Zucchini Flans and a Giveaway

May 8th, 2014

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I have been following the blog Manger for a while now and am thrilled that the author Mimi Thorisson is coming out with a new book this Fall.  Manger is the French word for “To Eat”.  Mimi lives in the Medoc region of France with her husband and growing family.  Her blog is beautiful both in her prose and the photography.  Her husband is a professional photographer and is responsible for the ethereal images.


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To celebrate the publication of her new book  A Kitchen in France, I will give one lucky winner a copy of the book.  Since it will not be published until this Fall,  you will have to wait to receive your copy.  Mimi’s food is as unique as she is with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients.  I have tried several of her recipes and have been very happy with the results.

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These Zucchini Flans are very easy to make and a good use for the ubiquitous summer zucchini that will be in our markets soon.  They make a lovely light breakfast or side dish for any of your summer meals.  I changed the recipe a bit by using basil instead of mint.  They are very adaptive and gluten free since they use cornstarch instead of flour.

To win a copy of the cookbook, you have two chances.  Leave a comment on this post for one chance.  Follow my new Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen Facebook page for another chance.  Let me know in a separate comment if you are following me on Facebook.


2 large zucchini, sliced in half-rounds
5 eggs
4 tbsp cornstarch (maïzana in France)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
A handful of chopped basil
1/2 cup grated cheese (Emmental or Gruyère)
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, sliced finely
½ tsp nutmeg
Salt & black pepper

Preheat oven 180°C/ 350 F
Slice zucchini thinly in half rounds. Slice shallots and garlic finely. In a large frying pan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil and fry shallots, garlic and zucchini for a few minutes, until slightly golden.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs and cornstarch, then add grated cheese, nutmeg, salt & pepper. Combine zucchini/shallots/garlic, lemon juice and sliced basil – stir gently.
Pour mixture into a muffin pan. Bake in oven for 20 minutes, until slightly golden on top.
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24 responses to “Zucchini Flans and a Giveaway”

  1. Mary says:

    I know I would love this cook book – even the cover pic reminds me of my sister-in-law working in her French village kitchen – which I covet big time! Still haven’t been able to talk Bob into moving there – I would go tomorrow!!! Would love to be added to the giveaway please Penny – thanks so much. (Don’t do Facebook so this will be my only chance!).

    Now, regarding zucchini. Love it – buy it – used to grow it – and cook a lot of it in many different ways, but especially soups, tians, veggie stews etc. These flans look like something I’ll be trying too – thanks for sharing and now I’m off to peek at Mimi’s blog.

    Have a great day – supposed to hit 90 here!
    Hugs – Mary

  2. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    I love her blog too! Did you see that they are buying this wonderful place and she is going to have a restaurant and possibly a cooking school? Your flans look wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  3. Ti Reed says:

    I made something very similar on my own and it was delish, but I’d love to try this recipe.

  4. Sam Hoffer says:

    Your flans are gorgeous and beautifully presented too. Please count me in for a chance the cookbook. I can’t wait to click over and read her blog.

  5. Sam Hoffer says:

    I follow your blog on Facebook, two different ways as a matter of fact. Once as myself and once as My Carolina Kitchen.
    Sam / My Carolina Kitchen

  6. Susan says:

    Penny, these look delicious! I am going to try growing zucchini again this year just to make zucchini fritters and I’d love to try these also. I love Manger and would really enjoy having her new cookbook!

  7. Susan says:

    I ‘Liked’ you on Facebook too 🙂

  8. Joan says:

    They look delicious! A great way to use all the zucchini that will be in our garden soon! BTW, we stayed in your Five Oaks Cottage a month ago and enjoyed every minute of it! I would be thrilled to have a copy of her new cookbook!

  9. Joan says:

    I’m following you on Facebook…

  10. Darla says:

    Great way to use my garden zucchini. Things are growing well with this summer heat. I follow you on Facebook as well. See you and David soon!

  11. Cathy at Wives with Knives says:

    These little flans and a salad would make a wonderful summer meal. I would love to win a copy of this new cookbook. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare zucchini.

  12. Cathy at Wives with Knives says:

    I follow you on FB as well.

  13. Linda Romer says:

    I like your recipie for zucchini flans, I will enjoy making them,

  14. Jane says:

    The book looks wonderful, Penny. And I am definitely trying the recipe! Perfect for my diet.

    We will be in your neck of the woods the last week of the month. I hope we can meet up!


  15. lisa says:

    I look forward to trying this recipe out. I’m a facebook fan

  16. Karen (Back Road Journal) says:

    What a delicious way to use summer zucchini. The flan will make a nice side dish.

  17. CHANTAL says:

    Hi Penny, I’am Chantal from Travelling Papilles, I ‘am a huge fan of Mimi and currently live in France too.
    I like your interpretation of zucchini flans, sounds yummy!

  18. Barbara Williams says:

    I follow Manger as well, Penny. So beautifully written and photographed, with marvelous doable recipes! Nice giveaway!

  19. Barbara Williams says:

    I follow you on Facebook too

  20. Susan says:

    Penny, I am sure I commented on your blog and about this wonderful cookbook. I love reading Manger and would love to have this cookbook. I will certainly look for this when it comes out. I follow you on FB also.

  21. Libby says:

    What a beautiful looking book, and based on this recipe, something I could/would use. Please enter me!

  22. Marcia Smith says:

    Even if I don’t win – think I gotta get that cookbook! Looks fab! Heading to Maine next week!!!

  23. Susan says:

    I am beyond thrilled, Penny! I can’t think of another cookbook I’m more excited to own. Thank you!!!

  24. Jennifer Staten says:

    Simply Yummy!!! Great photos!!

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