Cashmere residents enjoy home-grown zucchinis

Cashmere Heights Home resident Lyndon Underhill and recreation team leader Linda Lankshear cook the stuffing, supervised by resident Frans Ettema.

Residents at Enliven’s Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville have enjoyed tending to and harvesting delicious vegetables from their garden.

As summer came to an end, the residents harvested the last of the home’s zucchinis and thought up some interesting ways to cook them, Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home recreation team leader Linda Lankshear says.

“We cooked them in two different ways; stuffed and cooked in our bench-top oven, and on the barbecue with basil pesto.

“Our residents enjoyed them so much we will need to plant more zucchinis for next summer!”

Here is the recipe for baked stuffed zucchinis to try at home:

  • Baked Stuffed Zucchinis
  • Ingredients
  • 6 medium zucchinis
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
  • Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Trim the ends off the courgettes and slice them lengthways. Scoop out the seeds to create room for the filling.

Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized fry pan and sauté onion, garlic, pine nuts, courgette seeds, and capsicum until soft and fragrant.

Add the breadcrumbs and parmesan, mix well to combine and season to taste. Fill the courgette cavities with the stuffing.

Sprinkle the extra parmesan on top and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Serves six

Enliven’s Cashmere Home and sister site Cashmere Heights Home, both on Helston Road, Johnsonville, offer rest home, hospital and short-term respite and health recovery care. To learn more visit You can also call directly on 04 477 7067 (Cashmere Home) or 04 4778 9051 (Cashmere Heights Home).

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