If you have a vegetable garden (sadly I do not) it is highly probable that you are being swamped by courgettes (zucchini) and marrows at the moment. Both at my dear friend’s house in the Cotswold, where I have been enjoying some time recently, and my parents’ home in Sussex, where I have also been staying – it’s the summer holidays after all – they are both drowning in these wonderful vegetables. As such I thought that it would be useful to come up with a couple of ways in which you can incorporate these ingredients into your diet.
For those who have been reading (casting an eye ;o) over my blog for sometime you will know how much I adore dal in all it’s varied forms. Marrow or courgette works really well in dal so I can highly recommend you give this one a whirl (click on link – photo of it below).
I made it for a friend the other day who was completely surprised by how tasty it was and asked me to send her the recipe. So if you are reading this Rose, this is for you.
Soda bread is a really easy and quick to make as it does not require yeast or proving, so within an hour you have a freshly baked loaf – what’s not to love?
Courgette Cheddar and Thyme Soda Bread
400g self raising/wholemeal spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 large courgette or 2 small/medium
50g giant rolled oats
70g cheddar cheese, grated
handful of fresh thyme, leaves only (chives or rosemary also work well)
1 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
- Preheat an oven to 200 degrees (180 degrees if using a fan oven)
- Sieve the flour and add the baking powder into a large bowl.
- Place a large tea towel under a course grater and then grate the courgette. Fold the edges of the tea towel and squeeze so that all the liquid is released from the courgette. Then place into the flour.
- Add all the other ingredients except the egg. Save back a handful of grated cheese to use for the topping.
- Use a wooden spoon to begin with to bind the ingredients together and then use your hands to create a dough ball. If it remains too sticky add a little more flour to help bind it. Do not over handle the dough so that it remains light.
- Place it onto baking paper, lightly brush the dough with the beaten egg and add the remaining cheese on top. Using a knife make a cross in the top of the bread.
- Place into the oven for 35-40 minutes so that it is nicely bronzed. Remove from the oven and place on a rack.
- It is great to eat warm with some butter, which will melt into the bread. Equally I love to dunk it into soup.