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Funny thing is, we didn't do anything special. That colossal zucchini just sort of happened by itself.

I never used to have my own garden, but now I understand the old story of the people who broke into somebody's car to put zucchini in their passenger seat....
You can grate them and pickle for relish.

National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor's Porch Day is celebrated on August 8 this year, get your running shoes ready!
Everyone then should be making Mukver now, really:
https://cheftalk.com/threads/mückver-à-la-féta-what-is-it.88288/#post-526812

I fell in love with this stuff making it en casserole (instead of fried patties) then chilling.
 

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Before time runs out.....
Just a picture of the end result:
Rendang with veges and rice

I had been given some bean sprouts (by my neigbour), still had some tomatoes (bought from my other neighbour), green peas (I have to admit, they came from the freezer section in the supermarket), bacon, garlic and red onion.

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And another one:
The other day I decided to grind beef ribs and silverside together.
I had egg plants that needed finishing and made a couple of different dishes:

I got given some spice mix that I never used before.
Mixed it with the ground beef and added red onions
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Made a sauce out of yoghurt, fresh mint, garlic and some cucumber
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Cooked the thinly sliced eggplant on the braai
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And the little baharat burgers
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Dinner time
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Baharat, hmmm, a bunch of well known players that often go together in some combination. Just thinking out loud that today I heard mention of Goat Meat Spice Soup, kind of African origin and containing rather little known spices.
 

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I tried a form of mukver myself. Shredded zucchini and onion, feta, cilantro (I don't like dill much), some egg and flour to bind it. It was kind of squodgy and difficult to cook effectively, but eventually it more or less worked out.
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So... yet more zucchini! (And I just noticed that there's another huge one that was hiding under the leaves....)
 

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I'm awfully late to the party but have a few simple offerings. This is Panzanella with Pickled Lemon and Rosemary:

Rosemary from my garden:

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Heritage tomatoes from the Isle of Wight:

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Basil leaves from the window sill:

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I baked cubes of leftover sourdough with chopped rosemary and a drizzle of olive oil:

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Chopped half a rather large pickled lemon:

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And mixed it all together with olive oil and wine vinegar dressing. Let it stand for 15 mins to soften the croutons in the dressing.

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The end of the month and no entries from me. Shucks.

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Was planning on some cucumber soup and an eggplant dish, didn't get around to either. This white eggplant might be ready to harvest soon, though. And a couple of you posted pics of your rosemary plants, looking good! Much better than what is left of mine.

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Oh well. Hopefully my work schedule will be conducive to getting something done ffor the August challenge.

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It’s August and the dog days of summer are here. Also I have to make a decision on the winner of the July Monthly Challenge. I believe this gets harder every time. We had 78 replies to the thread. Not every one was an entry but the discussions about how to deal with gardens and garden pests were fun and entertaining.

The entries were all wonderful and all deserve credit. We had more than eight members enter many with several entering more than one time. I could have placed all the entries on the wall closed my eyes and thrown a dart and whichever was hit could have won.

There were great looking and I’m sure tasting salads, Tomatoes used many ways, okra, eggplant, fruits, and of course zucchini. Some ingredients I am not familiar with but looking forward to trying. I even looked at another thread that had a peach pie that made my mouth water.

Now the winner is one who entered with several different ingredients. The next entry would often re purpose leftovers, or planed overs at my house. Compound butters, roasted gazpacho, a watermelon keg, and the varied use of cooking methods finally made up my mind. I was also influenced by the number of likes received. Congratulations on using everything in the fridge and presenting great dishes.

Millionknives is the July Monthly Challenge winner.
 
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