when there’s one too many courgettes

September 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm 7 comments

So I hear it’s been a bad year for growers.  That news didn’t reach my friend’s courgette plants and she’s had a bumper crop.  While Carol-Ann made chocolate cake to reduce her courgette pile I made my first preserve of the year with those gifted to us.  I’ve been stuffed up with cold this week so standing over a hot spicy pan of sauce was rather cleansing.  My taste buds were dulled to the spicy kick of the sauce but it had the right gloop factor and lurid colour so hopefully it will taste as great as it normally does.

Here’s the original recipe post – it’s ideal if you had an abundant summer’s harvest but are short on time to do anything with it (I’ve never got on with freezing veg).

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ttholler  |  September 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Oh they look so good. Recipe please 🙂

  • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  September 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    hey Jac, the recipe link is above the pic. cheerio, N x

  • 3. Missus Tribble  |  September 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I make what I call “Sweet Chilli Courgette” pickles. I have to leave out the sugar if I’m making them for my Mum, as she’s recovering from cancer and has been put on a specialist diet, but she says they’re delicious either way. I’d be happy to send you the recipe, if you’d like it (it’s actually NOT from my River Cottage book).

  • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  September 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I’d love to try out your recipe Missus Tribble. Will you be blogging it?

  • 5. Janet/Plantalisciousj  |  September 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Glad I am not the only one averse to freezing veg, was so disappointed when my lovely purple beans tasted mushy when I tried it last year. Preserves have to be the way forward, am going to buy myself that book once I get a harvest next year that requires it!

  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  September 18, 2012 at 6:50 am

    rubbery tasteless beans were such a disappointment after all the effort of growing them so I gave up too Janet. If I could only keep one preserve book it would be Pam the Jam’s – you’ll not be disappointed.

  • 7. Oxo Tots baking Granny style | Nip it in the bud  |  September 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    […] this time of year I’m usually gathering ingredients for chutney making:  using up a glut of courgettes or beetroot or damsons. With no allotment grown veggies this year I’m using up my preserve […]


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