As I've said before, there's always a star in the garden and it's often one that you don't expect. At the moment, for me, it's the zucchini plant, which has morphed from a tiny seedling given to me by a fellow community gardener and put in as an afterthought into a massive plant with humongous -- the scientific term -- leaves (pictured right) and offering at least 3-4 substantially sized zucchinis a week.
The question, obviously, is just what does one DO with so many zucchinis. The answer is, just as obviously, give a lot away -- but I am also looking for ideas on what to do with them. So far, sauteing with leeks has come up, a recipe for zucchini fritters, ratatouille and various baked goods -- one friend turned the zucchini I gave her into two cakes and a good two dozen cookies (yes, from one zucchini).
Otherwise, in the garden, we've got tomatoes getting closer to ripening, cucumber plants getting their starts, with carrots, radishes and greens mixed in for good measure. Oh, and I'm getting about a half dozen strawberries a week from the plants I put in a year ago. Lovely bursts of happy flavor that feels like a wonderful reward each time I go to the garden. And dare I forget, I actually do have corn that looks like it might just make it. Keeping fingers crossed because, as we all know, the squirrel has taken every ear I've grown in the past few years. But it's looking good. Very good. Just hope mentioning it here doesn't automatically jinx me. Like I said, fingers crossed.