One woman's insight into her daily life and some 'adventures'.............cooking, collecting, travels etc. With a lil' bit of this and that...........

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

 The other day my next door neighbour Pauline 's son Dimitri brought over this huge zucchini from their Grandma's garden............it was big the least to say. They told me they even had a bigger one. I told them that I would bake a cake and I did..........and gave them some. It was a new recipe that I had never tried before and it looked interesting with a streusel topping instead of the usual zucchini bread or muffins.
My husband's background is Turkish and I've never seen them bake any zucchini cakes over there before, in the beginning he would look at me like I was strange. Now they are some of his favourite cakes and muffins with zucchini. In Turkey use see zucchini's everywhere in abundance......they stuff them, fry them,bake, make fritters.....dry them and even make Zucchini Moussaka. But then they have different shape ones which I found at the local farmer's markets. There were some cute lil' round zucchini's which were great for stuffing....never seen them here before.



1/2 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups white sugar
2 eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup water 
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/4 cups flour
2 cups peeled, grated zucchini 

Streusel Topping

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pecans or sliced almonds
3/4 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
Add in the eggs, vanilla, water and buttermilk and mix well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
Stir dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture until well combined.
Fold in zucchini. Spread batter into prepared pan.
In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, nuts and chocolate chips; sprinkle over batter.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Source; Letsdishrecipes.blogspot.com

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Made From Scratch Tuesday
Tuesdays at the Table
Tasty Tuesday

Monday, August 1, 2011

Blue Waters (Oakville)

Today on "BLUE MONDAY" I'm showing photo's of Lake Ontario in Oakville, Ontario. It is about 30 minutes from my home......sometimes when we have some time off we like to just go there and relax. It's among these gorgeous historical homes and the scenery there is breathtaking. It just felt like an all 'blue' day.

We take those folding chairs that go into a tube like bag.......bring a cooler with cold drinks and a good book and just enjoy the day with the cool breeze on a hot and scorching day


 I'm linking to BLUE MONDAY .

Thanks for stopping by and I wish Sally a speedy recovery.