Archive for July, 2012

breaded zucchini flowers

All week I have been using zucchini flowers in omelettes, stir fries and soups. Today I decided to bread and deep fry them. Instead of regular breadcrumbs I used Panko, the japanese style breadcrumbs. The result was crispier, lighter and more fluffy. The panko I used were unseasoned, so it combined perfectly with the herbs I used fresh from the garden.

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ingredients

10 zucchini flowers

3 eggs

1 cup breadcrumbs

a few cloves of minced garlic

a handful of parsley & other herbs you prefer

salt, pepper

1/2 cup oil for frying

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Prepare frying pan with oil
Leave a few inches of stem on the zucchini so it is easier to dip them
Mix the eggs with herbs, garlic, salt and pepper
Mix the breadcrumbs with parsley
Dip the zucchini in the egg mixture, and then in the breadcrumbs
Place the zucchini carefully in the hot oil and fry until golden
Place them on paper towels to absorb extra oil
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First string beans of the season. This variety of beans grows really big. Almost double what you see here, but I couldn’t resist, I had to pick a few and try them. They are so good all you need to do is boil them a few minutes and add a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little salt.

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This bean plant is growing in my mother in law’s garden. It has reached the top of the second floor and is on it’s way back down. It gives you a good idea how tall this variety can get.

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summer fresh pizza

The vegetables used to make this delicious pizza were picked on the same day by Justin at a small farm near Ottawa. With ingredients so fresh the taste is simply heavenly. Thanks Justin, great job! The sad part is that I didn’t get to taste it!

ingredients

pizza dough

tomato sauce

fresh stir fried vegetables

fresh mozzarella cheese (grated or cut in chunks)

add extra herbs and spices of choice

olive oil

place in very hot preheated oven 475* for about 15 minutes

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flatten pizza dough to desired thickness

spread tomato sauce evenly

add veggies

top with extra herbs and spices

finish off with a little cheese

bake for about 15 minutes or until dough is a crispy brown color

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