It was 7:40pm and dark outside. It was still a warm August night, and I walked in the lawn barefoot, cutting some herbs for dinner. Later, I watched August: Osage County, a Oscar nominated movie that made it to my house now thanks to Netflix scheduling a long time ago. Baby Cat squeezed herself next to me in the big arm chair. August: Osage County is a movie with big names, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliet Lewis, Sam Shepard, …but most of them in rather unappealing roles, especially Meryl Streep, but she is fearless, finding this mean, old, pill popping, cancer ridden matriarch in herself when she convinced us with endless movies that she is graceful, elegant, funny, sexy, can sing and dance, and cook, and all the good stuff.
Dinner was summer squash from the garden --- this time grated, mixed with herbs, panko, hemp seeds, peas and an egg and fried in the pan.
Hemp Summer Squash Cakes
- 2 large summer squash (or zucchini)
- 1/2 ts salt
- fresh crushed black pepper
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 TB hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup frozen peas (or corn)
- some fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, thyme, savory)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- olive oil or butter (for frying)
In a large bowl, lined with a clean kitchen towel, grate the summer squash. Mix with the salt, and let sit for 15-20min. Twist the towel, and squeeze out as much water as you can.
Put the squished, dried summer squash in a bowl, add the other ingredients, and mix well.
In a pan, heat a teaspoon olive oil until very hot. Now, lower the heat to medium. Take about 1/4 cup of zucchini mix, pour in pan, and squish flat to a patty with a spatula or large spoon. Form a patty.
Add 2 to the pan, and ldon’t disturb the patties. Let fry one side until the rims start to brown, then turn over. Cook on the other side for about 10min to really cook the zucchini and soften it.
Serve immediately, or keep warm in the oven at 300F. --- Serve with red pepper spread and hummus or greek yogurt.