Ok. So its been hot this summer.  Really hot.  But am I complaining? No. I love the heat and how its making my garden grow. My urban farm is so out off the hook this year, that I can’t even eat it as fast as its growing!  In fact, I can’t even pick it as fast as its growing!  Yesterday, during my daily forage, I found this:
IMG_2356.jpg
On the left is a normal-sized zucchini.  On the right is Big Ang (what my husband named her).
Is bigger really better? Would it be safe to eat? Should I have let it continue to grow and enter in a contest? 
These were some of the questions that entered my mind as my husband and I stared at Big Ang in amazement.
After consulting with “experts” (read: posting about it on Facebook), I found out that yes, it was safe to eat but no, bigger isn’t better.  As zucchini get larger, they lose their delicate texture and sweetness.  
A woman at the Farmer’s Market told me to use the flesh for zucchini bread and save the seeds for next year.  My good friend, Billee, seconded that suggestion.  Here is the link on how to save seeds.  And here is my take on Billee’s Mom’s zucchini bread recipe:
Big Ang’s Zucchini Bread
makes two loaves.
Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup + 2 tbsp brown sugar
4 ½ tsp baking powder
4 eggs
pinch of sea salt
½  cup butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups shredded zucchini
a heaping handful of chocolate chips (optional…but makes kids more likely to eat it)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 & grease & flour 2 loaf pans
1.  In a large bowl mix flour, salt, sugars (exept for the extra 2 tbsp of brown sugar) & baking powder
2.  In another bowl beat eggs, butter, applesauce, and zucchini
3.  Mix the first bowl into the second bowl, along with the chocolate chips
4.  Pour ½ into each pan, sprinkle 1 tbsp of the remaining sugar on each, and bake for 50 min-1 hour.
Eat one & freeze the other to enjoy sometime in the future when you are no longer cursing all of the zucchini growing in your garden.
IMG_2361.jpg
As we speak, more and more zucchini are growing in my garden.  What do you suggest I cook with my crop?
  • Sonya

    My neighbour grows these monster zucchinis up at her farm and brings them back to the city. I love it when she drops off a few of these at my door and we have zucchini everything for a week. YUMMY! love zucchini bread I’m going to try your recipe! Thanks!!!! BTW….I’m going to ask her for the zucchini flowers next. ;)

  • Amreen

    looks delicious – i’m going to try this recipe! that might be the biggest zuchinni i’ve ever seen!

More Posts From The Category

1

Enter To Win A Pet Friendly Prize Pack & Support The OS…

On September 20th and 21st, the Ontario SPCA is celebrating its third annual Friends for Life!™ Walk, presented by…

Must Have Looks from the Altuzarra x Target Collection

We're just days away from the launch of the next designer collaboration with Target. Designer Joseph Altuzarra's…

Ten Cool Things Celebrities Get at TIFF

We're trying to keep it cool here in the office but every so often someone comes in and tells us about their latest…

Little Girl Meets Obama, Disappointed Surprise Guest Wa…

Kids just aren't all that impressed with President Barak Obama these days. First we had that boy do a full on…