Zucchini & Loathing (Carrots) in PDX
Hi. My name’s C.E. Schwilk and I have a pastry addiction. Any baked goods, really. It started early with cake – then I started main-lining French crullers in high school, then it only got worse as my better-half introduced me to Cornish pasties, scones, butter-soaked crumpets, and now we slum it with cheap, stale, horrible doughnuts for a quick fix (though we do splurge on bostock when we’re feeling particularly in need of something classy).
As I mentioned previously, we got gifted a lot of zucchini. So much that we had to diversify our recipes. There is only so much sliced and sauteed zucchini you can have every day before you’re bored to death of it. I suggested zucchini bread.
I’ve had zucchini bread once before, years ago. It was delicious, if not a bit on the moist and stodgy side. Until that time, I wasn’t really a fan of zucchini. I suspect it was really just leftover childhood rebellion against vegetables in general.
Yes. This omnivore-turned-vegetarian used to hate eating vegetables – carrots in particular. I blame my grandparents for overcooking them into mushy orange disks. Every night, I had to clean my plate (no sneaking bits off to eagerly awaiting pets). I didn’t want keen rabbit eyesight and as soon as I wasn’t forced to eat carrots, I stopped – for years.
Anyway, back to my addiction. We had been making banana bread for weeks, solely because we’d buy bananas with the intention of using them for smoothies but forgetting about them and the bananas would get too ripe. At least we could still save them and have delicious bread. This time we replaced bananas with zucchini – and even added carrots!
I’ve found zucchini-banana bread recipes online, which intrigue me enough to try. Why separate my loaves of love? I really don’t know if I can break this addiction. We don’t even use chocolate chips (like some recipes I’ve seen)!
Talk to me!
What’s the one food item you can’t stand? Have you tried to prepare it differently to see if that changed your mind about it?