Every summer holidays I take my kids to a local ‘Pick Your Own' farm. Not only is it a fun activity, its also good to remind them that fruit and vegetables aren’t actually grown in plastic!
Picking strawberries, blackberries and cherry tomatoes are pretty standard for us. But this year we were extra adventurous and went for courgettes too. As usual with pick your own, the kids got carried away and, after the initial excitement was over, I was the one left carrying a truck-load of courgettes (and not quite sure what to do with them!)
Given my love of baking, I decided to experiment for the first time making a courgette cake. With some inspiration from the web, and a few healthier adaptations, the end result was (if I do say so myself) pretty delicious.
175g soft brown sugar
200g wholemeal flour
150g plain white flour
400g courgette, grated
75g ground almonds
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / gas mark 4.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
Mix in the eggs one by one.
Sift in the flours and cinnamon and mix well.
Add the grated courgettes and ground almonds and mix well.
Finally stir in the raisins and transfer the mixture to a loaf or cake tin.
Bake for 40-60 minutes until golden.
[TIP. Check if the cake is cooked by sticking a skewer into the middle - it should come out clean when the cake is ready].,
After my baking success, and still with a whole load of courgette to eat, I decided to have a go at something else I’d been meaning to try for a while - courgetti. Since I don't own a spiralizer (#Iwantoneofthose!) I made do with an ordinary peeler. It was more like tagliatelle than spaghetti, but that was fine.
With my ‘courgettelle’ ribbons all ready, I heated a teaspoon of oil in a wok and stir-fried them for just a few minutes until they were warmed through and soft. With some tomato or other pasta sauce on top, plus a sprinkling of parmesan, this was a winning combination.
The kids weren’t too keen to start with, but they did have a taste - and that’s all that matters when its a new food/meal. I’m going to practice what I preach and keep trying. Hopefully after a few more attempts they’ll be as keen on it as me!
Do you ever go courgette crazy?! I would love to hear your ideas for meals using this wonderfully versatile veggie… x