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Zucchini (Courgette) Flowers in TO?

Splendid Wine Snob Jul 4, 2008 10:46 AM

I am desperate to cook an old recipe my uncle's nona used to make with zucchini flowers. I haven't seen any in Toronto. Any advice as to where I can get them would be greatly appreciated-preferably somewhere within the downtown core. Thanks!

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    escoffier RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 4, 2008 10:56 AM

    The elderly Asian ladies on the west side of Spadina, north of Dundas have them now and then. I've bought them a few times and they're quite reasonable (about $2 for eight blossoms). They grow them themselves and they're in pretty good shape when I get them home.

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      chocabot RE: escoffier Jul 9, 2008 04:34 PM

      I went this past weekend and I didn't see any zucchini flowers. I don't think any of the ladies understood what I was asking for either...

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        escoffier RE: chocabot Jul 10, 2008 06:09 AM

        My gal picked some up last night, time for a Courgette Frittata methinks.

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          chocabot RE: escoffier Jul 10, 2008 06:27 AM

          which vendor, escoffier?

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            escoffier RE: chocabot Jul 10, 2008 11:18 AM

            Not sure, I know it was one of the older Asian ladies on the west side of Spadina north of Dundas. They have them bagged up in clear plastic, ready to go.

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              chocabot RE: escoffier Jul 11, 2008 07:06 AM

              hmm, that's where i went. maybe they sold out.
              i'll try again soon. thanks!

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      camino RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 4, 2008 11:09 AM

      I noticed zucchini flowers at the Liberty Village farmers market last week, which is on every Sunday. Map: http://liberty.my-market.ca/map.html

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        grilledcheese RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 9, 2008 01:04 PM

        These were in stock yesterday at KO's on Roncesvalle's.

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          peppermint pate RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 9, 2008 01:39 PM

          I saw some at Harvest Wagon the other day. They're a bit on the smallish side so hard to stuff, if that's your plan. But now I'm intrigued - what's your uncle's nona's recipe?

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            Splendid Wine Snob RE: peppermint pate Jul 9, 2008 02:03 PM

            Really simple-stuffed with an anchovy and fresh herb paste and ultra fresh mozarella, dipped in egg and flash fried. Really addictive.

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              peppermint pate RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 9, 2008 02:26 PM

              Mmm, sounds lovely. Thanks.

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                Splendid Wine Snob RE: peppermint pate Jul 10, 2008 08:49 AM

                PP,

                Sorry-forgot to add that after they are dipped in egg, I coat them in a good quality breadcrumb/pecorino mixture and then fry them until they are golden. You have to eat them immediately. I believe they are traditionally used as pizza toppings this way in Rome, but I could be wrong.

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                  peppermint pate RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 11, 2008 02:41 PM

                  Thank you for taking the time to add in those yummy details - I'm feeling inspired!!

          2. TheGloaming RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 9, 2008 05:38 PM

            Saw them today at the Wednesday farmers market at Nathan Philips Square. If you're walking north on Bay St., it's the first vendor on your right.

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              millygirl RE: TheGloaming Jul 9, 2008 06:29 PM

              They should have them tomorrow at the East Lynn Parkette market. At least they had them last week.

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              foodismyhobby RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 10, 2008 07:37 AM

              i'm almost positive they had them at pusateri's fruit and vegetables on church.

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                jamesm RE: foodismyhobby Jul 10, 2008 11:56 AM

                KOS on Roncessvalles has them right now, if that's in your neighbourhood. They're actually a great little market with lots of interesting seasonal stuff.

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                lovestocookandbake RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jul 11, 2008 08:36 PM

                I bought some at Dufferin Grove Market on Thurday......
                5 for 1.00
                Big ones as well
                So may the Brick Works MArket on Saturday will have them

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