We went to a vegetable bazaar this morning and I felt the spirit of nature there when I saw the vivid colors of fresh vegetables. I wish I had the ability of painting, I could reflect all those colors and frehness in my pictures then. Unfortunately, I can not draw even a stick man, so I decided to buy some fresh vegetables and cook them instead.
I love chatting with old ladies while shopping in this bazaar, I learn a lot of tips from them. To give an example, I learnt how to make pickles from an old lady in the bazaar. She was buying some green herbs and I asked what they were. And this long lady explained the importance of these herbs in making pickles (I’ll give the recipe of pickles later).
Do you wonder what I learnt from an old lady in the bazaar today? A very healthy vegetable dish! While I was buying some tomatoes and parsley, she asked if I knew the price of zucchini or not. The vendor was too busy, that’s why she asked me. Because I came there earlier, I heard the price from the vendor. I said it to the lady and she started to put some in a bag (we can select and put the vegetables in bags in this bazaar). This old lady seemed so friendly to me, I thought that I could ask what she would cook with zucchini. She replied with a cute smile and gave a very unique recipe of zucchini. I generally don’t prefer buying it as my husband and I find it a bit unsavory, maybe because it doesn’t have a strong taste. But we are aware of its benefits to our health, so we are open to new recipes.
After eating this zucchini dish, we agreed on that this will be one of our favorites. It was incredibly tasty. Another recipe which gives a yummy taste to zucchini was from Farida. We tried it last week and started to love zucchini thanks to her. You can find the recipe here.
So here is the zucchini recipe of the sympathetic old lady I met at bazaar:
• 4 zucchinis
• ½ cup white cheese (feta), crumbled
• ¼ cup grated yellow cheese (kashar cheese)
• A few leaves of parsley or dill
• 8 tsp butter
• Black pepper
Wash zucchinis very well and cut a vertical piece of each. But be careful, you shouldn’t cut the head and the end of it. Then carve it deeply discarding its inside. Do the same for all zucchinis. (if you don’t want to waste these parts, put them in the deep freezer to use in some vegetable stew or pies).
Put some water in a pot, add salt and boil the carved zucchinis in it for about ten minutes. When they get softer after ten (or fifteen) minutes, drain them.
Preheat the oven to 180C(350F).
For filling, in another small bowl, mince the leaves of parsley or dill and mix them well.
Lay a piece of grease paper in an oven tray. Place the zucchinis on it. Put 2 tsp butter inside each zucchini and then fill them with the cheese mixture. Finally put grated yellow cheese on the top and sprinkle little black pepper. Put it in oven and cook them until their top becomes a little brown (about 20 or 30 minutes). After they cook, you can garnish them with carrot sticks.
If you are looking for new recipes for zucchini, this will absolutely help you.
Note: The name of this dish is given by me, not from the old lady.