This morning’s garden expedition is zucchini hunt.    The zucchini has an uncanny ability to hide its slender form under large, bristly leaves.   It masquerades as part of a thick stem.  The unsuspecting gardener turns her back and before you can say ratatouille  it becomes  a behemoth of a vegetable.

There is simply nothing more glorious than canning the bounty of your garden.  The heady fragrance of spices simmering in vinegar.  The chop chop chop sound as your knife flashes its way through mounds of vegetables. The wonderful feeling of accomplishment as you tuck away the jars of produce to enjoy in the months to come.

This recipe for ZUCCHINI RELISH is deliciously tangy and sophisticated  accompaniment for hot dogs, burgers, and any cold meats that require a little zing.   Slip over to the place I cook up wild and wonderful food.  Click on ZUCCHINI RELISH  and let the magic begin.  Bon Appetit dear friends.


  1. Relish the nights,
    Relish the days.
    Relish heaped on hotdogs,
    In the good old ways.

    It’s nothing but pickles,
    Chopped to a sauce.
    But lounging on a hot dog,
    It’s the coup de gras

    You continue to enchant us with your Culinary Magic. How wonderful to have a bountiful garden and enjoy the gifts of the Earth.

    XXXOOO Tinny

    • Well bless my paws and whiskers. I have NEVER enjoyed, or for that matter relished a poem more!! This morning you started my day with an enormous smile Tinny. XXOO XX OO Virginia

  2. Dearest Bel’ Occhio … this sounds delicious and I’ll make it soon. Minor point … a typo on your labels of the word zucchini.

    Hope we can catch up with you two soon. Love from Marge and Rusty

    Margo Bates 604.788.9501

    Writing. Workshops. Photography. Author of three books and one cookbook. President – Canadian Authors – Vancouver. And, a darn good cook.

    COMING SOON – The Funeral Follower

    • How I wish you were my neighbor Janet. Every day we pick zucchini, keep a couple, and take the rest to our local library. It is our pleasure to share the bounty of our garden, and this way we nothing is wasted. Green beans are also harvested daily and they join the zucchini at my favorite place in Ladner. The Library!

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