At the farmer’s market on Saturday, there was no way I could pass up buy this gigantic zucchini!
The only problem was that I already had several zucchini in my fridge from Publix. Not wanting any to go to waste, I made zucchini bread with the normal zucchini, and saved the one from the farmer’s market for sautéing.
I chose this recipe from 101 cookbooks, which caught my eye because THERE IS CURRY IN IT! And lemon zest. And cinnamon. And ginger. Wow.
Sweet and Spicy Zucchini Bread (adapted from 101 cookbooks)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons curry
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup sucanat
- 2 eggs
- zest of one lemon
- 1/2 cup of walnuts (plus some sprinkled on top)
Mix together dry ingredients. Add zucchini, oil, eggs, sugars, lemon zest and stir. Fold in walnuts. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes in a 5×9 bread pan.
I’m saving the bread to take to Bonnaroo (which is in 2 days!!!!!!!), so I actually haven’t had a slice yet. However, I did try the batter, and it had so much flavor! It tasted fresh, sweet, and spicy all at the same time. Baking the bread made my kitchen smell amazing and it looks like it turned out really well .
Changes I made to the recipe were: I cut the original recipe in half to make one loaf, used grapeseed oil instead of butter, doubled the cinnamon, used ground ginger instead of crystallized, and I didn’t have poppy seeds or vanilla.
I used the farmer’s market zucchini as a side dish for dinner last night. One of my good friends’ roommate’s dad (did you follow that?) has a restaurant in Atlanta and sometimes gives them left over food. Recently, he gave them lots of fresh salmon! My friend does not like salmon (weirdo), but it is one of my favorite foods, so she gave it to me .
I baked the salmon with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Perfect!
Served it with some quinoa. Yum! I cooked enough for my roommates, so we all sat down together and had a little family meal . This is very rare, but it’s always more fun than cooking by yourself. One of my roommates just took the LSAT yesterday (she had been studying for months!!!!), so we thought that called for a special-ish dinner.
I also put some cheese out on the table that I bought at Whole Foods with my dad in Atlanta. It was a Vermont Grass fed Cheddar.
I was in Atlanta b/c my high school cross country coach is retiring and there was a party for him at my old high school. So of course I also visited my parents while I was in town. When my dad asked me if I wanted to come to Whole Foods with him, I probably reacted like I would have if I were 8-years-old and he had asked me if I wanted to go to Disney World.
The cheese is actually the only thing I ended up buying at WF. When my dad had gotten everything he needed, he asked me if I needed anything else. I hesitated… I couldn’t think of anything I needed, but I wasn’t ready to leave either. Then he asked, “Do you want to keep walking around the store and find all the free samples?” My dad knows me too well, haha. We walked around and tried all the samples before we checked out . Does anyone else do this, too?