Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Zebras and Zucchinis with Author Luanna Stewart

My guest today is Author Luanna Stewart.

Luanna has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother's stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna now lives in Maine with her dear husband, two college boys, and two cats. When she's not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.

Writing under the pen name Grace Hood, she has two novellas published with The Wild Rose Press. She is excited to have a book published under her own name with Entangled Publishing.

Zebras and Zucchinis – a match made in heaven.
~Luanna Stewart~


So, what do zebras and zucchinis have in common? I searched and searched and the only thing I could come up with was they both start with the letter zed. (I’m Canadian.) There are many interesting facts about zebras, like under all those stripes their skin is black, and no two stripe patterns are the same (just like fingerprints in humans). They have one toe on each foot, and cannot see the colour orange. (The poor things would be at a disadvantage when encountering road construction.)

The zucchini, on the other hand, seems to be best known for growing into behemoths that could potentially be hollowed out and used as canoes. But if gotten when they are young, they make some good eating. (Not sure how tasty zebras are, nor am I interested in finding out.) [Actually, there are a few items of note about the zucchini. For instance, the flowers are edible and make tasty vehicles for stuffing. The zucchini contains more potassium than a banana, but has far fewer calories than a baked potato, 25 as compared to 130. Definitely a worthy vegetable.]

Here is a recipe I’m making at least once a week this time of year.

Zucchini Patties

2 cups grated zucchini (approximately, a bit more won’t hurt)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (preferably freshly grated)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter (you could use oil, but the butter gives the patties a nice flavour)

In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, eggs, onion, flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Heat a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick (or seasoned cast iron) skillet over medium-high heat. Drop zucchini mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook until golden, a few minutes per side.

Serve hot, warm, or room temperature – yummy any way.

(Recipe slightly adapted from Allrecipes)

Visit Luanna at these locations:
Luanna Stewart Facebook Twitter Pinterest Amazon Author Page

Luanna's Newest Book

Portrait of a Girl blurb:

When her wealthy art dealer father died, Heather James was expecting a fortune. Instead, his bank account was empty and Heather’s working in a bakery, wondering exactly what happened to her father's millions...until someone tries to kill her.

Tony Simons is on the trail of an art theft cold case that's practically giving him frostbite. He's hoping that by sticking close to Heather—the daughter of his deceased prime suspect—he'll find the answers he needs. Instead, he's finding himself distracted by a gorgeous woman who drives him crazy in every way imaginable…

Now Tony's in serious trouble. Even if Heather can't—or won't—tell him where the stolen paintings and money are, she may well have stolen his heart.

And now someone wants her dead…


  1. Your blurb tantalized me as much as your recipe!

    1. Aww, thank you, Pam! I do highly recommend the recipe (and the book, hehe).

  2. However you came up with pairing zebras and zukes matters not. The recipe looks easy and delicious. I can even use my canoe-size zuke! Great post.

    1. LOL, yup, I've got a few of those water-craft sized zucchinis.

  3. I am an avid reader and your story line is very compelling. I love the fun facts too about the Zebra and the Zucchini recipe.

  4. Oh those Zucchini Patties sound great. I even learn some new information about zebras.