Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shaved Zucchini Salad

After several days on our boat there are fewer vegetable options. Zucchihi keeps for a long time on the shelf of our ice box so we grill a lot of zucchini. It was a hot night and we weren't planning to grill, so what to do with the zucchini? I thought of a shaved zucchini pizza we had recently at Three Tomatoes.  I had been intending to use shaved zucchini with pasta, but it was too hot a night for pasta.  Then I remembered Shaved Asparagus Salad. I didn't have scallions, but I did have a have basil (rooted basil keeps for a very long time in water).  Recipe serves 2, scale accordingly.

Wash and dry

2 small zucchihi, remove the stems and cut in half lengthwise

Using a vegetable peeler, thinly slice the zucchini, starting at one edge, into thin ribbons.  Use a sharp knife to slice any residual pieces into small, thin pieces.

Put the shaved zucchini into a bowl, The make the dressing by combining:

2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 t fresh lemon juice
Pepper to taste
2 T thinly sliced basil (and/or 2-3 thinly sliced scallions)

Add the dressing to the salad and gently toss.

Top with freshly grated Parmesean.

Reviewed 6/18/2017

Make Strawberry Stains Vanish

Ever take a toddler strawberry picking, or for that matter give the toodler warm, juicy strawberries to eat?  The delightful result is a trickle of strawberry juice out the corners of the mouth and down the front of the shirt.  When Henry recently decorated his shirt with red strawberry juice, Alex said not to worry just pour boiling water over the stains.  Hot water removes strawberry stains!
I felt like a magician! On contact with boiling water the stains vanished.  Alex advises, DO NOT use any soap or other stain remover on the fabric before applying the hot water. If other treatments are used prior to the hot water, the stains will not dissappear.

Wish I had known this trick last Christmas when strawberry juice from our Strawberry Shortcake ended up on my white table cloth.
And, I must confess this technique also worked well on my clothes after a recent morning of strawberry picking.
Reviewed 9/20/2017