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Monthly Archive: September 2010

Courgette and Mushroom Gratin


We had the usual glut of courgettes this year and I have used some of them in this recipe, given to me by Marie, my Yoga teacher.

3 table spoons of olive oil

2 medium Courgettes thickly sliced

3 large flat mushrooms sliced

4 large ripe tomatoes sliced

2 teaspoons of dried Oregano

3oz grated cheese

Pre-heat the oven to 200. Heat the oil in a pan and add the sliced courgettes and mushrooms and cook through for a few minutes until golden. Add the tomatoes and heat through. Arrange the mixture in a baking dish and sprinkle over the oregano and cheese. Season to taste. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove the foil and finish off under the grill. I have tried this replacing the cheese with Carbonara sauce. It is lovely. Thanks Marie.

Overwintering Cabbage


We have sown seeds of two overwintering cabbages. Spring Hero F1 Hybrid and Durham Early. Both sets of seeds have germinated successfully and have been pricked out into bigger pots

A ballhead cabbage, Spring Hero has good frost hardiness and forms solid heads from late April through to May.

Durham Early produces firm, pointed, well flavoured hearts.