Thursday, September 23, 2010

Zucchini Bread

I can't believe that I've never posted this before ... I've been making it for years. In summer, almost every week. It's a classic seller @ Farmer's Markets/Bake Sales too.

My mother was first to make it a lot -- she passed it on to me. Now, I'm passing it along to you & your family. Will you do the same?

Here it is. Enjoy!:

Zucchini Cake

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup oil
3 cups grated zucchini
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. coconut flavoring
1 1/2 cups ww flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup shredded coconut

Whip eggs, oil & sugar until frothy. Add zuchinni, flavorings and salt. Mix. Then add flours, baking soda & baking powder. Mix well, then add coconut. Stir it in. Pour onto a greased cookie sheet. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes.
Drizzle sparsely with a thin cream cheese icing, if desired.

Chocolate Variation: Omit the coconut flavoring & the coconut. Instead put 1/2 cup cocoa into a cup and fill with boiling water. Stir until smooth and add to your batter at the end. Optional: "Ice" with chocolate chips.

This recipe lends itself to being made into loaves -- I make mini-loaves -- or spread in a thin layer on a cookie sheet it makes a nice cake also.

Grating and freezing zucs that are getting wilty is a great way to keep on enjoying garden greatness even in winter. This is one recipe that is perfect for those grated zucs -- just freeze in 3 cup packages.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kohl Rabi Revisited

I still have a few kohl rabi sitting in my fridge, do you too?

Since we've had quite an abundance of these this year - were you thinking too many? - I have found that I've gotten creative with using this healthful cruciferous vegetable.

In fact, I've even gotten to liking it more and realizing it has some strong redeeming qualities -- it is the easiest of the cruciferous family to grow. While cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and even kale were ravaged by bugs the kohl rabi, though loosing its leaves to flea beetles, still developed & gave us healthy meals.

Believe it or not, this spring we planted about 400 bedding plants of cabbage, broccoli & cauliflower, in two separate attempts to provide these healthful veggies for our family & yours. All to no avail. We lost virtually all of them to root bugs, cut worms and/or cabbage butterflies which infested the potential heads with worms ... ugh! You know us, we just don't use chemical!!!!!!!!!! If we did, we'd get hit with it during application, during handling and then again when we eat it. We just can't do that - it goes against our philosophy. And of course, we will not knowingly offer protein-filled garden produce to our customers -- that goes against everything too!

So, we just suffered that loss. Inevitably, we regret, it was your loss also. Perhaps we'll try again, but first we'll have to learn how to effectively grow it organically. Do you have any tried & proven ways to manage growing healthy cruciferous plants without chemicals? Do you care to share? We're always willing to learn.

Here is one way we've come to enjoy kohlrabi:

My family really enjoys this broccoli cauliflower salad. I just added diced kohl rabi to the mix and they enjoyed it just as much. One large or two small kohl rabi are enough -- too much of their tough texture is not a good thing.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

1 bunch broccoli - cut into bite size pieces
1/2 a head cauliflower - cut into bite size pieces
1 large kohl rabi peeled & diced
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 large red onion, diced fine -- or use green onions, chives or white onions, but red is prettiest & it's milder flavor lends itself well to a fresh salad.
1/2 cup whipped dressing

Toss well & serve.

Another way we now enjoy kohl rabi is in stir-fires. Yummm!

Monday, September 20, 2010

CSA Garden Basket #14

Another bountiful basket, a testimony of God's goodness ... in spite of inclement weather patterns like La Nina.

Red & white potatoes
Spaghetti squash
sweet banana peppers
corn cobs -- the last to enjoy for the season
swiss chard

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Finishing Frost

It got down really cold early this morning. Though we've had frosts for almost two weeks already, they were mild and did not really threaten the hardier plants like spinach & lettuce.

We tried to save this last planting of spinach & lettuce by having the soaker hose running on it all night long and into the morning until the frost had lifted. It did the job ... all tender plants are done for 2010, but these have survived. Now for some warm weather yet... Do you think we'll get some?

This was our last of the summer succession plantings of the greens, seeded in mid-July ... we have yet to harvest it - more than two months later. Go figure! The end of this summer has just not had much sun and warmth. La Nina is having it's cooling effects early -- The Manitoba Co-operator said that it may well continue through the winter as well ... oh, I hope not. Each of the two winters we've spent in Manitoba have been below normal temperature, so say long term resident friends and neighbors ... and I was looking forward to warmer winter temps than Saskatchewan has, sigh!!!!!

Spring 2010 was mild and wet. The first planting of greens did so well then. Later plantings had poor germination and then the week it was ready the hot dry days of July were upon us causing what was there to bolt and turn bitter. We were so sorry to see that happen. We had soaker hoses on them then too, but at that time it wasn't enough to save the lettuce from the summer heat.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CSA Garden Basket #13

This basket full of veggies and some fresh greens may well be one of the last ones with fresh greens, due to frost. We have already had two frost nights since last Tuesday with more to come. That means it is time to clean out the gardens.

Today's basket contains...
-Red Potatoes
-Sweet Corn
-Green Bell Peppers (some of you got a ripe red one)
-Sweet Banana Peppers
-Jalapeno Peppers (HOT)
-Swiss Chard
-Bunching Onions

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

CSA Garden Basket #12

Today there is another basket full of flavor and color, including...

-Lemon Boy Tomatoes (lower in acid than the Red ones)
-Cherry Tomatoes
-Red table Potatoes
-White baking Potatoes
-Kohl Rabi
-Sweet Corn
-Green Bell Peppers
-Green and Yellow Zucchini
-Swiss Chard
-Green Onions