Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Simple Sautéed Squash-Blossom Parable

This is the story of "The Squash Blossoms and the Sloth."

Once upon a time there was a


girl (yeah, right!)

who had some squash blossoms in her fridge that were in peril of perishing. After sitting idly in front of a computer

all day

, the "

girl" had little energy to squander on squash.

Determined to save the delicate blossoms, she looked to the heavens and

asked them to use her as a vessel for squash-saving good

. Then voila, a brilliant flash of lightning sent an electrical charge to her brain, and she was


transformed into

Super Sloth

. So she simply sautéed the blossoms in a bit of olive oil and sea salt and lazily laid them on her leftover cumin-scented black beans.
Through her slothful powers, those blossoms bloomed into a delicious and decorative, exertion-free dish.

The earthy yet subtle flavor of the blossoms melded beautifully with their new black bean* and cumined counterpart.

The moral of the story? The early bird catches the worm, but the sloth catches the blossom.

Non Recipe

Squash blossoms, stems and stamens removed

Olive oil

Sea salt

Sauté the blossoms in a little olive oil for a couple of minutes until they are soft (but not limp), preserving their bright color. Give them a few good cracks of sea salt and serve.

*Super Sloth

was too sluggish to write down her recipe for the beans.


  1. Lol, I love the story! I've never had squash blossoms but I've heard rave reviews about them. I would love to try them in this recipe!

  2. Squash blossoms lend themselves to preparations with Latin appeal. Just like this! GREG

  3. Aw, Super Sloth, please give us the recipe for the beans, too.

    But LOL. LOVED the story. You're so witty. I was entertained throughout this whole post.

  4. I've never tried squash blossoms, but given the fact that I am as lazy as the next person, perhaps I should!

  5. Love your non recipe for squash blossoms. I have never had them, but they sound simple enough to prepare!

  6. That's exactly how I cook much of the time! I suspect there are many of us out there. If we put it in a book, "Cooking for Sloths" would sell big. It would have a deeply Jungian appeal. People would buy it without knowing why.

  7. Please also inform the sloth that squash blossoms are also gorgeous in quesadillas. Their delicate flavor shines when paired with the simplest of ingredients. Great narrative!

  8. Andrea: that's funny you said that because I had made quesadillas with them the night before and originally wrote in the post that I had made them but was too lazy (slothful) to photograph them. They are yummy!