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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Squash (soup, mildew, and doll)


Could summer be any more pretty, sunny, and yellow!


Summer Squash Soup with Parsley Mint Pistou

(can you tell which is the male and which is the female flower?)
Male flowers are good for stuffing with goat cheese and herbs, dipping in raw egg, coating with flour and frying in oil for a pillow of oozy delight)

Finely chop 1/2 medium onion and saute in 1 TBSP of butter until soft.

Add this to a very deep and large saute pan along with

2 carrots coarsely chopped

1 large potato coarsely chopped

2 pounds of yellow summer squash seeds and stem removed ,coarsely chopped

1/2 tsp of salt

4 cups of water or stock

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until vegetables are soft

Cool for 10 minutes.

Puree everything in small batches in a blender until totally smooth and transfer to a large bowl.

Reheat in a large pot if desired or pour into individual serving bowls.

Pistou

In a food processor add

3/4 cup of fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup of fesh parsley tops

1/'4 tsp of salt

2 TBSP of water

1/4 cup of olive oil

Blend until smooth

Spoon 1 TBSP of pistou into each serving bowl and swirl into the soup.

Enjoy! This is an amazing way to get rid of an abundance of summer squash.




I have a powdery mildew infestation.


You can nip it in the bud with a solution of 90% chamomile tea and 10% milk (no more!)


Once cooled pour it into a spray bottle and apply it to the tops and undersides of all affected leaves and those nearby. You can remove the worst leaves by hand. Overhead watering and wind will spread the spores. I had great luck with this solution early in the season when I had a few small plants. Now I have to settle for just spraying the tops of the leaves and keeping  the damage to a minimum until the squash is done.

This has been the ideal bed for squash with all the compost from last years apple production. Unfortunately there is such a mixture of squash varieties very close together. I will have to do crop rotation to avoid hybrids like "pumpkini" or do a real good job of preventing any seeds from falling on the soil ( impossible with all the squirrels we have).


Squash flowers make lovely homemade dolls.
(answere to quiz -female flower)
smaller flowers, open less and close sooner in the day, "female" parts instead of pollen parts.

The Kaz. Princess was very pleased with this spontaneous creation and immediately put it in her stroller for a ride. She has never given any other "doll" this honor. Another plug for Waldorf philosophy. Mommy made better than China made. One of my strongest memories as a child is making dolls out of hollyhock flowers.

New addition to this blog, posts about growing and making food etc.  Don't worry there will be a toy post on Friday. Does any one else hate this new Picassa way of dowloading photos? Like I have any more free minutes to take away from the important job of parenting and playing with KP.


1 comment:

  1. The soup looks so interesting! I don't have squash growing but I could get some from the farmer's market. My parsley is about dead---this is the first time it has happened and I think it is because I changed its location. I think it is too sunny where I have it and we have been having very hot days here.

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