Monday, 13 August 2018

Medley of Courgettes - Zucchini

The rain poured from the skies non stop over the weekend and many of us were thankful for it.  
I am harvesting courgettes aka zucchini.  I so prefer calling them Zucchini, but i live in the UK, so it has to be courgettes.  Above we have Tondo de Piacenza.

I scooped the seeds from the middle and stuffed it with some meatfree soy mince.  See the meat free filling recipe here.
Some marrows aka Summer Squash in other parts of the world and courgettes: gold rush and a stripey variety, whose name I have forgotten.  I have made another Marrow Curry, but this time with the addition of chickpeas. It will be our dinner for three days of the working week.
As for the courgettes, they have been used mostly for lunch.  I haven't taken many photographs of my courgette dishes this year, as they have featured on my blog before such as courgette pasty, courgette cake, courgettes flapjack and pasta salad.

The climbing beans are dwindling.  In fact these are the last.  I may have mentioned in a previous blog post that some of my bean canes have been infested with black fly, its been particularly bad this year. So I will be pulling out the bean frames - wigwams next weekend, clear the ground and sow some fenugreek or salad leaves - I can't quite decide which of the two, unless readers have any other suggestions.  It just feels such a waste not to make the most of the space whilst the weather is still relatively kind. 
Well the purple and green beans may all be gone, but...
Ta'dah!  We have cherry tomatoes coming from the greenhouse, these are the first of many we hope....
I was also tempted by these vegetables from the greengrocers at the indoor market when I was in Cardiff last week.  I made a Middle Eastern dish called Etsis Turlu with these aubergines and two tone pepper. Come back tomorrow if you want to see the final dish which also includes some of my homegrown marrow. 
If not, please do come back next week when I will show off some more of my homegrown tomatoes instead - there will be lots of them.  I  am sharing this post with  Harvest Monday which is hosted by the lovely Dave over Our Happy Acres.  

18 comments:

  1. Your 'Marrows' and 'Courgettes' ;) are beautiful. As well as your beans and tomatoes. Some beautiful shots too. And I just went to follow you on IG :)

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    1. Thank you so much Shawn. Your kind about the photographs, I don't use my insta much, but thanks for the follow - i will follow back to when I go on it next time, as I marvelled at your lovely photos and harvest too.

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  2. It sounds like you are making the most of your courgettes and marrows! I am thankful we don't have black flys on our beans here, though we do have Japanese beetles that feast on them. It's too bad that you had to pull yours up. Those two tone peppers are popular here in stores, though I've never bought one.

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    1. I certainly am Dave. Giving them to family too.

      We rarely see two tone peppers here, so it was kinda nice.

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  3. Wow! That's a beautiful harvest you have going there. We were deluged with courgettes earlier in the summer but they seem to have slowed now.
    We also had the most incredible harvest of sweetcorn.... I can honestly say it was the best corn I have ever eaten! I think all the veg has benefitted from the beautiful weather this year xx

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    1. Thank you Kate. Ours are beginning to slow down, the golden ones anyway, but plenty of the other varieties, i think for the next two weeks and they will stop. I wish I had sown sweetcorn this year, i think with our weather it would have thrived. I am so pleased you had some and declare it to be the best in a long time.

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  4. So many names for the varieties of this vegetable! Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's famous detective, grew vegetable marrows when he retired (though he was often called away to continue solving mysteries until he was maybe 130 years old). American readers always had to look that one up. Over here we mostly call them zucchini or summer squash or that unwanted giant thing the neighbor left on our doorstep.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. That is so interesting Mae,
      I only learned recently that Americans called marrows - summer squash, and yes - that unwanted giant green veg, I will be doing the same this w/e as I have spotted three more ready for harvesting and no way can we eat them between the two of us and its not a veg that freezes well either, so food is for sharing.

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  5. your garden efforts always impress me - love the zucchinis and tomatoes - and I love that you have a wigwam and a greenhouse in your garden - sounds so fancy

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    1. You kind Johanna, its nothing like when I had the allotment, but small steps. PS Its not as fancy as it sounds, maybe one day it will be.

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  6. The round courgettes are so cute, and it looks like you've had fantastic harvests of courgettes in general. Our beans were pulled up long ago and beets were planted in their stead. Lately I've been seeding salad turnips and Asian greens in the garden.

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    1. Thanks Phuong. Its been a good courgette and marrow harvest for sure. I will pop on over in a while.

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  7. Goegeous harvest!
    And lots of pleasure to come, cooking all this!

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  8. Those aubergines look just lovely! They have been a dismal failure here for us, so it is good to see someone else's have thrived

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, sadly they are not homegrown.

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