Okay, so even though no one responded to my stupid question of the day to help me identify what the heck kind of squash I'm growing, in my garden, I'm not bitter! I harvested the first of the mystery squash yesterday, along with some more hot peppers and my very sad, pathetic attempt at beets:
Anyway, I made a stuffed squash dish last night by cutting the squash in half, steaming it for a few minutes, making a stuffing out of the squash innards, bread crumbs, herbs, Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, garlic, etc. Then stuffing the squash halves and baking them in the oven for about 25 minutes. Frankly, it wasn't a huge hit. A little bland. I need to find some more interesting recipes.
Today, I harvested three more of the squash:
And, after running some searches on line for different recipes, decided to make some squash bread.
First, I cut the squash in half and steamed it in the microwave:
Then scooped out the squash, mashed it and mixed with the batter:
Added flour, kneaded it, and then covered it and let it sit for a while:
After it sat for a couple of hours, I kneaded it some more, and divided it into two portions. The first, I formed into a loaf and put in a baking tin:
I covered that and let it sit for another hour or so to rise some more:
The other portion, I just put back in the bowl to sit for a while. I ended up freezing that to bake another time:
I really need to figure out some better recipes for this squash, because there are a lot of them on that plant.
I even took the trouble to clean off all the squash seeds and roast them with olive oil and salt in the oven.
I think the lesson is - you can't just walk into a nursery and buy any old veggie plant, thinking it's going to taste fine. If I'm going to devote the limited space to my garden to a huge squash plant, it better be an awesome squash. Plus, I need better recipes.