If you grow courgettes or you know some-one who grows courgettes, sooner or later you will find you have either a courgette that got away and turned into a marrow or a marrow or 3 will be given to you by friends who have suffered the same fate. Worse still you may even grow marrows and soon you may well find yourself drowning in them.
|The courgette that grew up to be a marrow|
What can you make with an excess of marrow?
Some people apparently like it lightly steamed (not my favourite I have to confess)
Various marrow chutney recipes are possible
Stuffed with mince or spiced vegetables makes a tasty meal
Or, for something a bit different, I suggest Marrow and Ginger Jam. It may seem odd to be making jam from a marrow but I can assure when mixed with the sugar and the ginger it makes a really tasty preserve.
Marrow and Ginger Jam
- 450g/1lb marrow (weighed after peeling) - peeled and cut into small cubes
- 450g/1lb sugar
- 1tsp ground ginger or 1-2oz crystallized ginger, chopped finely
- Juice 1 large lemon
1. Sprinkle the sugar over the marrow, cover and let it stand overnight in a cool place.
2. The next day put the sugar and marrow in a preserving or large pan and warm gently until the sugar has dissolved.
3. Add the ginger then boil steadily until the cubes look transparent and the syrup has set.*
4. Pour into hot, sterilised jam jars and cover at once.
* to check if the syrup has set place some thinly on a cold plate. Allow it to cool and then push it gently with your finger. if a skin has formed on the syrup that crinkles up slightly when you push it then setting point has been reached. If not continue to boil until you do reach setting point.
Occasionally my syrup won't set. Don't worry if this happens to you. If this is the case simply call it marrow and ginger sauce and eat it with ice cream, pancakes etc.
|Marrow and Ginger Jam|
Do you have any favourite marrow recipes? I have made jam so I could do with some meal ideas now. Merci!
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