Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Spice Bread; Bye bye bunnies :-(

I’ve been making a lot of zucchini bread.

The only kind I’ve never made is the one that used to sneak into our office a million times every  summer 25 years ago. You know the one… It was just called ‘Zucchini Bread’….

Not Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread or Lemon Zucchini Bread or Cheese & Olive Zucchini Bread.

I remember that it was light in color and the green zucchini flecks were very visible.

I tend to use white or yellow summer squash which is less obvious.

I think I may be done with it for a bit, though. Today is the first day since the beginning of July that I had no summer squash to harvest. Tomorrow yes, but not today.

Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Spice Bread

Total time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

 Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).
  • Prepare 2 9 X 5 loaf pans: buttered and floured.
  • Cream together eggs and sugars.
  • Add oil and beat lightly.
  • Stir in zucchini and vanilla.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (put the flour on top first and the rest of the ingredients on top of the flour) and stir in well.
  • Divide batter evenly between pans and bake for 55 – 60 minutes. The top should be cracked and look dry. Test with a toothpick inserted into the middle: it should come out clean and dry. If not done leave in for 5 more minutes and test again. Timing will depend a little on the moistness of the zucchini.
  • Remove and let rest in the pans for 5 minutes. 
  • Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.
  • Slice and serve or wrap and freeze.

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Do you watch Synchronized Swimming in the Olympics?

The other morning, as the girls and I went out the gate for our walk, there was a line of bunnies, about 12 of them, sitting perfectly in a row on the edge of the lane, facing the field, nibbling on the grass.

We see a lot of bunnies on our morning walk. It’s very early and the bunnies are all out and about eating and playing. It’s fun to watch them but that is why our morning walks are always on leashes.

Anyway, as we walked down the lane, instead of making the normal mad dash as a group, one by one the bunnies jumped over the ditch into the field. I swear they were counting off.

Synchronized bunny hopping.

By the time the last one cleared the ditch I was laughing so hard I feared waking the neighbors.

Sadly, that is the last happy, carefree bunny moment.

A few days earlier 8 guys from the village were here.

They had come several weeks earlier asking permission to trap the bunnies. Apparently the local farmers had asked for help as the bunny population was decimating their crops.

I had no problems with trapping. I assumed they would be caught, quickly dispatched and end up in the pot for dinner.

The guys spent about an hour in the field across from us, talking and wandering about. I wasn’t watching closely,,,,

They went down to the end of the lane, by our neighbor’s house and spent another hour talking and wandering.

Finally, they came back to our house and spent yet another hour by my potager.

Then they all got back in their cars (8 guys; 8 cars) and left.

Later mon mari when out to inspect the traps.

There weren’t any.

No traps.

So…. We asked ourselves (and our neighbor) what did they do here for over 3 hours?

Obviously, something nasty.

We have been seeing sick and dying bunnies everywhere for the last few days.

I am not happy.

The other morning I had to nudge a little baby bunny off the road with my foot. It would have been kinder to just kill it but I couldn’t convince myself to do that. The best I could manage was to get it off the road and into the bushes so maybe it could die in peace. It was obviously blind, mostly deaf, and very lethargic.

Yesterday the dogs cornered one inside the fence. I got the dogs away and, again, nudged the bunny to a sheltered area. It couldn’t see and was very frantic and confused.

It looks like myxomatosis. I suppose it could be any kind of poison.

I realize that farmers want to save their crops…. But do they have to be cruel? It’s taking these rabbits days to die.

Yes, I know…. I’ve done my share of complaining about the bunnies but I would have rather had them around to complain about then this.

This makes me heartsick.

Sunset for the poor bunnies:

I will always remember the Synchronized Bunny Hop…. our last happy bunny moment.

Last update on August 19, 2018

Comments 12

  1. So sad and cruel! Also, poisoning one species leads to the death of other species (that might ingest the poor bunnies. Rest in peace bunnies!

  2. OMG that’s horrible!! I would complain. Loud and long to any farmer who thought this was a good idea. Because it’s not just the bunnies that will die from this. Please watch your dogs carefully if they’re off leash. And any other animal that gets into whatever those monsters did will also die. This is neither effective or humane.

    I’m sorry, I understand nature, but monstrous cruelty is uncalled for.

    • I know that they had to go to The Powers That Be for permission to do whatever it is, so my complaints would fall on deaf ears = non-farmer that I am. They likely are doing everything properly. That doesn’t mean it’s not cruel.

  3. Heartsick indeed. Rabbit stew much kinder and not wasteful. I hope your girls will not eat them. My Jackie brings us her kills and catches. She never eats the rats that have been poisoned. Not so with birds, chameleons, avocados, and anything else that will give a good chase.

    • I think they were more interested in chasing the sick bunny than eating it. I don’t think they look at it as food. On the other hand there is not a safe plum anywhere!

  4. I’m heartsick. Not even chocolate chunk spice bread can take away the horror.

    The bunnies’ ends are devastating!! I keep trying to take comfort from the joyous synchronized bunny hopping that happened before the disgraceful culling. How can that even be legal?

    In the long run, it can’t be good for the crops either.

    • I will never get into the minds of French farmers…. I’m sure it is all being done quite properly – as the mayor was here overseeing it all, That doesn’t mean it was nice or humane or I have to be happy about it

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