Thursday, July 7, 2011

On my mind: Edible landscaping and using up zucchini!

Okay, I'll give this edible landscaping a a little bed at the front entry no less! To an existing bit of blue rug juniper, a couple of small bushes, some chives, white phlox and a mum, I've added red cabbage, fennel, thyme, Greek oregano and Texas tarragon. Added a couple of non-edibles: two coleus whose variegated leaves will add a blend of green plus the deep red color as found in the cabbages. I figured I'd let this bed grow a tad and then fill in with some types of flowers once I decide what more color is needed to keep it from just looking like a vegetable patch. Wish me luck!
Toted my plants bought on clearance home in the marine cooler that pretty much lives in my car. Absolutely LOVE having a cooler ready on hand whenever I need one!
Hey, I'm keeping up with the zucchini so far!! Used up the harvest today with a zucchini gratin and a crustless zucchini quiche. I love pie crusts, but trying not to eat anything but "slow carbs," except on cheat days.

Little grandgirl hands were a big help when adding herbs and layers of zucchini, onions, panko crumbs & dairy to the gratin.

I thought I had heavy cream in the fridge, but Hubby had used it all for his coffee! Had to fall back and punt: used a mixture of sour cream and mayo instead.
   Isn't it fun to be in the thick of summer nowadays? For those of you down under, I guess the reverse is true: likely you're happy to get a bit of a cool down! Wherever you are, hope today shone brightly upon you, whatever the temperature or weather!!
   Thanks, Rhonda at down-to-earth, for sharing this On My Mind concept. What's on your mind today? Share your link here or on down-to-earth.


Lace up and Walk said...

Good idea to keep a cooler in the car. I know it'd come in handy when out running errands. Zucchini gratin sounds yummy!

Domesblissity said...

Hi DMarie. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog AND voting for me. I really, really appreciate it. I love all of my Nanna's recipes and they are all no fail recipes, quick and easy and very, very tasty.

I love the idea of an edible landscape. It seems to be taking off all over the world, including here in Australia.

Thanks again Dmarie!

Anne @ Domesblissity x

Niki said...

Our zucchini just became ready this week, our summer squash is going crazy too.

I am still impatiently waiting for pepper ans tomatoes. Should be coming soon, I think.

Hear Mum Roar said...

An edible landscape? What a marvellous idea!

Kristi said...

That look's so yummy i just love zucchinis but dont know what to do with them thanks for the idear.

{ T G L } said...

I am in awe of your 'edible landscaping' - it's like the perfect combination of beauty, functionality and sustainability.

And your zucchini gratin looks delicious... mmmmmMMM! :)

Visiting from the 'Down to Earth' link-up. On my mind is the Sabbath/Weekend and how to make it super-special with my hubby :)

This Good Life

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Scarlet said...

Thanks for stopping by at Beyond the Nook- you're right , my heart has been stolen. Although it is summer here in England, the forecast temperature for today in my little patch is a very cool 13c I thought I would be enjoying zucchini and blue cheese soup by now , but all we have had are a couple of very small fruits.Your gratin looks delicious.

Rose said...

I love the idea of edible landscapes but that gratin --- yum!

Susan said...

Your edible garden will be lovely. I've done it (in a very haphazard way), and everything seems to support each other beautifully.

The zucchini recipes sound yummy - nice to have young helpers in the kitchen too.

Anonymous said...

That zucchini looks good! I thought I planted cantaloupe in my garden but it is turning out to be zucchini! love,andrea

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

The zucchini gratin looks delicious! It's always side veggie in my household but zucchini gratin gives a nice debut as a main dish!

Reginas Cottage said...

the zucchini recipes sounds very,very yummie.thanks for sharing
have a nice weekend,

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