Courgette time again

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Courgette time again

Post: #280933 Zech
Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:18 pm

My courgette harvest has just about reached the stage where I'm bored of eating them simply, and looking for other ideas. I searched here (working search function! All hail the site geek!) and found this thread from a few years ago:
http://www.selfsufficientish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=20225&hilit=courgettes
We've just had the savoury courgette cake for dinner, and it really is good! Even the vegetable hating husband enjoyed it :cheers:

I haven't yet made courgette chocolate cake yet, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. I've never had a glut of anything before - this is quite a novelty!
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #280934 ina
Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:46 am

To add a few ideas to the old thread:

Courgettes (try to use ones that are not really marrows yet), sliced thickly, cooked with a little onion in their own juices (and a bit of butter or oil), then sour cream or creme fraiche added and chopped ham.

Courgettes, sliced lengthways with a mandolin (i.e. quite thinly, if you don't have a mandolin), used instead of pasta sheets in a low-carb lasagne.

Slices of courgettes, dipped in batter and deep-fried (the Scottish favourite - or isn't it?)

Very young courgettes, sliced raw for salad (I have one every day, which keeps the glut to a minimum).

Courgettes, grated in fruitcake (it's not just nice in chocolate cake - I actually prefer beetroot for the chocolate version). Don't add any extra liquid, the courgettes provide enough.

And, of course, in omelet.

And a friend mentioned a version with almonds, but I've not done that yet.
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #280935 Green Aura
Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:09 am

I read about these courgette gluts but we've never had one - they only seem to come off one or two at a time at a rate we can manage. We only have one plant, so that might explain it.

Looks like I'll have to buy some to try some of these recipes :lol:
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #280947 ojay54
Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:21 pm

TBH, I 'm not a great fan of the fruit,but I grow as many as poss to eat the flowers (deep-fried,light tempura)......... lovely.

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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #280952 Odsox
Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:46 pm

Ratatouille, fry onions and garlic in olive oil, when softened dump loads of chopped courgettes and tomatoes and leave to cook in their own juices. You can add mushrooms as well and/or cubed potato for more substance. It freezes well too.

Re Ina's lasagne, you can make an "Irish" lasagne with slices of waxy potatoes instead of lasagne sheets. Sorry no courgettes in that.
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #280957 Carltonian Man
Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:45 pm

Courgie and tom sauce for pasta, chips, fish pie etc. Slice courgies and onion and brown in a pan. Add to taste ground cumin, sea salt, garlic and black pepper then chuck in a load of freshly chopped toms. Cook it down before blitzing with a hand blender (at this stage I also add mature cheddar). Bring it back to a simmer, stir well and bottle in heated jars.

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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #280958 ina
Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:14 pm

And 1001 types of courgettes soup... My favourite - with Stilton.

I have two plants (and an extra one in a smallish container, so that one doesn't produce a lot - but I didn't have the heart to chuck it out...), and I almost manage to eat them all myself. OK, a few neighbours have had some, but I know they would be happy to take more off my hands, and I don't have any to spare! So no glut, really...
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #281023 battybird
Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:47 pm

Thanks Zech, I posted that thread and had completely forgotten about courgette bread! Will start a loaf now...still using most of the recipes tho. I love this type of glut makes you so inventive. Now...just need to work out some recipes for the four cucumbers a day we have been picking for the last three weeks :study:
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #281091 John Headstrong
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:24 pm

ina wrote:
Courgettes, sliced lengthways with a mandolin (i.e. quite thinly, if you don't have a mandolin), used instead of pasta sheets in a low-carb lasagne.




oh yes! just done that, delicious! other forms of Courgette lasagne also on the menu now. :study:

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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #281097 MKG
Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:24 pm

... and you know those ones that get away and turn into maxi-courgettes? The ones that some people call marrows? Well, they're absolutely ideal for lasagne.
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #281129 ina
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:33 am

Mine just don't get away any more - it's been too cold the last week or so. First it was too dry, now it's too cold. (I still have enough for myself, but can't supply the neighbours at the moment...)
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #281134 Zech
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:26 am

Mine have slowed right down, too. I wondered if it was the change in the weather.
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Re: Courgette time again

Post: #281255 battybird
Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:15 am

Ours slowed down a little while the cucumbers were going mad but have suddenly started up with a vengeance! Courgette bread was a bit of a disaster...the bread maker stopped working and I ended up with a half mixed mess. Tried to rework it but it turned into a heavy pudding...made a good topping in slices on savoury mince though!
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