What to do with Courgettes, Marrows, Rhubarb and other excess fruit and veg...
Or zucchinis if you prefer
There are loads of great ideas on squidoo for courgettes and marrows (or zucchinis is you prefer) so here are links to zucchini pages, and some recipes of my own.
Made with the various courgette varieties in the picture!
Rhubarb and Ginger pudding (or 'Helens Rhubarb stuff')
an easy and great tasting rhubarb pudding, as made by my sister at her yearly birthday BBQ
This is really so simple, yet I only found out how to make it this year. Its always been a bit of a draw for my sisters barbeque as it looks great and tastes fantastic.
cook the rhubarb, then mix in some srushed ginger biscuits and some yogurt - helen normally uses set yogurt, but greek style is what I use.
you can decorate the top like a trifle if toy want, glam it up a bit.
Apple and Marrow Marmalade Recipe
or courgette and ginger jam, as I have been calling it.
1kg peeled cored apples
1kg prepared marrow
1 lemon (rind and juice)
60g ginger (I've used crystalised, fresh and powdered, the original recipe wasn't clear, so try it and see!)
instructions (and what I did)
1. Chop everything finely (I grated it all)
2. Put into a bowl in 3 layers, sugar in between, juice on top (I just put it all in a bowl) and leave overnight. (or in my impatient case a few hours)
3. Boil for 30 minutes, then test, keep going if required.
This recipe makes 8ish jars of jam?
carrot cake without the carrot
Any carrot cake recipe will do, just cross out carrot and write in courgette (or zucchini if you prefer!)
Here's the one I use though
310g self-raising Flour
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
80ml milk or water
290g grated courgette
Bung it all in a bowl and mix it up then fill a 12 muffin tray and cook at gas mark 7 for about 20 minutes, or until they are cooked.
Courgette Cake without the Courgettes
I'm overwhelmed with Beets at the moment, so what to do with them?
Once again its the same as carrot cake, so just replace the carrot with beetroot, either in your own recipe or in the courgette one above (although then you will have to change courgette rather than carrot...!)
courgette and Ginger Jam
Chop and peel your courgette, then weigh it.
Cook the courgette in a small amount of water
add the same weight of sugar as your prepared courgette
Add chopped / grated Ginger to taste
Add lemon juice to taste - I suggest 2 lemons worth per 12oz courgette
Boil till done.
It's a bit vague I know....make it up, I've made it runny and yellow (like the picture) and solid and orange (hard to spread) but always yummy!
Courgette and Tomato Chutney
2 onions , chopped
500g tomatoes , chopped
500g courgettes , diced
300ml white wine vinegar
2 Granny Smith apples , peeled and diced
250g brown sugar
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp mustard seeds
thumb-sized piece root ginger , grated
4 garlic clove , crushed
1.Put all the ingredients in a large pan. Bring slowly to a simmer, stirring to stop the mixture sticking.
2.Simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours until dark, thick and chutney-like. Pour into sterilised jars and leave for 2-3 weeks before eating.
Nutritional information Per 25g/rounded tbsp
36 kcalories, protein 0.6g, carbohydrate 8.4g, fat 0.2 g, saturated fat 0g, fibre 0.5g, salt 0.02 g
Courgette, Apple and Pear Chutney
I've found myself with a load of windfall pears, so here's a use for them, and the shed load of courgettes.
1.7 kg Courgettes
400ml Cider vinegar
500g Soft dark brown sugar
2 Garlic cloves
1 Teaspoon salt
Â½ Teaspoon of ground white pepper
1Â½ Teaspoons of ground Allspice
1Â½ Teaspoons of ground ginger
Â½ Tablespoon mustard seeds
Â½ Teaspoon of ground mace
This recipe makes approximately 10 x 227g jars.
Dice the courgettes, peel and dice the apples and pears, and crush the garlic.
Add all the ingredients to a large, heavy bottomed pan and stir to combine.
Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
Turn up the heat and bring to the boil, then turn it down again and simmer very gently, stirring from time to time, for 1 hour and thirty minutes until the fruit and vegetables and fruit are soft and glossy.
Ladle into warm sterilised jars and seal.
Store for three weeks before using.
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