6 million courgettes from my plot

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IanYORK

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6 million courgettes from my plot
« on: July 21, 2009, 21:23 »
okay a slight exaggeration - but we are starting to look like courgettes  :mad:.  I am not sure I can face another one... :closedeyes: we have even made chocolate courgette cake.  That was weird  :wacko:.  In a strange way it tasted peppery - is that just me?  For those who say that it is a good way to get kids to eat Veg'...well, what about all the other bad stuff (butter, sugar, chocolate, cream cheese...it goes on...).  Sorry, this is turning into a rant.   Can anyone please suggest something unique to make with a courgette or two?  Moreover, a few tips on uses for marrows as well wouldn't go a miss (within 2 days I have gone from finger-sized courgettes to gigantic marrows...x3).  I have 30 courgettes to consume within the next week or two (not counting the ones that are still growing)...Thank you!   
Now then, I am a very pleasant lad from York.  I have a decent half plot on Holgate allotments.

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 21:27 »
One of my faves for using up courgettes in one fell swoop - they don't have to be yellow and this is a nice lemony take on them......it's the reason I grow them yellow these days.

http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/chefs/nigella-lawson/happiness-soup-recipe_p_1.html

I also just use them in every meal I'm making - we are veggies [well, we are when I cook] so they can go into alot of meals. Including roasting them.

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 21:27 »
marrow and ginger jam to be found in the recipe pages plus lots of other things courgette wise  :D.
Staffies are softer than you think.

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009, 21:32 »
thank joyfull and zazen999!

I like the sound of Marrow and Ginger Jam - it could be a taste sensation!  Will look into that one...

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2009, 22:46 »
Can I ask how many plants you have as you have me slightly worried now as I am currently getting about three a week from the plant in my garden and have three plants on the allotment which are just starting to fruit. I do love courgettes tho and am also veggie so do put them in most things.

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2009, 16:20 »
Best way to eat courgettes is to crush garlic on, drizzle with olive oil and grill ....... making my mouth water just thinking of it ........ thanks for the tread - guess what i'm having for tea tonight?
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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2009, 21:39 »
I have 9 plants, 6 of which are being incredibly productive...perhaps it's the soil. Not been grown on in 25 years, and it was covered in comfry when we started digging last year.

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pumpkinpatch

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2009, 23:39 »
BBQ'd slices of courgettes soaked in olive oil before hand

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2009, 11:45 »
OH NO!!!it looks like another year of 'a thousand and one ways with courgettes' :lol:  well at least something is successful at the moment ::) 

i havent done anything very creative with them yet apart from chop them into a rice salad, chargrilled some to have with couscous and sliced them raw to dip into a tapenade type dip my mother-in-law showed me how to make (although i like the sound of making a jam/chutney with them) ;)

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2009, 14:09 »
i just made some chutney and chucked in my 7 courgettes i had in the fridge, along with 5 onions and 4 cooking apples, vinegar, sugar, ground ginger, salt and ground coriander and simmered til chutney type thickness and potted up - the final mix tasted ok, so in a couple months should be delish
courgettes mushed down nicely too
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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2009, 20:36 »
I did spagetti courgette bolognese tonight, just switched the mince for diced courgette and everything else the same way i would do for bolognese.

Fab, healthy and cheap!!
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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2009, 07:16 »
lots of ideas people -  ;) many thanks.   I am not sure about putting courgettes in the fridge though - is that a good idea?  I always follow what the supermarkets do, so courgettes down at our "local" Tesco hypersuperwoopermarket have them stored at room temperature - I have being doing the same... :wub:

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2009, 08:02 »
Send them to me, we love courgettes, we could have as many as 9 plants as we have lots of free plants donated by the old boys and we still dont know what they all are.

We use on a normal week about 10, we have them stir fried, in soups, in chutneys, in cakes

We cant get enough of them  :blush:

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2009, 09:36 »
Oh you lucky thing :o))

General advice if you're not that keen, one or two plants max.

However courgettes don't like me and in a desperate attempt to generate a glut we have planted over twenty this year, only 4 survive ( like I said they don't like me)

Any way for bigger veg, blanch or boil till almost tender, split , scoop out flesh, keep skins.
fry onion, garlic,  grated apple , ( same amount as courgette flesh) untill soft add courgette, cream cheese and stuff skins.

Cook in a hottish ( gas 6)  oven for thirty to 45 min ( depending on size)



The best way is to pick very small, use a tempura batter ( on the Internet very very easy) and fry whole , larger fruit can be sliced. We use these as a quick snack.

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Re: 6 million courgettes from my plot
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2009, 09:40 »
And I forgot to add , if things get desperate they can be grated into almost anything you are cooking, casseroles, curries, risottos, soups, where they usually nearly disappear.



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