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Bloody marrows.

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Dh reckons I should be grateful that we have such a bounty. I got a bit muddled with my seedlings and one of my plants I thought would be a squash turned out to be a courgette plant. It turns out that this year two courgette plants is too much for the ordinary family.

So I have umpty million courgettes and 3 giant marrows. Two of which are as big as my upper legs. I know that I'm going to have to start sticking them on a table outside the house soon and offering them to the neighbours for free but experience tells me they will be in similar positions and nobody will want them.

So, marrow and courgette recipes......

Our recipe for tonight is lentil stuffed marrow.
Cook some red lentils. Soften onion, garlic and red pepper in another pan. Then add tomatoes and herbs and simmer until it drys out a bit. Mix lentils and veg together.
Remove seeds from marrow. Bake for half an hour. Stuff with veg. Top with cheese and basil. Oven for 15 minutes or so.

That will feed us for two meals. (Can I freeze half?)

Any more suggestions please? Especially ones where I can freeze half of it

ThePskettiIncident Sat 27-Jul-13 17:04:45

There are some nice courgette cakes, ratatouille, pan fry courgettes in butter with black pepper for a great side dish, add to pizzas, curries...

So basically, the trick is to eat them before they become the size of small toddlers.

I do like them slowly cooked with coriander seeds. Also make a salad by using a potato peeler to make them into ribbons and marinate in lemon and olive oil and thyme.

I think we've had them every day this week in some form. Stir fried, with coriander, in sausage and butter bean casserole, plain fried. Just not keeping up with them!

But courgette cake you say? That sounds interesting.

Taffeta Sat 27-Jul-13 21:18:43

I made this last week and everyone wanted more.

Which is unheard of, DC never like the same things. And they are courgette refuseniks. Because its grated its almost imperceptible, so good if you are sick of the taste of them.

I also want to do these with the next haul.

deleted203 Sat 27-Jul-13 21:23:47

Oh wow, Taffeta, thank you so much. I quite like courgette - but made the mistake of saying so to my SIL who has given me a great bag full. I was wondering what to do with them. Going to try the pasta dish tomorrow!

Feta and dill are going on my shopping list now!

I was thinking of stuffing the next marrow with mushrooms in a creamy sauce? Dh just asked me are we having vegetarian again or, shall I get some meat out of the freezer. So he has pulledout a pork roast. Now how shall we have courgettes with that?
We also seem to have an awful lot of broad beans.

Chickengirl Sat 27-Jul-13 21:31:33

Watching for ideas, we also have a glut of both courgettes and broad beans. Planted too many after such a poor year last year.
Made this tonight which went down well http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4716/creamy-courgette-lasagne

Will do the pasta thing too smile

Dh is starting to groan at these ideas! He did suggest moussaka with courgette though.

He's volunteered to clean out the garage freezer so we can make double and freeze stuff.

ThePskettiIncident Sat 27-Jul-13 21:46:46

Ooh... Search for Abel and cole broad bean recipes! There are some very yummy looking ones there. I wa trying to find a recipe for roasted and spiced beans as they are a brilliant snack instead of peanuts/crisps. I'll keep hunting.

Here's the courgette loaf from Mary berry www.mykitchentable.co.uk/index.php/2010/12/mary-berry-courgette-loaves/

That loaf looks really good! Do you reckon I could use wholemeal flour instead of buckwheat?

I make delicious cheese and courgette scones, try and cut the courgettes off the bush when they are tiny so they don't grow into larger versions of themselves.

ThePskettiIncident Sat 27-Jul-13 21:50:20

www.thedailyspud.com/2009/03/04/posh-spicy-beans/

Various spicing/ flavouring for broad bean snacks. They are extremely moreish.

I do try to pick them in time. I have no idea how they sneak up on me as they do!

Those scones would be perfect with courgette soup!

ThePskettiIncident Sat 27-Jul-13 21:51:17

Oybbk, yes I use whatever flour to hand, but something with a bit of crunch is good.

Those beans look amazing!!!!

Thanks psketti!

Problem with courgette plants is that one good day of rain turns tiny baby ones into monsters, seemingly overnight. My brother and SIL had 2 courgette plants last year, I still have some lurking in the freezer hmm

ThePskettiIncident Sat 27-Jul-13 21:56:01

I am. Big fan of broad beans as snacks. They are a much better healthy food, and seem to be quite filling.

I now wish I had a glut of them!

Instead I've got an abundance of French beans, which I'm adding to everything and courgettes everywhere!

My climbing beans are barely flowering yet! I'm growing them up my sweetcorn. Seems to be working really well. I guess I'll be starting a new thread in a few weeks.

JamNan Sat 27-Jul-13 22:04:42

Pickled sliced courgettes are the bee's knees and go with ham, burgers, sausages etc

Tonight's dinner was courgette and onions roasted with garlic then mixed with bulgher wheat and some artichoke hearts on top served lukewarm as a salad (with a pork chop).

courgette fritters are nice too with yoghurt and cucumber or sweet chilli.

Courgette and feta muffins are quite tasty.

I'm almost feeling the courgette love tonight! Should I put the roast back in the freezer?

curlyLJ Sat 27-Jul-13 22:20:58

I love courgettes and so last week I made a pasta-less lasagne (am trying to cut carbs down to a minimum) using loads of very finely sliced, quick-chargrilled courgette slices in place of the pasta sheets. Was a bit more time consuming than usual, but it made for a really tasty and lower calorie version of one of my firm faves...didn't need as much bechamel sauce either as not needed to soften the pasta like in the 'normal' version.

Chargrilled or roasted courgettes are delicious, and go really well with things like bacon, chorizo, feta, mint, peas, parmesan, other roasted vegetables like aubergine, peppers etc - you can make up various salads (warm or cold) or pasta dishes with combinations of the above.

The pasta less lasagna is a good idea!

TrickyWoo Sat 27-Jul-13 23:30:01

courgette fritters and they freeze...

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