Of Wine and Zucchini

Wine tasting in the summer = perfection.

I just got back from a glorious three day holiday in the sunny, wine-drenched Okanagan. Three whole days of lake swimming, wine touring and eating with two of my dearest friends was just what I needed to come back all fired up for my move and for recipe posts galore!

My dishes are all packed up, however, so here’s just a little sneak peek of some Okanagan-inspired recipes to come. My friend Elly and I dreamed up a vegan Thai basil pesto that I am really excited to make. We are also going to try our hand at pickling and canning, so expect some apricot jam and pickled cucumbers and green beans to come your way!

Once I am all moved in, of course.

And then there is this:

Big honkin' zucchini.

I’m not sure if the photo does this monster justice. As you can see, I can barely hold on to the thing and it is twice as big as my arm. I bought it at a fruit stand in Keremeos for 39 cents!

Any ideas of what to do with this puppy? My friend Julie also bought one and is thinking of barbecuing it, or putting it in lasagna. Two stellar ideas, I think!

Anyway, happy cooking and happy summer everyone!



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5 responses to “Of Wine and Zucchini

  1. Hi Maya! That zuke is probably long gone by now, but I’d probably have stuffed it to the gills, baked it, and then eaten some and frozen some in individual serving size portions. 39 cents…how could you resist!?!

    Hope your move is going well!

  2. Hi Maya. You could make a raw Vegan salad with it. Slice the Zucchini (or courgette as it is know in my part of the world) with a grater and place in a large salad bowl. Add Cucumber, your fav green leafys, red bell pepper/strawberries/tomatoes, sea salt, cold pressed sunflower oil, hemp seeds or any other seed or nut you fancy, garlic and/or cayene chilli powder if you wish. Top with a tomato and basil pasata and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. πŸ™‚

    • Well thanks, Claza! That’s a great idea. I’m thinking of making some kind of noodle-less lasagna, but I also have a yellow one too that I could use to make your salad! It sounds delicious πŸ™‚

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