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Seasonal recipes for July
Sun 22-Jul-12
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Courgette & Mint Soup so yummy made more for the freezer, served it with cheese and chilli bread.

 

oops I suppose I better go and find the recipe  BRB   Yes I know the recipe states cucumber but it works with courgette as well.  And marrow obviously although I prefer added spices to marrow.

 

CUCUMBER AND MINT SOUP ***


3 LARGE CUCUMBERS (PEELED AND GRATED)  I don't always peel them
1 TBSP BUTTER
1 ONION (FINELY CHOPPED)
1 LEEK (FINELY SLICED)
1 TBSP PLAIN FLOUR
1 LITRE VEGETABLE STOCK
2 BAY LEAVES
BUNCH OF MINT (FINELY CHOPPED)

Melt the butter in a large pan then add the leek and onion and fry gently until soft. Add the cucumber, mix well then add the flour. Cook gently stirring for 1 - 2 minutes. Add the stock and the bay leaves, bring to the boil then simmer for 15 minutes.Remove the bay leaves and add the mint. Blitz the soup.   Serve hot or chilled

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Sun 22-Jul-12
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Just picked 5 cucumbers so may have to try this recipe.  Sounds delicious - just right for summer which has just arrived in Cornwall!  Thanks.

Sun 22-Jul-12
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Today is Pi day , but as 22/7 is only an approximation of Pi it may be better to make a cobbler or a crumble instead of a pie ,

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Sun 22-Jul-12
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irist said:

Just picked 5 cucumbers so may have to try this recipe.  Sounds delicious - just right for summer which has just arrived in Cornwall!  Thanks.

Sorry Iris but this link doesn't work because it has been taken over by the vibrant thingy for Flora, very irritating, I have been waiting for this to happen. I think you need to do pick on some other words. 

 

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seth said:

Today is Pi day , but as 22/7 is only an approximation of Pi it may be better to make a cobbler or a crumble instead of a pie ,

 

Too clever by 'alf ...... big_laugh

 

Loads of gooseberries - p'raps a crumble then .. big_laugh  big_laugh

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Mon 23-Jul-12
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Hattie, I don't think Iris posted a link, it was probably one of those vibrant thingies.  I say that because I don't see them -  but I do see links.

I'll try that again!

Mon 23-Jul-12
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big_laughbig_laugh  Haha.....well that explains it TA !! Thanks for the info !!  laugh

 

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Mon 23-Jul-12
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You're welcome m'dear.  I think that I don't see the vibrant links because of using AdBlock Plus.

I'll try that again!

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I am getting loads of courgettes right now in late August despite having that sinking feeling all through July as I watched the plats struggling to grow.

 

I use them in all sorts of ways including raw in salads or as thick fingers with dips However I have also found that they can be added to jams (peeled and diced) if you are a little short of your chosen fruits as they seem to take on the flavour of the fruit.

 

My favourite recipe though is to make a courgette relish/chutney and it has become a favourite with family and friends when added to little Christmas boxes of home made preserves.

If you would like to try it here is my recipe

 

Courgette Relish/chutney

 

INGREDIENTS

1 kg courgettes cut into slices (I like to mix both green and golden varieties, if they are large scoop out seeds first)

250gr white onions sliced, (approx 2 large onions after peeling)

250gr sliced green beans. (they can be runner, french or the flat climbing bean)

¼ cup salt

3 cups white vinegar ( using a good white wine vinegar makes a lot of difference)

1 ½ cups white sugar

3 tsps mustard seeds

3 tsps ground tumeric

1 tsp onion seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 ½ tsp celery seed

¾ tsp caroway seeds -very important-

½ tsp mile of medium heat chilli powder (if you like chilli heat use a hot powder)

1 tsp minced garlic

finely chopped root ginger

(optional-1 tsp curry powder)

 

You will also need some plain flour and water as a thickener towards the end of the process.

 

METHOD 

Combine  courgettes, beans,onion and salt in a large container and just add enough cold water to cover. Cover with lid or clingfilm and allow to stand overnight. 

The next day drain the veg. Taste a piece of the veg and if you feel it is too salty lightly rinse under the clod tap but be sure not to overdo it.

 

Add the remaining ingredients (except the flour and water) to a none-reactive pan, slowly bring to the boil and boil for 2 minutes
and pour  over  the veg mixture. Cover and alllow to stand 2 hours. 

Place the mixture into a large pan and bring to the boil. Rapid boil for 5 minutes. 

Thicken with  a paste  of  plain flour  and water and simmer for a couple of minutes stirring continously.  

Fill clean warmed jars and seal. 

Lable and store in a cool dry place.

This is best left for a couple of months before use and I have successfully stored this for over a year and it's still been delicious.

 

NB -  do try it with the curry powder even if you are not a curry fan. Just use a mild version but it does make all the difference.

Sun 26-Aug-12
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Hi Sheila,

Welcome to the forum although I see you joined over a year ago. I'm glad you finally posted. The recipe will be useful for those with a glut of veg.....not me this year unfortunately, as I lost most things I planted (washed away by the rain).

Your blog looks interesting.

Nadine, aka Hattie

 

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Thanks for that, although my courgettes didn't happen this year I am always being given them and OH refuses to eat them. This could be a good way to disguise them! I do like to see lots of jars in my pantry too! Welcome to the forum too, do join in, we would love to hear from you.

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wave Hi Sheila.

I have had a huge amount of courgettes this year, but unfortunately, I think because they started so early, they are now at the point of finishing.  The recipe looks very interesting and I may try it with some bought    eeek  courgettes.

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I didn't bother with courgettes this year and not sure if they would have done anything anyway but next year I think I will brave them again.cheers

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My courgettes came to nothing which is very unusual.

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I never seem to have much luck with courgettes, don't know what I do wrong, I long for these gluts that people complain about.

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