a change of heart

July 16, 2009 at 10:48 pm 7 comments

MOSAIC- cardoonDinner this evening was supposed to be Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe for globe artichoke with chard and caraway.  After fighting my way through the prickly outer leaves to the fluffy, but still prickly, centre of the globes all I found was… nothing.  All three heartless and broken.  So after a brief hmmmmm,  three little silvery lined thoughts popped into my head:

1)  the tomatoes drying happily in the oven will be lovely with salad tomorrow
2) the oven is already warmed up for the blackcurrant and apple leather I planned to make after dinner and if I start it now I’ll have more of the evening left
3) what better excuse to make something with the oversized courgette that has been trying to catch my attention all week

So what did we end up with for dinner?

A courgette ‘thing’ (+ chickpeas, onion, chard and a jar of tomato and basil sauce) with buttery carrots and warm cheese scones (thank you St Micheal and Mr Bertolli!).  Fortunately it was a hit for three reasons:

1) it tasted lovely with the scones and used up a whole marrow

2) it didn’t have carraway in it which George says he’s not keen on anyway

3) I learnt the difference between artichokes and cardoons (heartless globes do not a cardoon make!)

scone + courgette stuff

allotment ingredients:  onion, courgette, chard, carrots
shop-bought:  Bertolli tomato & basil pasta sauce, chickpeas, cheese scoones

Entry filed under: allotment tales, in the kitchen. Tags: , .

last year what’s the difference?

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Your husband  |  July 17, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Dinner includes a mandatory photoshoot in our house now! ;0)

  • 2. Jacqueline  |  July 17, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Your courgette thing looks good, but the poor dish needs a better name 🙂

  • 4. Lucy  |  July 17, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Certainly looks scrumptious! All this growing and doing and creating is putting us lesser mortals to shame! 😉

    • 5. Nip it in the bud  |  July 17, 2009 at 2:46 pm

      don’t be Lucy, I bet there’s heaps you do that I wouldn’t know where to start with :o)

  • 6. Tim  |  May 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    This is an inspiring site!


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