Random Zucchini Bread….

So I have to admit sometimes the most random things happen to me. I just can’t explain it, I don’t know if it’s that I just seem to be in the right place at the right time, or I’m just lucky, cursed, who knows!

I was doing some shopping and started up a conversation with the cashier, turns out another customer had asked her to bring them in a zucchini from her garden and then never showed. She pulled out this huge zucchini from under the counter and asked me if I would like it.  Having no clue what I was going to do with it I said sure, shoved it in my shopping bag and headed out to my car….

So I realized when I got home that here I was with this HUGE zucchini and no idea what to do with it…. So I started going through my old hand me down cook books and found on a beyond stained page a recipe from one of those elementary school fundraisers  that we got when I was in Grade 1….

So here it is, Chocolate Pineapple Zucchini bread!

I’m going to include the recipe here seeing as it is baking and even I follow a recipe when it comes to baking!

3 eggs beaten

3 cups flour

1 cup veg oil

2 tsp baking soda

2 cups white sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 cups shredded zucchini

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp nutmeg

1 cup drained crushed pineapple

1 cup chocolate chips

So of course I gather all my ingredients at the beginning… You can’t see the flour and the sugar in the first picture, that is because we buy in bulk and then dump these into huge white buckets that are just to big to put on the counter…

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Start by dumping all the dry ingredients into one bowl 

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And the wet in another… I don’t know about you but I’ve always considered sugar a ‘wet’ ingredient I’m not sure why, I think I heard about it somewhere just can’t remember where… 

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Mix the wet and add the zucchini and the pineapple 

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I thought using the electric beater would help with this but honestly it was a mess…. But I mixed the zucchini and the pineapple in with the wet ingredients.  

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When that was done instead of sifting the dry ingredients like the recipe said to do I just ran my whisk through them a few times until they were combined. 

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Still being stubborn and persevering with that damn electric mixer while I added in the dry ingredients to the wet a little at a time.   

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A little bit more… 

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Finally I got smart and switched to my wooden spoon… I don’t know about you but if you cook a lot like I do, I develop a particular attachment to one wooden spoon that you use for EVERYTHING and this one happens to be mine! 

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and mix some more… 

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Once I got the wet  and dry all mixed together, I mixed in the chocolate chips!

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And got my pans prepared, and by prepared I mean greased and coated in a fine coat of flour! 

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At first I thought I’d just have a few things so I only prepared a couple of pans…. 

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Little did I realize, there was WAY more batter then I had anticipated! Bake them at 350 until done! I am not going to give an exact time. 1. because everyones oven is different, and two I have so many different sized pans going that I will be taking things out at all different times!

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 And viola, after baking these are the finished product!

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Best way to have these is still warm right with butter melting into them! 

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When I started out on this recipe I NEVER imagined I would have made so much, but that is what the freezer is for!

 

I hope you give these a try!

Stuffed mushrooms!

 

Earlier this summer for some reason we had a stock pile of mushrooms just taking up room in the fridge. I wasn’t in the mood for fried mushrooms, or a mushroom and cheese omelette, or really anything that I would typically do with mushrooms. I wanted something quick and easy so I opened the fridge and saw some mayo, half an onion, some garlic, bread crumbs, cheese, and some greek yogurt.  So I pulled all this out and decided I was going to make stuffed mushrooms!!! Everyone loved them so they have become a staple in my cooking arsenal!

As per usual I pulled out all my ingredients so I’m not running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to dig out things I need as I’m making them.

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I start by popping the stems out of the mushrooms and putting them aside for later. 

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Instead of washing or wiping the tops of the mushrooms I just peel the outer skin off, I find this makes a nicer final result. 

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I busted out my handy dandy mini food chopper… 

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And chopped those mushrooms FINE….. I’m stuffing them in a little hole, so I want to get the most flavour for such a small bite… (I’ll let you read your own innuendo’s into that last sentence)  

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 Next I finally diced the onion and garlic,

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Again chopped them FINE! 

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Grated some cheddar and parm

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Threw in some low fat may and greek yogurt… I swear since I discovered greek yogurt a few months ago I feel like that old lady on the hot sauce commercial… I put that shit in everything! It’s great for you, and has lots of protein!) 

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Then to help bind it all together I throw in some bread crumbs and salt and pepper, (feel free to use whatever you like to season, this is cooking not rocking science!) 

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And mix! 

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Now I made these to go with the sticky chicken I made and had a little bit of the sauce left over…. So I figured why not, and added in the last of the sauce into the mushroom mixture, hell it couldn’t taste bad could it? 

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And again I mixed! 

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Busted out the handy dandy portion scoop, I really could have used a teaspoon but I like when I can use my gadgets!  

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Now here is where some people may get all up in arms…. “Why didn’t you clean out the gills of the mushrooms???? OMG that’s so gross!!!” Well guess what when you order fried mushrooms on your steaks in a resturant, they don’t clean out the gills…, in fact the only time I clean out the gills in my mushrooms is when I’m working with large portobello mushrooms. 

That being said…. I stuffed those mushrooms with the amazing filling!

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Here they are ready for the oven… 

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And baked until brown on top and some liquid has oozed out and browned underneath the mushroom caps! 

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And served!!! 

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This has become my new favourite vegetable side dish to go with any meal! If you try these out let me know and leave a comment below.

 

There is no recipe for these just use whatever you think would taste good!