How does your garden grow? Cooking courgettes

I have been amazed by just how fast courgettes grow. One day there’s just an inkling of a flower and the next day there’s a full-grown courgette! Within a week, it’ll be a marrow – yikes! So we’ve been cooking with the courgettes that we’ve grown ourselves in our new veggie patch and I wanted to share my new favourite recipe for baked courgettes with you. But first here are some photos of my very first courgette harvest – a proud moment for me haha!DIY plant markers for growing courgettesharvesting our first courgettes from our DIY veggie patchharvesting our first courgettes from our DIY veggie patch-2Recipe: Wash courgettes and slice in half or quarters, depending on size. Spray a baking tray with Fry-Light and add courgettes before giving another spray of Fry Light, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and paprika then bake in the oven for 20 minutes or so. Grate some parmesan over the top of the roasted courgettes and pop them back into the over until the cheese had melted a little. I enjoyed eating my roasted courgettes with tomato and broad bean pasta or they are perfect as a side dish with barbequed chicken and salad – you could easily roast the courgettes on the BBQ too!

Have you been growing any veg in your garden this year? What are you harvesting at the moment? We have a greenhouse full of tomatoes (I’ll post some photos soon), in fact there are SO many that I don’t really know what we’re going to do with them! Any suggestions for storing or preserving tomatoes would be greatly appreciated! At least I’m feeling much more healthy with all the vegetable-based meals we’ve been enjoying recently and I’ve really enjoyed the freshness of picking something from the garden and it being part of the meal just 30 minutes later. I’ve found it quite amazing because I’ve never really grown anything before, and even as a child I only remember seeing a handful of tomatoes being grown in grow-bags, and I didn’t think it was even possible to grow as much as we have with only a couple of veggie beds and a 6×4 greenhouse! The courgettes and squash are still going strong and after taking the peas/mangetout out, we’ve planted some potatoes and beetroot. I tried sowing carrots from seed but it looks like I’ve missed the sowing season so I don’t know if these will even work – still I’d rather give it a try than wait until year! Let me know if you’ve been growing anything in your garden this summer and please leave me a comment below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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