It is a crazy thing to have two zucchini plants in my raised bed, I knew that, but the plants were just so beautiful. I should have stayed with one though! Now I’m definitely into an overload situation here, but not minding it too much at all.
The other day I had accumulated 10 lovely, elegant zukes. I ground them up in my trusty simple food processor, together with other lovely veggies, and made a very wonderful, zesty relish. It didn’t take long; there are 10 jars available for gifts to others or just to enjoy ourselves. And oh my, the difference between that and the bought stuff is just so remarkable!
You can make all kinds of tasty dishes with zucchini. Of course you can make the most wonderful, moist chocolate cake. But you can also make zucchini scones, pancakes, and even noodles with one of those spiral machine things. One of my favorite ways to serve this incredible vegetable is to just cut it into about ¼” slices, put a little bit of grated Parmesan cheese on each one, and bake in a 400°F oven for about 7 minutes. It's best to use parchment paper underneath them, otherwise they tend to stick. The only real drawback to this “recipe” is most folks can eat about a whole zucchini! It keeps a host busy, but the delight on guest faces, including children, makes it all worthwhile.
1 cup shredded peeled potato (1 medium)
Drain these two. I shake a bit of salt over them and drain them through a sieve or colander. Use your clean hands to work out the liquid, after about an hour.
Meantime…mix the following ingredients together then add the zucchini and potato and mix really well with a wooden spoon.
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper or any spices you like.
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
This is how you fry them…
An update on little Max
Max is a most determined little boy. There's no doubt he understands everyone as they speak to him. Of course he recognises different people too, but he has not yet regained speech. He is finding ways to communicate though, with body language and gestures.
He has lost his right field vision. This has altered his depth perception and his vision. Here’s an explanation of what that means. It's well worth looking at this link, because then you can grasp the difficulties of this loss: http://www.hemianopsia.net/visual-fields-in-brain-injury/.
Max continues with his horrendously expensive hyperbaric treatments. He can speed walk now, almost like running, can shake his head, meaning "No" instead of signing. and is learning to jump.