Rosa Jackson's Edible Adventures

Monday, 28 July, 2008


Zucchini flowers in a basket

At the risk of alarming any of my editors who might be reading this, I'm struggling at the moment to meet various guidebook deadlines. This leaves little time for more frivolous pastimes like going to the beach - I'm so pale that my friends burst out laughing when they see me in the street - or blogging. At the moment all I can think about is clearing my desk and my conscience before I take my ten-day holiday in Arles and the Cévennes in mid-August. My life should be back to "normal" by the end of the summer, so please bear with me for the next few weeks, when I'll be blogging infrequently at best. In the meantime I invite you to have a look at the piece on zucchini (courgettes to some of you) that I've just published on the BBC Food website, which happens to be one of my favorite sources of recipes and ideas. This article contains dozens of suggestions for dealing with a glut of zucchini and other summer squash, with links to BBC recipes. Pictured above is yesterday's harvest from the Cours Saleya market. I ended up throwing the flowers onto my ridged cast-iron grill pan alongside the zucchini slices, with surprisingly delicious results.

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Tuesday, 29 July, 2008 1:30am [ 1 ]

You'd better get working so you can get working on some colour before the summer disappears!!

We loved, loved, LOVED the choc mousse by the way. Keep meaning to pop back and thank you...but work keeps getting in the way!

Tuesday, 29 July, 2008 7:18am [ 2 ]

Ah, pesky work! Yes, I hate seeing the summer slip by so quickly. Thrilled that you loved the chocolate mousse!

Tuesday, 29 July, 2008 11:33pm [ 3 ]

Good luck with those deadlines. Love the courgette article BTW. Very impressive indeed! :)

Tuesday, 29 July, 2008 11:52pm [ 4 ]

Ah, yes! I've heard tons about the beautiful zucchini blossoms available in Nice. I had some last week in a DC restaurant that were stuffed with fresh mozzarella. Incredible!

Tuesday, 29 July, 2008 11:53pm [ 5 ]

Best of luck with the deadlines, by the way!

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008 3:21am [ 6 ]

I have to try the courgettes, parmesan & basil tart. I grew zucchini this year for the first time and am inundated as most everyone is if they plant this vegetable.

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008 3:29pm [ 7 ]

This post made me think of the famous Sly & the Family Stone lyric "hot fun in the summertime". Good luck meeting your deadlines galore. The courgettes article was brillant, in fact I had lunch at a lovely local diner here in downtown Fort Wayne and they made a delicious roasted squash soup. To die for. Cheers!

Thursday, 31 July, 2008 9:21pm [ 8 ]

Thanks Wendy, glad you liked the article! I'm looking forward to catching up on your recent posts now that my first deadline is out of the way (phew).

Sara, it's funny because I think that originally the Niçois used the blossoms out of pure thrift, and now they have become famous for them! Love the sound of blossoms with mozzarella. And thanks for the encouragement!

Eileen, zucchini plants always catch you off guard. One minute the zucchini are tiny, the next they are monsters!

Thanks Terryll - and the soup sounds lovely, even if it's hard to think about soup (at least the non-chilled variety) when it's so hot here at the moment!

Thursday, 7 August, 2008 2:09am [ 9 ]

All the best with the deadlines, Rosa, and have a wonderful well-deserved vacation.

"See you" when things are calmer :-)


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