I just can’t help myself; take a look at these beauties! Watching them grow is soo satisfying. HAPPY SUMMER : )
Since we grew our melons on trellises to conserve space and all, we have to tie up the little guys (or not so little guys, as the case may be) in hammocks made from those mesh bags onions and oranges come in at the supermarket.
Thus far, its working well, save for the fact that we totally underestimated the number of fruits each plant would produce. And these are only round 1 of three melon plantings! Whooot! I’ve been anxiously awaiting these since January, and in just a few weeks more we will be slurping down juicy melon and making sorbet, granitas, salads ….it’s so close I can almost taste it!
In the meanwhile, what will we actually be eating this Fourth of July? Zucchini, zucchini, zucchini! (I don’t know what possessed us to plant 8 zucchini plants for just the two of us…) And we’ve got some cherry tomatoes, a few handfuls of green beans, potatoes, lettuce, radishes and cucumbers…
If you’ve any great summer squash ideas, please share! So far, we have tried (many of these quite a few times):
- zucchini fritters (like a latke, but with zucs)
- sauteed with tomatoes, onions, garlic & herbs
- grilled, with pita & hummus (I highly recommend – but coat them with a dry rub, not marinade)
- peeled into ribbons, sauteed with butter and herbs
- zucchini bread (it didn’t come out very well…)
- squash blossoms with pasta
- baked stuffed zuc boats with rice & herbs inside
- roasted breaded zuc coins (almost like deep fried, but less greasy)
- raw, in gazpacho
- raw, grated into salad