Barbecued Zucchini (Courgette), random bits

How’s you’re zucchini crop doing?

I normally pick them small to keep the crop under control but, occasionally, I let them get a bit bigger so mon mari can cook them on the grill…. His favorite way of having zucchini.

Normally, he just drizzles them with olive oil and sprinkles a little Parmesan on top.

Sometimes I can convince him to add some barbecue flavor.

Mon mari says “they are done when they start to sag in the middle and they have brown grill marks on them”.

You can put them in a basket, but he does them directly on the grill.

Barbecued Zucchini (Courgette)

Total time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium zucchini, about 10 inches (25cm)
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Barbecued Zucchini

Instructions:

  • In small bowl mix all ingredients except zucchini.
  • Slice zucchini into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Do not peel first.
  • Put rounds onto a plate and spoon a bit of sauce onto each side.
  • Place directly onto grill of barbecue.  Grill just until soft and starting to brown, 10 – 15 minutes, turning once.
  • Remove and serve.

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First: I was going through my scarves the other day…. I live in France; scarves are almost mandatory.

Anyway, I love scarves, especially interesting, unique scarves. If you do, too, let me pass on a site: Sacred Silks.

This isn’t an ad, just some info.

I’ve had a few of her scarves for years and, when I ran across one the other day I was curious. I wondered if she was still doing them.

She is, and her line has expanded. Her designs are based on ‘sacred sites’ – Notre Dame, St, Paul’s Cathedral, etc. If you like scarves, have a look. Nice when someone you know (albeit slightly) succeeds.

Second: We were shopping today…. Just the usual: food, dog treats, etc. We left the girls happily on their beds, with their favorite peanut butter kongs.

When we came home it was strangely quiet; no excited barking when I got out of the car.

I opened the door and there were no dogs running to greet me.

Then I heard yelping and barking and crying coming from the dining room.

The dining room door was closed.

When I opened the door I was attacked by two frantic, terrified dogs.

They had been shut into: A. Room. That. Is. Not. Allowed.

They jumped and cried and ran in circles. It took me about 5 minutes to get them calmed down enough to let them outside.

I’m guessing that they spotted a lizard or a spider or something running in the dining room, went in to investigate and the wind blew the door shut, trapping the guilty pair in their transgression.

They had very sound naps this afternoon.

Third: Does everyone in the U.S. have a Starbucks coffee every day? And are they expensive? I keep having various services being touted as ‘no more than your daily coffee’.

The implication is that I can surely afford this service for my blog or that enhancement for my website for the paltry sum of 100 dollars a month because I already spend that much on coffee.

Do people really spend 1200 dollars a year on their morning coffee?

Is 100 dollars a month really a paltry sum?

Apparently, I’ve been living in the middle of nowhere, without a salary, for too long.

I believe I am now, officially, ‘out of it’.

And that’s the extent of my rambling for this day.

11 thoughts on “Barbecued Zucchini (Courgette), random bits”

  1. My coffee comes out of a plastic tub with Folgers written on the side. It’s cheap and good enough for me. I have friends who spend upwards of $8 a day on some grand frappla lup china rino something.

  2. Phoenicia, I hadn’t googled her for ages and really was so happy to see she was still doing it. Nice to see someone’s dream working.

    wonky73. mine is the local store brand…. And for special occasions I had a dash of cocoa. 8 a day? That’s almost 3,000 a year. Yikes! Yep, I’m out of the loop!

  3. In Australia I maybe spent $4.00 on a large take away. In Marrakech the take away coffee culture does not exist and I make my own using a French press at the riad or use my secondhand Nespresso machine at home but there is a Starbucks here if you are longing to pay through the nose and order a pumpkin spice decaf latte or such like.

  4. We have a Kuerig which we no longer use since we bought a Nespresso. I probably have 20 different coffees to choose from since we bought it. We are hooked! They cost 70-75¢ apiece and range in intensity from 4-12. The milk foamer makes it simple to make a late or cappuccino. I never did like that over-priced over-roasted Starbucks crap.

    Cheers,
    Chuck

  5. Yes, many Americans spend $3-$5 daily on a cup of coffee at Starbucks or Pete’s. It’s a thing, now. Even My Beloved and I walk down most mornings to town to get a cup of coffee. We have a Starbucks in our little town, but we prefer the coffee, the prices, and the family who runs the other cafe in town, so we go there. It’s more expensive than making it at home, but it gets us up and out for a walk, often our only motivation. ?

  6. Why yes, I do have a major weakness for silk scarves… in fact, it makes it so I cannot afford to go to any kind of coffee chain (upmarket or not) every day. Not that I would. I am a snob and I think their overpriced coffee is inferior.

    The local farmers’ market was selling beautiful yellow zucchini last week. It didn’t occur to us to grill them though. We turned them into fritters (sort of like your timbales but not as beautifully shaped).

  7. I have a cousin who was big time into Starbucks … and they joked about it being a “real” budget item. I on the other time do enjoy a really good coffee and I’ll probably pay than some will BUT I’ll be making it at home. Starbucks has always tasted burnt to me so I actually refuse to buy it in any shape.
    Always in the market more zucchini ideas and this looks great.

  8. Kate, no take-away culture here, either, although I am seeing a few Starbucks around. People just don’t want to walk and drink or eat!

    brassfrog, we have a Senseo, which I don’t thinks is available in the US. It uses small paper pads or we just use our own ground…. no plastic cups, And no frothing milk…. sigh. But I could buy a proper espresso machine….

    Zoomie, now having it at the end of a lovely morning walk is totally different! Then it’s worth it.

    Uncle Bob – good and so easy! We like easy in summer

    Elizabeth, scarves trump overpriced inferior coffee any day. For the grilled squashes you really need to have bigger ones – we grill the ones I ‘miss’ in the garden LOL

    Tanna, coffee culture is really big in Spain – but they have really good coffee and it’s cheap. On the 2 1/2 hour bus ride from Andorra to Barcelona there was always a 20 minute coffee stop for the passengers.

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