It’s a rare day in the Tin and Thyme household when we order a takeaway. Most of the time it’s not only a lot cheaper to make your own, but it can be quicker too. This Thai green curry with jasmine rice and cashew nuts is a breeze to make and can be rustled up and on the table well before any take out is likely to arrive.
Following on from the gorgeous olive garlic halloumi spelt bread I made a couple of weeks ago, I now bring you my version of another Cypriot recipe, Turlu. It’s a kind of vegetable stew from the Turkish side of Cyprus. It’s very tasty and the aforementioned bread makes a perfect accompaniment.
The courgettes, otherwise known as zucchini, continue to flourish in the way only courgettes know how to. Having enjoyed the spiced courgette fritters I made recently and with plenty more courgettes developing, I couldn’t resist this chickpea pancake version when I spotted it in the February 2005 issue of Delicious.
Just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean I don’t want soup, especially when that soup is packed with summer produce. With a house full of newly dug potatoes, courgettes and broad beans, I took inspiration from a Nigella recipe for Summer Minestrone in the September 2004 issue of Delicious.
When a friend kindly left me a multitude of courgettes on my doorstep the other day, I was delighted. Not only were they freshly picked, but were small, multi-coloured and pretty. My friend was equally delighted, she can’t give them away fast enough. Any number of recipes have been developed to make the most of this seasonal abundance. When I consulted Twitter, the oracle spoke: courgette fritters it was.
Once upon a time, long long ago, I had an Iranian boyfriend. He introduced me to a whole new cuisine, which, although similar to the Middle Eastern one I was more familiar with, was distinct and flavoursome. It was rare that he did any cooking, but when he did he always made the most delicious rice in the classic Persian way, complete with tahdig.
If you haven’t heard of the baking challenge Alpha Bakes, you may have had less of a headache than I did this month. A random letter is generated each month and we have to find something to bake where a main ingredient or name begins with that letter. When it happens to be C there is no problem for me – everything I bake has chocolate in it, but when it’s something a little more obscure such as Z, it becomes difficult. This month’s letter is K. Although kiwi fruit came to mind initially and when I looked in my recipe books I found a few obscurely named recipes beginning with K, I ended up going with kale. Despite the pigeons, kale is one of the few crops we’ve managed to grow this year and having initially dismissed this as an ingredient, I decided I really wanted to use some in a bake. Once I’d decided that, it was easy. I resorted to my trusty savoury brunch muffin recipe and adapted it to suit.
Along with the current glut of courgettes here in the UK, there seems to be a corresponding glut of courgette cake recipes. Guess what? I’m not bucking the trend. It took a while for our courgettes to get going this year, but they are now coming thick and fast. It’s courgettes for every meal at the moment so using them in a cake is merciful relief.
Back in those dim and distant days when I was on holiday, I was browsing through Allotment 2 Kitchen and found this recipe. At that point we still had plenty of courgettes and a friend coming over for supper. MangoCheeks advised that this cake was particularly good warm with vanilla ice-cream, so pudding for the evening was sorted – thank you MangoCheeks. Writing this up three weeks later, I can’t of course remember exactly what I did because, as regular readers will know, I am virtually incapable of following a recipe exactly.
So this is what I think I did:
- Creamed 110g unsalted butter with 220g vanilla sugar (instead of 1 tsp vanilla extract).
- Beat in 2 duck eggs
- Sifted in 340g flour (spelt wholemeal), 2 tsp baking powder, 4 tbsp cocoa and 1 tsp mixed space.
- Mixed this in, then added 400g grated courgette.
- Stirred in 120g Greek yogurt.
- Spooned mixture into a 9″ sq cake thingie and baked for about 45 mins at 180C.