Friday, 1 July 2016

Into July with a courgette recipe and other notes from the diary

We used to grow 8 - 12  courgette plants to have enough to sell, and for us to eat plus some to leave for marrows. We never had a problem with too many courgettes -  they just went in a bag and out on the stall and chickens love them anyway. This year, with just 2 plants growing well and nowhere to sell them, I'm starting to understand the meaning of a courgette glut.
Here's a recipe I found to use a few, torn from a Tesco magazine a while ago. A sort-of quiche but more interesting. Puff pastry rolled to an oblong and scored around the edges, a mix of ricotta, Grana Padano(I had no idea what that was so just used cheddar, now I know it's a type of Parmesan), a beaten egg and basil (Col doesn't like basil  so I used plenty of black pepper instead), spread over the centre of the pastry, courgettes thinly sliced and laid on top, 180 degrees C fan oven for 25 minutes, then pine nuts sprinkled on and another 5 minutes

I used half the recipe, because I didn't think it would be good cold, and it was very tasty.
 

Our eldest emailed this, 4 week old Jacob looking shocked or surprised at something!



While searching for something on t'internet I found this, how true!
Sally, a reader of this blog has very kindly sent me some Angela Thirkell books so I have even more reasons to be happy.
Thank you Sally, much appreciated

Not a lot else happening, much tennis watching, stitching- a pretty chart to fit in a bookmark (needs ironing first).

I'm thinking about doing a classic sampler from the book  picked up for£1 at the Needham Market bootsale on Wednesday, but can't work on linen or anything smaller than 14hpi so not sure if it would look OK
and I don't have anything to stretch it on to stitch (well, only a giant tapestry frame which would be much too big) at the moment.


I batch baked 6 pastry cases and used one for a lemon meringue pie with a bargain reduced pack picked up from the Co-op ( Greens twin pack 40p!)

And now we are in July and I shall post this quickly because for some techy reason that I don't understand, the pictures and words keeping jumping about and disappearing whenever the cursor passes over them


Which makes it almost impossible to change spelling or put in punctuation, and is very annoying. If it does it next time I try and write a post I shall scream!

Back Soon
Sue

30 comments:

  1. I must admit that I have never quite got to grips with courgettes. I have used them but I'm still not quite sure about them.
    Oh Jacob is just gorgeous.....what a little poppet.
    Looking forward to taking care of my two tomorrow-x-

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    1. Chucked in towards the end of mixed roast veg are good. I had a recipe which I liked for courgette crumble but that used pesto which gave OH indigestion so can't do that.
      have fun with Ruby and Marlowe

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  2. A great photo of that gorgeous Grandson of yours.

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  3. I do my counted cross stitch on an embroidery hoop. I get them at the charity shop. Very portable, too!

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    1. I got cross with hoops - having to take them on and off. I did have a small frame but did I sell it at a car boot or is it in a box somewhere?

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  4. He is just too cute!

    MakingMendingCrafting posted a nice courgette recipe recently, Courgette & spring onion fritters. It's on my list of recipes to try. (June 8th post)

    x

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    1. I've done leek fritters and sweetcorn fritters but will have to try courgette

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  5. I think your sampler would look fine on 14hpi. Just make sure to use 2 threads. I like 16hpi. I used to do more on linen and such but as I'm growing older it gets more difficult to see the holes! I use a q-snap but you can find plenty of hoops around and they aren't too expensive.

    Courgettes are something I can grow! We had a lot of them last year. I really liked the bread I made with them. Very nice.

    Have a lovely weekend

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    1. I can't believe that I actually did my very first cross stitch kit on 18hpi! now I'm needing 14 and soon it will be Binca!

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  6. The employee lounge was always full of courgettes free to anyone who wanted them. Where I live now courgettes are called zucchini - as they say "separated by a common language"

    Jacob is a lovely baby, looking quite alert.

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    1. Like egg plants and aubergines - wonder why?

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  7. Jacob has such a cute expression! Thoughts and prayers for you and especially Col this month as he tackles the last round of chemo and his stem cell treatment. Hopefully buy August you'll both be spending time at your beach hut, resting and recovering.

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    1. I hope you are right about the August recovery, some sunshine would be good then, today is horribly grey

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  8. That wee face is so adorable and so lively-what a blessing now to be able to see photos instantly. I can't do cross stitch for toffee-it makes me go cross eyed. Kind thoughts as always to you both. Catriona

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    1. Thank you. We've been able to see lots of photos - it's lovely

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  9. Can't get into courgettes. Too mush and the taste is quite acrid to my mouth. It's a bad relationship

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  10. I shall try that courgette recipe. At present I only use them in a mix of Mediterranean vegetables for baking in the oven.
    We have given up our veggie garden and grassed it over. But I bought the first runner beans on our really good market stall this morning - they look delicious and we shall eat them tomorrow.

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  11. Hi Sue

    I've done many a sampler on 14/16 count without a hoop. Working from the centre, I fold and then fold again until it's of a width I can hold in my little hands. I use a paperclip either end to keep it together. As long as I wash and iron when done, it's always looked ok.
    Les

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  12. Courgettes (or Zucchini in Australia) grow like weeds here and it is the common joke that everyone always plants too many. My favorite way to prepare is to fry in hot butter and add a little garlic powder and sesame seeds

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  13. Oh, Sue, the courgette tart looks so yummy!
    Margaret P

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  14. Courgette cake is good too, rather like a carrot cake but courgette if you know what I mean.
    The sampler I enjoyed making most, and which I still like the most, was a family one. I did all the letters in graduated rainbow colours which used up all the scraps of thread left over from other projects. Sometimes I mixed two colours together to make up the two strands and sometimes I had to put the needle through then thread it and repeat several times to complete the letter! Being of a frugal nature I got great satisfaction from creating something from bits destined for the bin. Sue

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  15. Aww Jacob is gorgeous bet you can't wait to get your hands on him again can you. The cross stitch you've done is beautiful. I really enjoyed the little one I did at Christmas. Not overly keen on courgettes myself, but Amy loves them. I'm sure if they were in cake or bread though I'd feel differently about them :) xx

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  16. Cute little Jacob!
    Nice embroidery.
    Courgettes are brilliant. Great rewards for little effort!

    Thought I'd share that I'm feeling a bit down at present, as my sweet little 2 year old cat Oskar was run over and killed by a van on Thursday.

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    1. Oh No, so sorry to hear that.... such sad news.

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  17. Thanks for the new zucchini recipe. I always have trouble coming up with ideas to use the "glut" and shredding for cake and loafs gets a bit old after awhile.

    God bless.

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  18. Sweet sweet baby! My son's absolute favourite weaning food was puréed courgette! I like the silkiness they add to a veg soup. The Greens lemon meringue took me right back to my childhood. My mum used to make it for Special Occasions and it was my favourite pudding!

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    1. You are still allowed to like lemon meringue even though you are old!
      I miss the little lemon capsule that used to dissolve with a sudden burst of lemon scent.

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  19. How kind for the blogger to send you on some AT books, I have a couple of these on my wishlist too!
    Lovely photo of Jacob.
    Greens LM always reminds me of my lovely dad, he'd make those for us.
    Lisa x

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