THE COURGETTE (ZUCCHINI) GLUT
When there’s a ton of courgettes about, try not to be embarrassing by insisting friends/colleagues/strangers take some home. Most of us British are too polite to refuse. So don’t be a bore and stop pestering everyone with your ruddy courgettes. Nothing worse than a veggie pusher.
The best way to get rid of them is to make stuff to eat with them. After all that was the idea when you grew them. Cakes, bread, pickle, tarts, pies, curries, bakes, stewed, souped, frittered, fried, steamed or even composted as a last resort. The list of possibilities is endless so let’s get creative.
This is the start of my collection. Just a few at the
moment but once the season gets well and truly
going, this area will get bigger and bigger.
General tips: If you are baking with courgettes such as cakes and bread its best to grate them onto a piece of clean muslin or fabric, gather up and squeeze as much liquid out as possible. You’d be surprised to see how much water a courgette can hold. If you don’t do this your cake creation will be too soggy. This bright green water actually tastes good. So don’t throw it down the sink, chill it and drink it. Must be packed with vitamins.
Heres a taster! The rest are on the Courgette Cookery menu on the left hand side
Courgette, pine nut and parmesan rosti
These patties are delicious served with grilled chicken, steak, ham or salmon. A home-made tomato sauce is also an excellent idea. Or perhaps cream cheese spread on top as part of a packed lunch.
You could spice them up with chili. If you wanted to add onion, it would be best to finely chop in a processor first or soften the onions by pre frying them.
- Makes about four
1 medium courgette (grated and drained)
50 grams pine nuts
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 large egg
80 grams parmesan cheese (more if you want them really cheesy)
Salt and black pepper
Chopped basil (optional)
- In it all goes….
- Mix well. If the mixture is too wet add some more flour.
- Then heat some olive oil in blini pans or one large non-stick frying pan. Place a tablespoon or so of the mixture into the pans…
- Turn occasionally, and fry until golden brown. About 3 minutes each side
- Once cooked keep in a warm oven until the next batch is done.
- Toast a few pine nuts once you are done to sprinkle over.