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Courgette (Zucchini) Soup; and Inherited Pack Rat Tendencies — 27 Comments

  1. I’ve never made zucchini soup, can you believe it? I’m sure it’s delicious. It sounds delicious with pesto, or even a bit of parmesan cheese!
    I’m laughing because I’m also a neat pack rat. Recently I realized my collection of plastic refrigerator containers is out of control. (I keep changing my mind about what size I want.) I’m trying to figure out who I can give some to, since I can’t bear to just throw them away.

  2. I think you’ve described me as well: a neat packrat. I loathe having things in the fridge I don’t have an immediate use for and I want it put away/put to use ASAP, but I can’t part with any of it, since I might need it. Like towards the end of the cranberry season, I had to buy a few extra bags because SOON THEY WOULD BE GONE! So now I have a few bags in the freezer. Waiting. 😉
    I’ve never had zucchini soup but it sure looks good!
    Also, about the internet radio thing, another good one you may or may not have heard of: http://www.pandora.com. Its not good for finding specific stuff that you like, but it is very good at helping to expose you to things that it thinks you will like (it plays something, you give it thumbs up/down, and it adjusts what it plays next, and so on, learning all the while. Pretty neat!)

  3. I tried out a zucchini soup for the first time last year and I was suprised by the all the flavour it had…no doubt your soup was much enjoyed by the family.

  4. Ah, isn’t this the story in most homes? I’m at a stage where I’m trying to throw out everything I don’t need, and the Spouse is quite the opposite. However much I try, there are little piles of bills and books all over the place! And even then, I can’t say it’s all the Spouse’s doing.

  5. I’ve tried to save stuff for later, but usually ended up having a feng shui attack and throwing/giving it all away.

  6. I’m a neat-ish freak, married to a pack rat. In an unspoken way, we’ve divided our territory — neat pantry, messy barn and half of the cellar to each of us. The freezer is entirely my terrain, and it’s also filled with things I made in summer to last through the winter. Time to stop saving and start eating!

  7. Betty, Mustard! What a good idea…I’m surprised I didn’t think of it, as I tend to put mustard in just about everything…
    Thanks, Ulrike – and thanks for hosting 😉
    Kalyn, don’t even talk to me about plastic containers… and don’t get mon mari started either… Try the soup – it’s great cold in the summer!
    Mike, Pandora WAS great – but they cut off all of us Eurpeans last fall! I got in such a habit of stocking up when we lived in Andorra – they would have, say, Teriyaki sauce once, and then not again for 2 years. So we all got in the habit of buying up everything in sight…Bad inventory control As to the cranberries…guilty! I found them for the first time in 10 years… You can guess the rest…
    Peter, it is a bit surprising as one doesnt’ usually think of zucchini as being that flavorful..
    Sra, mon mari through out my sewing machine… but that’s another story…
    Colleen, maybe that’s what I need, an attack of something…as long as it doesn’t hurt!
    Lydia, I just have to convince mon mari not to mess with MY stuff…it hasn’t been easy (not above reference to sewing machine)

  8. Don’t you think it’s interesting how many couples, and successful couples at that, have those areas of polar opposition. Glad to hear Détente was re-established.
    Sounds like yummy soup. I’ll have to try that freezer trick with the zuc.

  9. I was a serious pack rat also when we lived in Ohio. There were just the two of us and we had a hugh 4 bedroom house with a full basement, extra large double size garage and a fairly nice barn. Talk about stuff! My hubby was just as much a pack rat as I with his workshop. Most of my pack rat stuff was related to the kitchen in one way or another. But when we move to Key West to a very small 2 bedroom home with no basement or garage and a very small lot, the word in our vocabulary was DOWN SIZE! It took me quite some time to get over giving away most of my stuff, but it was farmed out to family and friends. So that made me feel better!
    Your soup looks and sounds wonderful. I remember the abundence of zucchini that would show up on doorsteps when we lived north. Too funny! They would even show up in our mailboxes!

  10. I like it that you’re a “neat pack rat”. I come from a “throw away family”. I find it hard to recycle a lot of things and reuse them…thank goodbness for the Blue Box and their recycling program 😀 The zucchini soup sounds so comforting on a day like this…although the sun is shining today…a rare occasion in the valley in the winter “D

  11. I admire that you save all of your veggies and freeze them. I would like to so when I get out “more on my own”.
    This sounds so creamy and light. I love the garnish with Greek yogurt. I LOVE Greek yogurt-so creamy and tangy. So good for sweet and savory applications.

  12. My wife is a pack rat. The fridge is always full, freezer too. All around the apartment are boxes filled with this and that, everytime I try to get things out she says she needs everything. I’ve tried the 12 month rule, you know, where if you don’t use or touch something for 12 months…out it goes, but nothing ever leaves, our apartment is like a big, black hole, sucking in everything from the universe, no frozen zucchinis though, I’m not even going to tell her they can be frozen, it’s zucchini season here right now.

  13. What’s wrong with saving things in the freezer? I have a whole collection of things in there. I’m sure they will be worth a lot of money someday! 🙂
    Beautiful soup!!! I’m going to make it and store some of it in the freezer.

  14. Lovely looking soup. Have never made zuccini soup before. The recipe sounds very tempting. I love the garnish with Greek yogurt. I love the use of Greek yogurt-so creamy and tangy.

  15. I am a recovered pack rat so I understand both sides. It is a really hard habit to break, but there is a freedom to it, really. In any case, I love storing veggies for later use, and I am sure I would do the same as you if I had a garden of my own. But the farmer’s market will have to do for me! That soup looks really beautiful with its rich green color!

  16. I’m also a Pack Rat, Katie. My garage is full of things I will probably never ever use again, but I cannot throw all that stuff away… just in case, one day I need or I can let it to someone. I still have my school books and notebooks! This Zuchini soup is lovely, easy and quick. Thanks!

  17. I have the same genetic background, except less in the tidy department. My parents keep their marriage happy by the happy expedient of a whole separate room for my father in the basement. Tools, wood, camping gear, paint. If you need it, he can find it. Just don’t try to find it yourself!

  18. Tanna, it freezes really well – and then you delay the trip to the compost pile by at least 6 months!
    Deb, we’re still working on the down-sizing part. We get rid of a bit more with each move… but never enough.
    Val, I think I’ve gotten worse since we are no longer gainfully employed. I used to have the attitude that ‘throw it out, if I need it I’ll buy another’, Now I’m just the opposite. Have to work on that ‘happy medium’ thing!
    Emiline, gardens are great – so is Greek Yogurt. But, I’ve always wanted to live in a city – never have…
    Neil, I told her – beware the green invasion of the freezer… I’m also going to send her some of my plastic containers. I don’t mind getting rid of them if I know they’ll be in a good hole, I mean, home.
    Sher, that’s what e-bay is for, right?
    Archana, I never had either, but if you plant the green monsters, you have to get creative.
    JennDZ, one can RECOVER? There’s hope!
    Georgetta, that’s what freezers are for!
    Oh, Nuria, I still have MY schoolbooks… One never knows when a refresher in trigonometry will be needed.
    Lynn, and I bet your mother will never clean it….smart woman!

  19. Mmmm…yummy soup. And the picture isn’t hurting, either.
    Thank you for the radio tip. I’m going to try it out.
    Heidi

  20. Tigerfish, I didn’t know that until after I finished the post…serendipity…
    Heidi, it’s a great deal ….with some pretty bazarre stations…

  21. When my father died it took us several long days cleaning out his garage (no car only junk) and his many shed but we had lots of laughs and memories as we turfed everything out.
    I didn’t know you could freeze courgettes I thought they just turned to water. Thanks for the hint. They are cheap now being summer.
    Once again an interesting post..love them Katie

  22. Wow, that soup looks yummy.
    Its funny I was just talking with my friend the other day and she was adamant that you could not freeze zuccini. I’m glad she is WRONG! We love zuccini and are always trying figure out what to do with it all.