When we went on holiday, our neighbour was looking after our garden. I told her to pick whatever she wanted in the vegetable garden, particularly the courgettes as I didn't want to come home to Marrows, unfortunately she didn't see them hiding. This year we planted far too many courgette plants, thinking some wouldn't work, some would get eaten by raccoons etc. However they all grew beautifully and they produced some enormous courgettes while we were away. So what to do with a glut of courgettes.
First of all we made mini Courgette Chocolate Loaves to have as a pudding with ice-cream. We ate them before I had time to photograph them.
Then last night we made a Courgette Grain Bread in the bread machine. I got the recipe from my bread book. If anyone wants it, please let me know.
Today Small made a large Cinamon Courgette Chocolate Chip Loaf.
Smallest made Chocolate Courgette Muffins. They didn't rise great but they were lovely and squishy.
1.5 cups flour, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp Cinamon, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp bake powder, 1/4 tsp salt mixed well together in a bowl. In another bowl beat 3/4 cup plus 2 tbs sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla essence and mix in the mixer til thick and creamy. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until just incorporated. Stir in 2 cups grated courgette and 6oz chocolate chips. Bake for 35 minutes on 350*F.
I made a Courgette, Potato and Cheddar soup which we had with our courgette bread.
500g potatoes roughly chopped added to just enough water to cover them and 2 vegetable stock cubes. Boil and then simmer for ten minutes and add 1kg courgettes, roughly chopped and simmer for five minutes. Add a bunch spring onion, sliced - save 1 for serving. 100g extra-mature cheddar grated, plus a little extra to serve. Whizz until a thick soup and add extra water if needed. Add salt and pepper. Heat up, serve with a small amounts of grated cheese in the middle with spring onions chopped.
I even made a Tomato Soup for the kids and slipped some courgette into it. Huffle wanted to know where the Courgette Wine was hiding.
WELL AT LEAST WE DIDN'T WASTE THEM.