Early in the morning, right before my Toriniku (chicken meat in Japanese) Experience cooking class, I picked up freshly cut zucchini and cucumber flowers at April’s Livin’ Organics farm (@livin’organics). On the way back to my kitchen, I was thinking about the class that was to start in half an hour and about the best way to cook my treasure — beautiful golden flowers.
In my mind, I was going through the steps of making Oyakodon, one of the recipes for the class. Then my thoughts switched to the flowers, and I decided their recipe must be as simple as the ones for the Japanese chicken dishes I am about to teach. I wanted flowers stuffed, but the stuffing should’ve been smart and symbolic. That’s how Daughters-Mothers was born.
Oyakodon 親子丼, literally “parent-and-child donburi”, is a donburi, or Japanese rice bowl dish, in which chicken, egg, sliced scallion (or sometimes regular onions), and other ingredients are all simmered together in a kind of soup which is made with soy sauce and stock, and then served on top of a large bowl of rice. The name of the dish is a poetic reflection of the fact that both chicken and egg are used in the dish. — wiki source
What can be smarter than using related ingredients in the same dish? I wanted to write my super simple zucchini pancakes recipe for ages. Now, I can combine the two with a beautiful dish presentation using what I’ve got from the Livin’ Organics farm — radish microgreens, pea shoots, nasturtium leaves, and cucumber and garlicky chives edible flowers.
It is the season for zucchini, summer squash, and cucumber flowers. If you see them on Farmers Market and want to, but don’t know how to turn them into a beautiful and healthy dish, this recipe is for you! Note, that stuffing part can be used as a recipe for humble zucchini pancakes when the flowers are not available anymore.
Дочки-Матери | Dochki-Materi | Daughters-Mothers
The name of the recipe is the name of the House game in Russian. It’s interesting that in the case of zucchini, I see layers and layers of symbolism in flowers stuffed with fruit. I find it funny that standing stuffed flowers look like dolls. It feels like all pieces of the puzzle came together.