Saturday, 29 July 2017

Indian style spiced courgette chutney

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Indian style spiced courgette chutney 

Indian style spiced courgette chutney 


My Indian style spiced courgette chutney packs a punch with ginger, garlic and lots of chilli, plus a wonderful mixture of fragrant spices including mustard, turmeric, coriander, cumin, garam masala, star anise and kalonji (onion seeds). 

I think this might currently top my previous favourite courgette glut recipe for chocolate, courgette and coconut cake, as we seem to be eating this spicy chutney with everything!

I can recommend a spoonful or two with cheese on toast, curry and rice or just simply to top a fried egg. Delicious stuff! 

Inspired by an Indian style kasundi recipe - which is a traditional tomato chutney flavoured with mustard seeds and a blend of spices. I'll definitely be trying this recipe with tomatoes too - just swapping out the weight of courgettes for tomatoes when they are ripe and ready to use. 

The courgette glut recipe challenge continues. Watch this space for more recipes from the vegetable garden coming soon...

makes about 5 x 500g jars 
preparation time guide: 30 minutes 
cooking time guide: 60 minutes 

ingredients: 
2 kg coarsely grated courgettes
200g onion - roughly chopped
200g fresh ginger - peeled and roughly chopped 
1 head garlic - cloves separated and peeled 
5 long red dried Thai chillies (or to taste) 
200g sugar 
350ml apple cider vinegar 
2 tbsp hot mustard/mustard seeds 
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp onion seeds (kalonji) 
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder
2 star anise
2 tsp salt 
4 tbsp vegetable oil


method: 

place the grated courgettes in a colander/sieve over a bowl. Sprinkle over the salt and leave to drain for about an hour.

add the vinegar to a blender with the onion, garlic, ginger and chillies and mix to a smooth paste

heat the oil in a pan then add the dried whole and powdered spices. Heat gently for a minute or 2 until fragrant - being very careful not to burn the spices. 

add the vinegar, onion, ginger, garlic and chilli paste to the spices and cook for about 10-15 minutes.

add the sugar and drained courgettes (discarding the liquid/adding to your compost patch), and continue to cook for about an hour over a low heat until thickened and a wooden spoon leaves a trail when pulled through the bottom of the pan. Remove the star anise. 

when the chutney is ready spoon carefully into cleaned and sterilised jars, seal and store in a cool, dark place. This chutney is ready to eat immediately. Store in the fridge when opened.






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Monday, 24 July 2017

chocolate, courgette and coconut cake

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chocolate, courgette and coconut cake


My chocolate, courgette and coconut cake is a great way to use up any courgettes you may have if you are in the midst of the seasonal courgette glut. However even if you are not I would highly recommend this recipe. The finished cake is moist and chocolatey, with texture and flavour from the coconut and packed with healthy courgettes too. A new favourite cake recipe here at De Tout Coeur Limousin.

I have tried a few other courgette cake recipes and they can be a bit stodgy and heavy. The desiccated coconut acts as a sponge to the excess moisture, which definitely solves the problem in a very tasty way.

This is a really simple recipe to make too – no lengthy creaming of butter and sugar, just a mixing of the wet and dry ingredients, and into the oven.

This courgette cake is already a new favourite here at De Tout Coeur Limousin, and a cake I will definitely be making a few more of for our guests,

This cake is delicious without an icing/frosting – but feel free to add one if you would like or to make it a bit more fancy for a special occasion. My coconut chocolate ganache icing would work really well, as would a simple chocolate mascarpone icing.

The dark chocolate and coconut also lends itself well to a bit of spice. The next time I try out this bake I will be adding a handful of chopped stem ginger too.

I hope you enjoy, do let me know how you get on if you try out my recipe. As always, any favourite courgettes glut recipes are always welcome.

recipe by: Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin 
preparation time: less than 30 minutes
cooking time: 50-60 minutes

ingredients
2 cups coarsely grated courgettes
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 cups caster sugar
1 3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
zest and juice of 1 orange
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp salt

optional extras:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped stem ginger

method: 

preheat the oven to gas 4/180C. Grease/line a 13 inch round cake tin.

add the grated courgettes, desiccated coconut, yogurt, sugar, zest and juice of orange, eggs and oil to a bowl and mix well. Leave to stand for about 15 minutes to allow the desiccated coconut to absorb some of the liquid.

in a separate bowl sieve in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg before pouring in the liquid courgettes and coconut mixture. Add the chocolate chips/stem ginger if using. Stir well and pour into the prepared baking tin.

while the cake is baking make the coconut, chocolate ganache icing. Heat the coconut milk until just before boiling point. Take off the heat and break in the chocolate. Stir until melted in and glossy, then stir in the rum (if using) followed by the desiccated coconut. Leave to cool completely before using.

the cake is ready when an inserted skewer comes out clean.

leave to cool for a few minutes in the tin before turning out and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack. 




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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Courgettes are everywhere! The No Dig Garden Diaries

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Courgettes are everywhere! The No Dig Garden Diaries at De Tout Coeur Limousin


After the recent heavy hailstones and stormy weather here I thought the courgettes had been killed off, however this week they have come back in abundance! After a short period of self repair they sprouted new leaves and flowers, the bees did their work, and the courgettes are back, and if possible even better than before!  

So far we are working through our repertoire of courgette recipes, from roasted courgettes, to courgette cake (which was a hit with our singing guests today), raw courgette grated into salads, quickly sauteed in butter and herbs, and tonight; slow roasted courgettes and caramelised onions which I will stir into pasta when they are soft and melting, and top with a sprinkling of grated cheese. Yum! Please feel free to get in touch and share your favourite courgette recipes too, it's always interesting to hear what other people are cooking. 

In other news the potimarron are also starting to sprawl across the garden. I also feared they wouldn't survive the storms but it looks like they are hardier than I thought. 

The first tomato ripened, and we ceremoniously enjoyed half each with a pinch of salt. It was just delicious; perfumed and sweet. Looking forward to a few more over the coming months. 

The next lot of seeds have now gone in for later summer crops too. Pak choi, which is one of my favourite vegetables, and quite difficult to find locally, and a few radish, beetroot and spinach beet. I have planted the quick growing radish in between the tomato plants, as they don't take up much room and will be ready in about a month or so. 

The cabbage butterflies seem to have moved on to other pastures, and the cabbages are slowly making a recovery. 

Now, off to don my long gardening gloves and get back into the courgette patch to cut a few for dinner.

Keep in touch for more news and no dig garden updates here at De Tout Coeur Limousin. 



 


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Monday, 26 June 2017

A weekend of singing, sunshine and the sounds of Africa

A wonderful weekend of singing, sunshine and the beautiful sounds of African music drifting through the rural French countryside. 

Last weekend we were joined here at De Tout Coeur Limousin by musicians and workshop leaders Ali Bullivent and Jane Muller, all the way from sunny Wakefield in the UK. As well as running workshops and performing across the UK, Ali and Jane are also members of the Imba Basi Band, performing original acoustic music influenced by Southern Africa and the West.

As part of Fete de la Musique week their mini tour in the Limousin heard Ali and Jane perform on local Radio Vassivere, La Cabane de la Plage at Broussas beach, Potron Minet in Eymoutiers and a final performance and African singing workshop here at De Tout Coeur Limousin.

A wonderful, joyous and uplifting weekend of music and friendship. Looking forward to next time. To keep up to date with our upcoming events and workshops please get in touch at de2coeur@gmail.com 

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