The Other I

August 12, 2014

What do you do with a problem like — Courgette?

Filed under: Food chains,Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:38 pm

So we all know what I’m talking about, let me begin by saying that what are called courgettes here in England are called zucchini and summer squash in America.  Having sworn off farming in the U.S. at the early age of about six, I do not know if these vegetables are as dependent on the weather as they are here,  but over here they are fussy prima donnas.  Last summer was not a productive year.  So this year, Peter sewed twice as many.

Being a Yorkshireman, he’s been announcing for months that they were a failure once again this summer.

Maybe.  But at last count, 10 plants have produced at least 50 courgettes, and they are still madly producing.  At the moment, there is  no end in sight.  I think they are even beginning to multiply in our refrigerator drawer.

So what do you do with what feels like a steady supply of about 3 courgettes coming into your kitchen on a daily basis for maybe as long as 8 weeks?  They’re not easy to freeze because of their high water content, so the solution isn’t to throw them into a freezer bag for mid-winter use.  At the very least, they have to be cooked first.

So far we’ve had courgettes baked, curried, stuffed, battered and au-provincial.  We’ve had courgette fritters, courgettes grated with cream and pancetta,  courgette tart, courgette cake, courgette soup, courgette in salad,  in a stir-fry, and used them as pasta substitutes with spaghetti.  And oh, I forget to mention:  courgette flowers are supposed to be a superb delicacy.  We haven’t tried that yet.

And to think I used to think they were a boring old vegetable.







  1. A problem of a diff kind!


    Comment by tskraghu — August 12, 2014 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  2. Ah, you got it!


    Comment by theotheri — August 12, 2014 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  3. Courgette cake!


    Comment by Thomas J. Hubschman — August 12, 2014 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

    • Well, since you live in New York, you could call it “Zucchini Cake.” It might still earn an exclamation mark, though.

      On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM, The Other I wrote:



      Comment by Terry Sissons — August 12, 2014 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

      • Or we could compromise and call it “Squash Cake.” I bet that has potential for the highest tables in the land. Do you think?


        Comment by theotheri — August 13, 2014 @ 6:51 am

  4. years ago and still today “back home” one never locks ones car except during august – “zucchini season” leaving the car unlocked during this time meant that when you returned from your shopping trip in town, you were greeted by 3-4 bags of the green delight stuffed into bags and placed in your back seat. you may try that!


    Comment by kateritek — August 12, 2014 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  5. Google courgette jam! Hubby will need to increase output.. 🙂


    Comment by lairdglencairn — August 13, 2014 @ 6:43 am | Reply

  6. Usually we fall heir to my parents’ surplus of courgettes – but no sign as yet… I love courgette soup, but they fashion seems to be for courgette cake… Good luck with your courgette consumption.
    If I ever find myself buying a courgette I always feel that it’s *wrong* somehow…


    Comment by sanstorm — August 14, 2014 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

    • I think my own preference is also for courgette soup over the cake. I know the feeling that it’s somehow “wrong” to buy a vegetable that has flourished in one’s own gardens. As if we don’t have enough legitimate things to feel “wrong” about!

      On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 7:25 PM, The Other I wrote:



      Comment by Terry Sissons — August 14, 2014 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

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