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Friday, June 09, 2006

 
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three more things you don't really need to know...

* i had the first handful of ripe raspberries from the studio bush this morning! i'm already playing lettuce fairy; raspberry fairy & tomato fairy can't be too far behind. the carrots are mysteriously invisible, though. i'm surprised they haven't sprouted yet.

* michael's getting new glasses! his eyes were huge and dialated when i took him home and he was squinting through his eyelashes. he has to wait two weeks before he actually gets his new glasses; that would drive me nuts!

* my old swimsuit was truly in tatters, so i finally got a new one. i couldn't find a suit in this town that fit me, so i ordered one online and it was delivered yesterday right before my last water aerobics class. but in a classic case of irony, it turned out we didn't have class that night. i just wish they had told us that -before- we were in the pool...

Comments:
heh, heh, heh . . . I too, have played a fairy -- the zucchini fairy to be exact. our zucchinis in colorado springs were so prolific that the neighbors would see us coming with a bag and they were refuse to answer the door! (we used to joke that we should get one of those farm subsidies they pay to NOT grow a particular crop -- pay us, please, not to grow zucchini.)

now a raspberry fairy -- that would be welcome at any time!
 
i only planted -1- zucchini. i don't even necessarily like zucchini, but i wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and i thought 1 plant might be manageable. can you pick the blossoms w/o destroying the fruit?
 
You could use the blossoms to make fried squash blossums or put the blossums in a soup. If the whole blossum is picked that would be one less zucchini that develops on the vine.
 
the plan was to eat the blossoms, yes: i just wasn't sure if i was deleting a zucchini by doing so (population management! ;), or if at that point the zucchini was already established.

heck, i just read "Squash grow rapidly; especially in hot weather and are usually ready to pick within 4 to 8 days after flowering." holy cow! maybe i'll be zucchini fairy sooner than i thought.
 
When I was a kid, we had a couple zucchini plants in the back yard. Each day during the summer, we'd go out & check them, and there'd be another zucchini ready to pick, one that hadn't been there the day before. Be prepared to give away or compost a lot of squash.
 
i gotta figure out recipes for all these zucchini. i tried dipping them in chocolate, but was underhwlemed. i'm going to try them in a teriyaki chicken this week and see if that helps.
 
well, they were undetectable in tonight's teriyaki: i can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing. ;)
 
I work in the same dept. as the physicist/cosmologist Steven Weinberg, and somewhere around here is his recipe for "anhydrous zucchini" -- which is essentially zucchini slowly sauted in just a teeny bit of olive oil and no water. But ah, he writes it up much more elegantly.

Chocolate & zucchini never really did it for me -- not as chocolate brownies and I can't imagine them dipped in chocolate. Um, I'd just lick the chocolate off, thank you.
 
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