Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
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Day 239/365: The conquest of the squashes: Round 1

[Keiki and Humuhumu put themselves into the stocks at Moseley Old Hall.]

My main accomplishment today was turning two gigantic marrows into a large quantity of zucchini bread (and muffins), with Keiki's help, and a vat of this soup.

The soup was hands down the best I've ever made, although due to the size of the marrow I was defeating (2.5 kg) and the bareness of our cupboards after our holidays, I had to make the following modifications.

  • Quantity of potato that should have been used: 1.25 kg. Quantity of potato I actually used: Dunno. The bloke helped the kids dig up part of the crop in our garden. I washed, peeled, and chopped those.
  • Stock cubes: 1 vegetable, 1 herb, 3 beef. Should have been 5 vegetable, but see the part above about the state of our cupboards.
  • Added chives because Keiki picked them.
  • Quantity of extra-mature cheddar in the house: None. Quantity of Cheshire cheese: 200 g. Should have been 250 g according to the recipe, but I used what I had.
  • Time allegedly needed to cook down the courgettes: 5 minutes. Time actually spent cooking down the courgettes until I could get a stick blender into the pot: 12 minutes.

I highly recommend this as a way to use up excess courgette or marrow. Apparently you can freeze it, but at the rate we yummed it up today, I don't think it'll last that long.

As you can see, the battle against the squash may have been won this weekend, but the war is far from over. Those apples come from a tree that was planted by the ladies who owned this house before us. They have the most incredible flavour. Slightly tart but with a strong, wild-strawberry perfume. After I press post, I shall be going downstairs and eating one.

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