Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread

It's full confession time: I am what I call a "wishful gardener." This is usually my pattern in the springtime: Get lots of flowers, veggies and other plants. Plant them and be super enthusiastic about them and care for them as much as I can. Then, when summer rolls around and I get busy- many of my plants die and I can only manage to care for a few. This is what happened to my veggies this year- including my "wishful" zucchini plant. So, instead of having an overabundance of zucchini growing in my garden that I need to use up, I made this yummy bread because I bought a bit too much zucchini at the store and didn't want it to go to waste! 

There is my full confession as a wishful gardener! I really do love gardens and plants, but so often my passion for food wins in the end! So, since I have been able to keep a few pots of flowers in front of my house alive this very dry summer, I will stick to that in the coming years. Next season for my deck I will be planting a few pots of succulents or other low water plants and planting more bushes and low water natives in my backyard. It is better for the earth and better for me- no gardening guilt! Ha ha! 

Here's the yummy recipe for the bread that came of buying too much zucchini! 

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread: 

3 eggs

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

zest of 2 small lemons or one large lemon

1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini

3/4 cup cassava flour

1 1/4 cups almond flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

1. Heat the oven to 375 F. 

2. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with coconut oil or pan spray. 

3. Mix the wet ingredients together. Mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk. 

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Then, add the batter to the pan. 

5. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (no wet batter is attached) 

-Let the loaf cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. 

Enjoy! 

Red Wine Marinated Burgers

red wine marinated burgers

Ah! These are the fancy burgers that I remember my mom making for a very large family party at our house when I was a kid. We used to serve these with French  bread as the bun and with optional onions which is also delicious. However, these can be so yummy served "bun-less" on their own alongside some oven fries and some vegetable or pasta salad. YUM!! 

Take your family barbecue to the next level with these tasty burgers! You will not regret it!! 

Marinated Red Wine Burgers: 

Adapted from: The Sunset Book of Entertaining

Note: This recipe makes 12 burgers. You may reduce it to make fewer burgers if you wish. 

4 pounds grass fed beef (80% lean and 20% fat) 

1/2 cup (heaping) of chopped green onions

1.5 tablespoons sea salt

1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

1/2 a bottle of red wine of your choice

Optional: Crumbled blue cheese for the top

1. Mix the beef, onions, salt and pepper together in a bowl. Don't over mix. 

2. Form 12 patties and put a "dimple" with your thumb in the center of each one. 

3. Place the patties in a large rectangular glass dish. 

4. Pour the wine over the burgers. 

5. Cover the dish with foil and place the dish in the fridge. Marinate the burgers 2-4 hours. 4 hours is best. 

6. Heat your grill to medium heat. Grill the burgers, flipping only once. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 145F. Then, take the burgers off the grill and top with optional blue cheese. YUM!! 

 

Enjoy!! 

 

Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail

Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail

 

Here in the Portland, Oregon area the roses are starting to bloom, so it is Rose Festival Season! I just love this time of year when my rose bushes are at their prime and they have the most lovely, fragrant blooms. Since I grow my roses organically and don't use any chemicals on them, I can use them in drinks and dishes! What a win! 

I hope that you enjoy this fun and quick drink recipe that you can make to celebrate the roses this season! You could also add some rose water to amp-up the rose flavor if you desire. 

Rose, Strawberry Lime & Rose Mock Tail: 

1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries

1 key lime, quartered

1/4 cup maple syrup with infused rose petals (you'll use 1-3 tablespoons of this for 1 drink, then save the rest) 

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup rose petals

4-5 rose petals (for muddling in drink) 

crushed ice

sparkling water

 

1. Put strawberries & lime pieces & 4-5 torn fresh rose petals into a tall glass. 

2. Make syrup: bring to a simmer the water and maple syrup. Add the 1/4 cup rose petals. Infuse the syrup for 10 minutes while it cools. 

3. Add 1-3 tablespoons of the infused syrup to the glass. Muddle with a wooden spoon or muddle. Then, add crushed ice and sparkling water to taste. Taste your drink for sweetness and add more of the syrup to taste. 

This drink is yummy and refreshing. It won't taste a lot like rose petals but it has a unqiue flavor. 

Fresh Garbanzo Beans with Chili and Lime!

fresh garbanzo beans with chili and lime

This recipe came out of the fact that I bought an interesting new ingredient at the Mexican grocery store. I began to look up ways to cook these fresh garbanzo beans and I found that you could cook them in a frying pan. Who knew? I am so excited by this new ingredient. This recipe makes an amazing snack or side dish that is so flavorful! I love the tang of the lime and the chili and salt that hits your tongue as you pop a fresh garbanzo bean out of the pod and into your mouth, such a fun experience! I love it! Do you love to try new ingredients? I hope that you have fun with this simple and fun recipe! 

I hope that you have a chance to experience this fun ingredient soon! 

You can find these fresh garbanzo beans here locally at various Mexican markets, or you can find them at Winco stores in the section by the fresh chili peppers and mushrooms by the produce. 

Fresh Garbanzo Beans with Chili and Lime: 

2 cups fresh garbanzo beans

olive oil

fresh juice from 1 lime

1 teaspoon ground chili powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Drizzle in olive oil and heat. 

2. Add in the fresh garbanzo beans still in their pods. 

3. Fry the garbanzos in the olive oil until browned. 

4. Let the garbanzos cool in a bowl off heat. Then, add the lime juice, chili powder and kosher salt. Toss to coat. 

5. Serve as a delicious side dish or a fun, healthy snack. Yum! Note: To eat, you will savor the chili, lime outside, then take off the outer shell of the bean and pop the bean in your mouth. This is a really fun snack!