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An omnivore attempting vegetarianism, a writer attempting to get published, just another person just trying to stay out of jail.

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Zucchini & Loathing (Carrots) in PDX

banana bread, before bakingHi. 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. bread zuccUntil 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.

banana 2Anyway, 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?


Zu-Pasta? Spagh-chini? Zoodles? Whatever, Tasty Neologisms!

zucc-noodles2Whenever my better-half wings it with meals, there is always some silly name used to punctuate the occasion. You don’t really want to know what we’ve named our imaginary children – but you can be sure it wouldn’t even be approved here, in the land of special snowflakes and their crotchfruit, scarring everybody for life. (thanks, Internet)

Although making up silly names for dishes is completely okay, right?

We were recently gifted with a ton of zucchini from a friend and all I knew what to do with it was make zucchini bread (future post!) so I did what I do best: look to the Internet for assistance. The idea for turning the summer squash into noodles appealed to me most because I really needed a pasta fix. I love pasta far too much for my own good, so any chance to increase my pasta-intake without actual pasta was a step in the right direction.

zucc-noodles1Using the julienne peeler again, we took two of the biggest zucchinis we had and peeled them lengthwise until we started hitting the seeds. I made long strands and it did take on the look of pasta, although a little more green and wet. We only cooked them for about ten minutes and used a vodka sauce, adding more diced squash and bell peppers to the mix. We also added quinoa for that “ground meat” texture.

In hindsight, we decided that a much lighter sauce would have worked better – the zucchini noodles were very tasty on their own, and we should have made a lot more noodles than we did. (also, we forgot cheese!) That’s the plan for next time!

Talk to me!

I love the sound of “zoodles” – fun to say! Zooooooooodles. What have you (silly or serious) named your own dishes?

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