so last year, first year of our allotment we planted 18 courgette plants - and harvested 37 kilos over the course of the summer, that's a lot of courgettes...
So this year we cut back to a mere 12 plants. And in the 3 weeks we've been cropping so far... 34 kilos!!! . So far I have delivered a carrier bag full to both dd's school, to the hospital when I had a midwife appointment and to dh's work but dh has just appeared with another 3 carrier bags full!
They are sweet and lovely but one can only eat so many - so anyone have any great recipes, hopefully freezable (baby due in September so could be helpful). We'd like to attempt some char-grilled courgettes in oil so any recipes for that would be great. I keep seeing recipes for preserving courgettes that involve boiling them in vinegar and I think that doesn't sound great.
Also anyone in Bournemouth want to come and get some? .
Courgette and Pea Souper Makes 4 baby portions: 1/2 small onion 15g 1/2oz butter 50g/2oz courgette, trimmed and finely sliced 1 medium potato peeled and chopped 120 ml/4floz chicken or veg stock 25g/1oz frozen peas Saute onion in butter til softened, add courgette, potato and stock.Bring to boil,cover anbd simmer for 12 mins, Add frozen peas, bring to boil, reduce heat and continue to cook for 4-5 mins. Puree. I've not been accurate to the amounts in the recipe, just sort of guessed, but it always turns out well. Hope that helps
I've confused my winter squash this year and have far too many growing with only 2 courgette plants!Will label better next year... We use this recipe a lot and mix it with penne pasta, serve it on ciabatta etc
Courgette 150g (but i make it up a bit depending on how many I've got and whether I want to freeze a batch down) Unsalted butter - lots say 50 - 100g but I don't always use this much but it works well with lots of butter! Garlic cloves 2 mint leaves handful or so Parmesan (depends how many courgettes you use try 25 - 50g)
Cut courgette in half lengthways and then into 1cm pieces. Peel and chop garlic, chop mint and grate cheese. Melt butter add courgettes and cook on really low heat for around 10-15 minutes keep checking though to and give occasional stirs. Cook until soft, add garlic and season stir and continue to cook, add more butter and the mint.
Sometimes we mash it up completely, sometimes just mash half. I like a squeeze of lemon on it and a sprinkling of chopped fresh chillies!
I know, I know, didn't mean to plant so many but you grow a packet of seeds, you want different colours and shapes, next thing you know you have a pile of strong little plants just begging you to put them in the allotment so they can do their thang. I just can't resist a little plant with a sad face.
This isn't freezeable but by far my favourite thing to do with courgettes is to slice them length-wise then griddle them until charred. Then sprinkle them with salt and lemon juice and they are AMAZING