I Do Not Believe in Too Much Zucchini!

About this time of year, people are giving their zucchini and other summer squashes away. Maybe I am just selfish (probably), but I don’t. I want them and everyone else’s all to myself. My garden didn’t do as well as I would have liked this year. My output on squashes was puny for the size and number of my plants. I am currently in what I think is the final push of production. So, I am letting them grow…as big as possible. Seeds be damned! (That is, I don’t care if they get a bit seedy.)

A student gave me a zucchini last week that measured about 16 inches long and was probably five pounds. Good deal! I sliced it thinly, roasted on a sheet with oil and salt in the oven. (I used organic red palm oil this time) After some caramelizing, I poured a pint of my husbands marinara over the top and spread it around evenly and baked it some more. This we served over the top of some polenta I made earlier and baked in the oven. Over the top, we sprinkled porcini salt and homemade vegan Parmesan (nutritional yeast, salt, minced walnut mixture).

Divine and simple.

And, it was better the next day.

-Guen

 

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Rain Water Isn’t Free, but it Should Be

I have always wanted rain barrels. Now that we are homeowners again, I can’t wait to get it going. Unfortunately for others it isn’t legal in every state and I think that is fundamentally wrong.

We don’t yet foster being responsible for our consumer behavior in this country and all too often the essential elements of life on this planet are commodities for profit. Clean air, water, and healthy food should be available to all for free.

I am not advocating you get to go to the farmer or grocery store and help yourself. But, you should be allowed to grow your own, allowed to breathe clean air, and collect the rain that falls on your house and property for personal use without paying a corporation for living naturally on your own planet.

Here is a link to a neat system that got today’s rant started. There are helpful hints regarding algae and mosquitoes in the comments. I have not researched the suggestions as of yet, but I will and so should you.

Here is a link regarding legal status of collecting rainwater in each U.S. state. Scroll down for specific laws and laws pending.

-Advocating for you,

Guen