M is for … monster marrows

August 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm 7 comments

… monster marrows.

Or should I say, making sure they don’t ever grow that big again!
This year I chose to sow just 6 courgette seeds which produced 4 plants – plenty for just the two of us.  They fruited early and we’ve picked them regularly so that we haven’t had any monster marrows to deal with.  It’s good to know we have a make marrow cream’ back up plan for when torrential downpours and breaks away coincide.  But we’d really rather eat savoury courgettes than turn them into a sweet preserve and not going away in July or August has surely helped manage what ends up on our plate.

If you find yourself with a glut of courgettes or a monster marrow or two you could do worse than to try some of these recipes
Recipes, L to R
BBC Good Food Courgette Fritters,
Yotam Ottolenghi’s Courgette and Hazlenut salad
Allotment 2 Kitchen Courgette Potato Cakes
Tinned Tomatoes Lemon Courgette Tripoline
my Vegetarian Stuffed Marrow and Chickpea and Courgette sauce.

If something sweet is more up your street, in a moment of wonderful synchronicity Choclette posted these Chocolate Courgette Squares today.

(my other A-Z challenge posts are here)


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Choclette  |  August 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Ah Nic, thank you. We’ve managed to avoid monster marrow this year too, but that’s mostly because many of our courgettes just withered on the stem – lack of pollination due to bad weather we think. I’m off to look at marrow cream now – just in case!

  • 2. Mal  |  August 18, 2011 at 9:32 am


    Nice collection of recipes. Mmmmm!

  • 3. Nic's Husband  |  August 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    This letter is obvious for me – Music – possibly one of the biggest life shaping things in my life to date

  • 4. Nic's Husband  |  August 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Mac – I’m not a preachy apple fanboy, but the variety of macs I’ve used over the past 10 years or so have defined my working life. I think I would still be using old school studio hardware if the only option was a Windows PC – not that I’ve got anything against them either they can be super too, but they weren’t so great in the old days.

  • 5. Nic's Husband  |  August 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    dur – I did it twice!

  • 6. fiona mayhem  |  August 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

    What brilliant recipes, although I have been dying to have marrow cream since you first posted it. Like others, I have not had monster marrows to deal with, unfortunately.

    My M is for multiples. I always plant too many plants and varieties, and end up trying to give loads away, which is not always easy, in a place where everyone lives in flats. I have just today heard a rumour of some medlars in a local park, so I will keep my fingers crossed that I can change my M.

  • 7. Nip it in the bud  |  September 3, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Choclette – I won’t be making marrow cream either this year. We had an amazing early crop of courgettes but they’ve dwindled to a few teeny ones a week now. I think I’ll stagger my planting next year.

    Mal – indeedy!

    G – muddled at all? They’re kind of one and the same as your mac book is like your third arm when it comes to music making.

    Fiona – blimey you must have been with me a long time before you starting commenting then?
    I made medlar jelly at Christmas but haven’t tried it yet. It’s quite a bizarre experience as you have to wait until they start to rot (blet) – they look and smell quite strange!


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