Zucchini Ribbons with Goat Cheese; my weird garden

After I made the Pasta with Goat Cheese the other day I had a bit of goat cheese left.

We were in the middle of a heatwave and I was sadly lacking in imagination. I decided to do the same thing but with zucchini noodles rather than pasta.

That was good, too and made a nice, quick and easy, first course.

Again, I was too lazy to even get out the spiralizer.

It’s cooled off now so I may start cooking again….. We went from 36C (97F) last weekend to 20C (68F) this weekend.

It might be fall.

Zucchini Ribbons with Goat Cheese

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 1 medium zucchini (courgette), about 8 ” (20cm)
  • 3 tbs soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Zucchini Ribbons with Goat Cheese


  • Cut zucchini into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler.
  • Sauté in olive oil in large skillet briefly, 2 – 3 minutes
  • Remove from heat, add goat cheese and stir until cheese melts.
  • Add tomatoes, basil and serve.

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My potager has been weird this year.

Actually, I say that every year for varying reasons so maybe it’s been perfectly normal (weird being the new normal).

I have four courgette / zucchini / summer squash plants: dark green, green stripe, yellow and white. One would think with four plants I would have enough to fill my own freezer and the freezers of every person within a hundred mile radius.

One would be wrong.

The season started out good with a few to pick every day. I had enough to make and freeze as much soup as I wanted to, make an occasional bread and still have plenty to eat for dinner. But, at no time did I ever have too many.

It’s only the first of September and I have none. I’ve picked two in the last two weeks. That is just not normal.

The look okay and they flower but no vegetables. Maybe the lack of bees is causing a pollination problem.

I planted two spaghetti squash plants. One plant produced 10 squash; the other produced two. Normally I get 4 or 5 per plant.

I have four butternut squash plants. Again, normally I get 4 or 5 per plant. This year I have 7 total, and 4 of those are so small they’re not worth bothering with (but, of course, I will).

To say the sweet corn was pathetic would be too kind. You can see it there, on the left. We actually did get a few, small ears.

The beans did well….

I’ve gotten lots of yellow and orange tomatoes but hardly any red ones.

The onions, however, were a real bumper crop.

I try to appreciate what I have and not bemoan what I don’t…..

But gardening can be really frustrating.

I’ll blame it on the weather.

Last update on September 3, 2017

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