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Share your produce recipes with us

Posted: Yesterday at 10:38

I always grow too many courgettes so here are a couple of courgette recipes.


Courgettes and mint soup. Fry an onion (don't burn it!) add chopped courgettes then cover with chicken stock, simmer until soft, add a handful of mint, simmer one minute, take off heat and when cooler liquidize it with a wand thingy mixer. Can be eaten hot or chilled with a swirl of cream. Freezes.


Ingredients


200g (7oz) grated courgette (no need to peel beforehand, and can be green or yellow courgettes)


150g (5oz) caster sugar


1 egg


125ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil


200g (7oz) plain flour


1/2 teaspoon salt


1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda


1/4 teaspoon baking powder


1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


2 teaspoons lemon zest (about 1 lemon's worth)


Method


Preheat oven to 160C, Gas mark 3. Grease a loaf tin.


 In one bowl mix together the courgette, sugar, egg and oil. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the lemon zest. Fold the flour mixture into the courgette mixture until just blended. This makes a quite runny mix. Pour into the prepared tin.


 Bake for 45 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. If its still a bit gooey in the middle, another 10 mins should do the trick.


 


Green blob??

Posted: Yesterday at 10:25

It doesn't look like any tomato disease. I would just wash it off, probably something that some insect, animal or bird has deposited.


I thought the name of this site was taken from Gardener's World magazine.

Brown dieing patches in my hedge

Posted: Yesterday at 10:16

Could it be box? Looks rather like box blight.

Where in the world are you?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:15

Meant to say - thank you obelixx for finding the map.

Where in the world are you?

Posted: Yesterday at 10:14

Hello, I'm in SW France, Dordogne. Making an English style garden here with perennials and roses can be a challenge! Hot in summer, cold in winter. Limestone. I have joined a scheme like the NGS and have opened my garden to the public.

No flowers on my Cosmos !!

Posted: Yesterday at 10:03

Hello Dordogne Sue and welcome to the forum.


I, too, live in Dordogne. I often have trouble growing Cosmos, I thought it was because the summers are too hot and dry. But it gives me hope that you have had success with Cosmos Purity. This year I tried Antiquity, dismal failure. But I have 3 Sonata in the veg garden, they are healthy, but it should have been 20!

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 09:55

Morning all.


I actually enjoyed watching Monty making Pesto, never seen it done before, I normally buy jars of it. I have lots of basil.


My OH is a nice man. He does washing up, vacuuming and lawn mowing.


We went to a concert last night, a bass/baritone singing and piano. It was in a village church and surprisingly good. The chap had an amazing voice.

Last edited: 29 July 2016 09:55:59

My flowers ..

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 12:11

French chickens are often fed on maize, which makes them yellower and tastier.


A typical French garden is a lot of lawn with trees and shrubs dotted evenly in it, pots of pelargoniums around the house and an immaculately weeded veg patch with veg in straight lines. The grass here is never good fine quality as you can see in England, because of the weather.

HELLO FORKERS! July Edition

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 10:25

The service was quite moving, for the murdered priest and those and their families who have been killed by terrorists. Also it was nice to chat to French people who I haven't seen for a bit. They were very welcoming to us 5 Anglicans who went.


It's raining! But not very hard, I hope it does enough to water the garden.

My flowers ..

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 10:19

You should try French tea aym! Tastes of nothing. I love chicken, so versatile, the flavour is in the sauce!


Daisy, you are doing what I've been doing in SW France. I'm English and I've made an English garden full of roses and perennials, but it can be hard because the summers are hotter and dryer than England and the winters are colder.

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