I showed you the cucumbers that took over in my garden before. We couldn't keep up with them this year. We just weren't in a cucumber mood and rarely would just eat them. I love cucumber but I just wasn't into it this year. I had so much and hated throwing it out every week. Even attempts at giving it away to neighbors failed. I mean it's not like it was Zucchini or anything. OR WAS IT?
Long ago my sister made me a cucumber cake for my birthday. I'm sure if I lived with my sister I would be much better off health wise than I am by myself. We played a game the other night, we both got the same question at separate times. We simply had to answer which word(s) we felt right, for whatever reason. The words? Healthy or Junk Food. Me? - Junk Food. Her? - Healthy. I can't help it, I want to eat healthy and try but I still like Junk Food. And I feel quite junky lately or that I haven't been eating too well so I answered junk food. Although in a sense I don't think anyone would look in my cupboard and find a lot of junk food, I don't have potato chips or packages of cookies etc. But two helpings of fresh apple crisp seem junkier than not.
So on too the brownies. I thought, of course! I could use the cucumber like zucchini and add it to the brownies. It's got to be better than non vegetable added brownies right? So I did. I took a regular zucchini brownie recipe and substituted cucumber. The cucumber was more watery so I didn't put quite as much in. It tasted fine, almost too moist but the family didn't care. It was chocolate cake after all. And the kids all wanted seconds. I have to feel almost Bill Cosby-ish about it. 'But it's got milk and eggs and. . . Cucumber! Mom is great! Gives them the chocolate cake!' Wait, no it doesn't have milk or eggs, and no, we did not eat it for breakfast.
So here is the recipe I used but I'm leaving it as zucchini, just substitute if you feel like experimenting. Remember to de-seed the vegetable of choice before grating. Now that I think about it I got this recipe from one of my other sisters.
1 1/2 cups sugar1/2 cup oil
1 teas. salt
1 1/2 teas. baking soda
2 teas. vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups grated zucchini
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Mix the 'wet' ingredients first, then add the 'dry' ingredients. Bake 375º for 25-30 minutes.
I know, not very specific directions. Sorry, when I jot down recipes I only include ingredients and baking degree. Sometimes I remember to put a baking time. Also I used extra cocoa. at least 1/2 cup total.
Next, I might tackle another cake my sister made me for a different birthday.