October Cooking Club: Zucchini Slice

October’s cooking club theme is a lovely and nostalgic one: a recipe handed down through voice, handwritten notes or inspired by your memories.

The instructions stated: “The point of this month’s challenge is to step away from the internet and remember the meals cooked by our elders, family and friends. If you can speak to the person who inspires this recipe then that is wonderful. If you can’t, then honour them with your cooking.”

Close to this time last year, my Nonna passed away. Not long after, my uncle presented each of the grandchildren with a folder containing all of my Nonna’s tried-and-tested recipes. He’d typed them up and bound them for each us. It was a beautiful gift.

It was an incredibly apt gift too, because each of us, at some time or another, had connected with my Nonna over food. Of course we had – my Nonna was a true Italian woman and food was at the centre of every gathering. There was nothing more important than family gathered around a table, passing dishes from hand to hand, eating, sharing stories and laughing.

I have fond memories from childhood, of days spent in my Nonna’s kitchen, helping her grate cheese for the pasta or mix pistachios into the thick, sticky, almost-impossible-to-stir Italian nougat. I remember sharing thick slices of homemade banana bread, sitting opposite each other at the kitchen table, steam from the hot tea clouding our faces, while I interviewed her for a school project. That day I learnt about the deep love that can spring from unlikely places, including “arranged” marriages.

I remember arriving at her house on Easter Day or Christmas Day every year, to be met with a giant table laden with food. Practically overflowing with food. Enough food for an army. Deep dishes of pasta, salads, Italian sausages, breads, roast chicken, all sorts of things. And always, there on the table, was the zucchini slice that I decided to make for this month’s challenge.

This cooking challenge was a perfect way to honour my Nonna’s memory.

Here are the rest of my cooking club friends, to share some other magnificent recipes with you:

Lucent Imagery  // Bakery Bookery // Down by the Sea  //  Explody Full  //  Under Lock & Key  // Christa to the Max //  Juanita Tortilla

Enjoy!

UPDATE: Recipe

Ingredients

  • 375 grams zucchini (grated)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 200 grams bacon (chopped) – (I left this out because I’m vegetarian; included more zucchini instead)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 shallots (chopped)
  • parsley (chopped) (I left this out because I’m lazy)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Beat eggs and milk together in a large bowl, then add all other ingredients and mix. Pour mixture into a greased pan. Bake for around 40 minutes, or until brown on top.

So easy and so delicious! :)


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11 Responses to October Cooking Club: Zucchini Slice

  1. Sarah says:

    Kylie,
    What a wonderful way to remember your dear Nonna.
    Sarah x

  2. Oh my gosh, reading these posts is choking me up! What a powerful link to our families. And your uncle’s thoughtful gift. Oh just achingly beautiful. Wow, what fascinating stories your nonna must have had about the love found in arranged marriage and Italian life and culture. I’ve always thought there’s a part of me that must be Italian :) xx

  3. Georgia says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Nonna. What a beautiful gift of recipes though from your Uncle and such an enduring, wonderful way to remember her and continue the connection with your family memories and cooking! Zucchini slice is one of my favourites too, yours looks delicious! Just reading your comment too about Pennant Hills! xx

  4. Juanita says:

    Interesting how when we think of these 2 words ‘food’ and ‘memories’, we all go back to our grandmothers and their unforgettable cooking.

    Would have loved a slice of that zucchini bread to honour your Nonna.

  5. Monica says:

    aw, wait a lovely connection with her. sweetest gift.
    oh i was hoping for the recipe! lol

  6. lozza says:

    What great memories of your Nonna. Also, what a lovely and thoughtful gift! I too was hoping for the recipe ;) I also cooked with zucchini this week, making baked polenta, cheese (vegan) zucchini bites – zucchini rocks!

  7. Kylie says:

    Sorry ladies! I’ve updated the post with the recipe for you!
    Lozz – your cheese zucchini bites sound yum!

  8. Explody Full says:

    That sounds like the most amazing gift ever! Your Nonna sounds like my type of lady.

  9. Christa says:

    What a lovely post! I recently read that the way to most honor lost loved ones is to live life to the fullest. I think that you continuing to cook her creations is a great way to honor her and enjoy life. I wish I had known about this dish when I was doing my CSA and having tonnnns of zucchini, but now that I know I might just have to try it out. :)

  10. Lozzatronn says:

    Thanks Kylie!

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