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Courgette recipes
Sat 2-Aug-14
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Courgette, onion and tomato bake

1 medium onion

knob of butter

4 tomatoes

2 medium courgettes

600ml/ 1 pint cheese sauce

salt and pepper

grated cheese and dried breadcrumbs to sprinkle

Peel and slice the onion. Cook until tender in a little margarine. Plunge the tomatoes into boiling water, peel and slice. Slice courgettes thickly.

Layer courgettes, onion and tomato then cheese sauce. season well and repeat the layers. Finish with grated cheese and dried breadcrumbs and bake 180C, 350F, gas mark 4. For 30 mins.

 

Courgette and mushroom dish

4 medium courgettes                                       1 clove of garlic crushed

225 - 350 g / 8-12 large mushrooms                  about 3 tablespoons of cream

4 tblsp fresh breadcrumbs                                 SAUCE

1 egg                                                              40g / 1 1/2oz flour

2 heaped teasp chopped chives                          40g / 1 1/2oz butter

2 heaped teasp chopped parsley                         40g / 1 1/2oz cheese

1 small onion chopped                                        about 300ml / 1/2 pint milk

                                                                       salt and pepper

                                                                       40 -50g / 1 1/2 - 2oz grated cheese for the topping

Cut the ends off the courgettes and cook in boiling water for 5-10 mins depending on the size. Cut in half lengthways and scoop out a little of the flesh. Take the stalks off the mushrooms. Arrange the eight courgette halves like the spokes of a wheel in a round ovenproof dish and put the mushrooms between the spokes.

Mix the courgette flesh, chopped mushroom stalks, breadcrumbs, beaten egg, herbs and garlic and add enough cream to make a rather moist stuffing. Spread the stuffing over the courgettes and mushrooms.

Make a sauce with the flour, butter, cheese and enough milk to give a fairly thick but pourable consistency. Season to taste, spoon over courgettes and mushrooms, sprinkle with grated cheese all over.Bake 190C/ 375F/ gas mark 5. Until golden and bubbling about 20 mins.

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Sat 2-Aug-14
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Thank you for those Eileen.  I have pinned the topic so the recipes will be available permanently.  

I hope. ponder

I'll try that again!

Sat 2-Aug-14
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Thanks for those, Eileen.  One day I might get round to having a go at making the infamous Chocolate Courgette Cake that you always see mentioned on blogs at this time of year!  It's just never really appealed to me because of the courgettes in it, just doesn't seem right.  Don't know why though, not much different to Carrot Cake (which I love) is it?!

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Sat 2-Aug-14
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Apart from the mushrooms (which I like but Emma doesn't), it sounds good. Since Emma likes chicken, I could see us putting some in instead!

We mostly use courgettes as a 'filler' vegetable when chopping and frying veg for pasta sauces etc. but one of our favourite courgette recipes is this one but we don't usually bother baking it at the end. Last time I did it I fried the courgettes and garlic to a mush, added philly and pecorino and tossed it with pasta.

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Sun 3-Aug-14
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This Italian courgette recipe is delicious (as are many others on this site)......LINK.

I hope you try it &enjoy the result. The mint is a welcome addition, I had never thought of adding it to courgettes.   wave

 

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Sun 3-Aug-14
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wave I will try a couple of these recipes as I have lots of courgettes!! Thank you.  I must get the recipe of the most divine courgette and lime cake that my neighbour makes.  When I do, I shall post it.

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Mon 4-Aug-14
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Courgette and chocolate cake

200g plain flour

1/2teasp bicarbonate of soda

1 teasp baking powder

1/2 teasp of salt

100g total sweet ( xylitol )

2 med eggs

180ml mild or medium olive oil

170g dark chocolate

225 gr courgettes

55g finely chopped walnuts

ICING

1 tablespoon total sweet

250gr cream cheese

1/2 teasp vanilla extract

preheat oven to 180C

grease and line an 8inch tin

sift flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt into a bowl

stir in total sweet

in a seperate bowl beat eggs with oil

melt chocolate in a bain marie or the microwave

grate courgettes

Stir eggs into the dry ingredients

then mix in chocolate and nuts

pour into cake tin

bake 25 to 30 mins until firm and skewer comes out clean

cool on rack before icing

to make icing mix all ingredients together until smooth.

Haven't made this yet but think I will get some chocolate tomorrow and have a go

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Tue 5-Aug-14
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I'm going to make the chocolate cake later too.

It's now getting to the stage where I am sick of the sight of courgettes.....we already had 8 in the fridge this morning, and if we don't pick a couple nearly every day they practically turn into marrows overnight.  I did consider pulling up a couple of the plants (we have 4, 2 green and 2 yellow) and chucking them on the compost heap.  But that goes against the grain, I can't bring myself to throw away food, it's not right.

So this morning I had a bit of a brainwave.....I've grated 6 of them, put them in a cloth and squeezed out some of the water, then fried them off in a little olive oil.  I'll freeze them in tubs to make soup or add to mince dishes or stews later in the year.

Now husband has just come in with a load more French beans, plus half a trug full of carrots....ponder

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Tue 5-Aug-14
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How lovely all those fresh veg, I used to have an organic veg box delivered when we lived in Wimbledon, I do miss it.

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Tue 5-Aug-14
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I'm not knocking it, it's lovely to have fresh homegrown veg.  I just wish sometimes there wasn't so much of it all at once.

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Tue 5-Aug-14
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You will just have to get out your pioneer spirit and freeze, dry and pickle.

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Tue 5-Aug-14
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Courgette Chutney

Pickling spices ( corriander seeds, yellow mustard seeds, dried chillies, allspice, ginger, black peppercorns, couple of bay leaves)

700g courgettes chopped into cubes

250g raisins

250g total sweet (xylitol)

1 small apple chopped

3/4 tbls salt

500ml white wine vinegar

place spices in a muslin bag

place everything into a large pan and tie spice bag to handle so it dangles in mixture

leave for 24 hours

heat slowly to dissovle sugar

bring to the boil and simmer for at least 1 hour pressing the spice bag now and again

until courgettes are translucent and liquid golden and syrupy

 pour into warm sterilised jars.

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Wed 6-Aug-14
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Zucchini Bread

3 eggs

2 cups of sugar

2 cups of shredded zuccini

1 cup of vegetable oil

2 teasp of vanilla extract

3 cups of plain flour

1 teasp salt

1 teasp bicarbonate soda

1 teasp of baking powder

2 teasp cinnamon

1/2 teasp grated nutmeg

1/4 teasp of ground cloves

1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup of raisins

Beat eggs until foamy, stir in sugar, zuchini, oil and vanilla.

 In another bowl stir together dry ing, flour, salt, bicarb, baking powder, spices.

Gradually stir dry ing into egg mix. stir in nuts and raisins, pour into 2 loaf pans greased on the bottom only.

bake in preheated oven 325F for 60 to 80 mins, cool for 10mins in the tins, cool completely on a rack. Wait 1 day for easier cutting.

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Wed 13-Aug-14
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Tasty recipes! I love courgettes for all the different ways to use them. smile

I've got a cunning little julienne peeler that turns them into very low calorie 'spaghetti'. I grate them into rice with lots of tomatoes and whatever else takes my fancy. Last time was mushrooms and veggi sausages. Tonight I had it as chunks in a chilli. I like it grated and tossed into just-cooked pasta so that the courgette softens a little then you spoon in thick yoghurt well seasoned with salt and pepper and warm gently or eat cold. Sometimes I roast big round slices of courgette with slices of aubergine and sweet potato, adding lots of garlic and herbs.  When cooked I stack them up, pour over whatever dressing I fancy and eat with salad and boiled egg or something like taco flavoured quinoa or spicy beanburger. The beanburger could well have courgette in it too.

But I'm going to have to add a link to my latest favourite chocolate and courgette brownie recipe. Date Sweetened Zucchini Brownies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting. (I've made them with a gluten free flour mix or sorghum flour. Both were good and I shall try buckwheat next time.)

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Wed 13-Aug-14
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wave  Great recipes Ruth - well apart from the brownies which are not for me.  I shall be trying out some of your ideas this week.  Thank you! big_hug

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