I’ve always heard those stories about people dropping off heaps of zucchini on people’s doorsteps in the dead of night at the height of zucchini season trying to unload some of their bounty, but it had never happened to me until last week. Joseph and I had been out most of the day and when we returned we found a bag of some of the biggest zucchini I have ever seen waiting for us at our door.
There was no note and I had no idea who had left it. Actually, over a week later, I still don’t know who left it. Perhaps they thought I would see it as a hassle, an obligation or something that I had to deal with, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. I love zucchini. I especially love it roasted with some lemon and garlic and served with pasta (in fact, I have two versions here and and here), but it’s also nice for breakfast in some carrot zucchini muffins. And it’s a good thing I like zucchini because I was now swimming in it. The bigger of the two weighed nearly 5 pounds!
When I woke up two hours before my alarm clock and couldn’t fall back asleep, I figured I had some time to do some baking before going to work. I found a recipe that makes 2 loaves, which was just about perfect. I could make my coworkers extremely happy by bringing some warm zucchini bread for breakfast, but still have an entire loaf at home to enjoy. You know, it’s all about having your cake (or zucchini bread) and eating it too!
My coworkers were indeed happy to have something to nibble on in the morning, and were especially impressed (and a bit flabbergasted) that it was still warm when they dug in. I must admit, I was kind of impressed myself. Not only did I make two loaves all before work (and on a day when I had to leave home earlier than usual to drop Joseph off at the dentist), but I even managed to get some photos in. It wasn’t my plan – I didn’t think I would have time – but I was just so impressed with the size of this zucchini and I wanted to be able to share it with all of you. I hate a wasted opportunity, but even more than that, I figured many of you might be up to your ears in zucchini from your garden (or your friends’ gardens!) and looking for some ways to use it up. So you here you go!