Anyway I don't scare everyone. Or maybe I do. If that will get you to grow your own. Find a CSA co-op and join. Befriend a farmer and support their hard earned efforts. And if I can get you to go out and dig a 10x10 square in your yard and plant it instead of mowing, fertilizing, cutting down, watering and wasting other precious resources like time and money? I'll be happy.
So here's my first installment of Don't Mow It. Grow It! Where I eat out of my yard. Sometimes it's the garden but sometimes it's a "weed"... and since my dandelion root tincture has brought $8 an oz? Weed Up, Baby!
Zuke Flower Fritters stuffed with Homemade Ricotta and Green Lentils
zucchinis are about the easiest thing to grow in a garden. so much in fact that people can't GIVE them away in the summer after harvest. I've gotten around this by planting fewer plants ( 4-5), staggering my planting weeks, pulling the fruit when it's small to eat raw or marinated on sandwiches, eating the leaves sauteed and pulling the flowers to stuff and make fritters.
Making your own ricotta is the easiest thing in the world and here's my favorite recipe from David Lebovitz who, despite living The Sweet Life in Paris with access to over 300 types of cheese has a hard time finding the Italian fresh blending cheese, and he's streamlined it. You'll never go back.
Okay, the lentils are cooked to very soft, drained, pureed with salt, olive oil and smoked Spanish paprika.