Zucchini Fritters

As promised last week and without further ado, here is my recipe for zucchini fritters when you have too many homegrown zucchinis on your hand and no one in particular to offer it to them!  You could make this with yellow or green zucchinis as a side, snack or light meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium size zucchinis, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. dried dill
  • 1/3 cup flour (all purpose OR gluten-free flour, if you are on special diet)
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Black powder pepper to your taste

Method:

Place grated zucchini in a colander over a large bowl, sprinkle salt and shake. Let sit for half an hour, then squeeze to drain zucchini. This is a key step to avoid a runny batter.

Beet your eggs in a bowl, add flour, garlic, dill, baking powder, pepper and turmeric and beet some more. Lastly, add grated/ drained zucchini. Mix well, but do not beet any more.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Scoop two table spoon of batter for each fritter. Let one side fry completely and change color on the edges before flipping over.

Place fritters on a clean kitchen towel to extract excess oil.

Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot with yogurt or salad and fresh raw herbs, Iranian style. Enjoy!


What to do with extra homegrown zucchini

It is said that two zucchini plants produce enough zucchinis for a family of four to eat as much as they can for the entire summer. This year I grew three zucchini plants for the two of us, which meant way too much of it if we were to stick only to our traditional Persian style zucchini stew.

Almost every single morning I checked on my vegetable garden I found a new baby zucchini turned into a huge heavy one almost before my eyes. So, even with all I gave away to family and friends I still had to come up with new creative ways to consume this delicious vegetable. Read the rest of this entry »


Summer Dip with Zucchini, white beans and tahini

I found the recipe for this delicious and easy dip in PRAVA organic site and modified it slightly to my taste. You could do the same I am sure as long as you keep the main ingredients in: It is a vegetarian recipe and completely gluten and dairy free.

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Mixed Berries Jam, Persian and Healthy Style

Traditional Persian jams are made with whole or cut fruits rather than crushed fruits; they usually have no additive to make them jelly like and as a result any kind of fruit jam preserves that fruit’s look to a large extent.  It is hard to find this type of fruit jam in the market in Montreal, giving me one more incentive to make them at home from scratch.

For this particular jam, I used the four berries currently in season in Montreal:  Strawberries, black berries, blue berries and raspberries. You could certainly go with your own choices.  Also for this particular jam, I have deviated from traditional Persian jams by making it less sugary/sweet. I have used brown sugar instead of white sugar and only to a much less degree, and used maple syrup to get to the desirable thickness and sweetness. I am pretty happy with the result: Not as thick as a traditional Persian jam but much tastier! Give it a try to see for yourself! Read the rest of this entry »


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Summer Solstice, sunset in “lac des Deux Montagnes”, at 8:47


Curry Vegetables Stew

This is a modified version of an eggplants curry which I once tried in an Indian restaurant and absolutely loved. It is made of my favorite vegetables eggplants, portabella mushrooms, red potatoes and tomatoes; it is also aromatic and absolutely gorgeous looking. So, give it a try if you are in for fried garlic, turmeric, black pepper and curry. As a stew, it is best served with white rice.

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Here we come again Summer!

The Victoria Day on May 21st in Canada is the official start of the gardening season – when the earth is warm enough for planting and there is no danger of overnight frost. The long weekend is marked by glorious display of breathtaking colorful annual and perennials and small yet vibrant sidling of virtually any vegetable and herb you might fancy growing in your backyard or balcony. Please click on the first image below to start the slideshow!

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