid acted her age, not her shoe size, although I think they might even be the same 😉
Kid’s Grandma recently gave us a fancy pants vegetable peeler that makes vegetables into long strips. Kid became good friends with this tool as well the grater for our fresh parmesan. Watch those little fingers!The mortar and pestle too. Kid’s crumbing skills are by now, completely on point. Wet hand, dry hand. It saves so much mess and the crumbing is done quickly. Kid loved the idea of the corn chip wedges more than she loved the actual dish. It is still, after all, zucchini.
Expectations can be tough to manage huh.
The artist known as Prince passed from this world recently, hence the title of the post. Being a child of the 80’s and 90’s myself, a little nostalgia may have been indulged in musically. Money Don’t Matter Tonight was always my favourite. And fitting because you can make a couple of bucks worth of zucchini go along way with a little no-how.
As well as being a prolific and ridiculously talented musician and performer, Prince was also an avid vegetarian, owing to his love of all living creatures.
Also, without trying to cause any controversy, these dishes are each Sexy G.F (gluten-free that is).
So ‘Get Off’ your device and go get some zucchini on your table. It’s what he would have wanted.
Any title suggestions for my David Bowie post?
Ziggy Starburst? Hmm…
The Lime Spiders from Mars?
that slaw we’ve been