Posts Tagged 'chorizo'

Creative cooking with Courgettes (Zucchini)

Since taking on an allotment plot in May this year we’ve now started to enjoy lots of fresh produce. I grew 8 courgette plants from seed – 50% too many I think! We’ve had masses of courgettes so have being trying all kinds of recipes to use them up. Here are some of the results…

Suffed Courgettes – not my favourite way of eating courgette, I think these look nicer than they tasted. The recipe used ricotta cheese as the base which was a bit bland for me. Too fiddly.

Stuffed Courgettes

Stuffed Courgettes

These, on the other hand, were scrummy. I love savoury muffins and these are packed with flavour – diced courgette and red pepper, brie, cheddar and chorizo. Packed with calories too!.

Courgette, Red Pepper, Brie and Chorizo Muffins

Courgette, Red Pepper, Brie and Chorizo Muffins

This cake recipe is so easy, I’ve made four already! I’ve tried freezing it and it works really well. The texture and flavourings are similar to carrot cake – a very satisfying eat. The recipe is from ‘Bake’ by Rachel Allen (it’s actually called courgette/zucchini bread). You can find the recipe at Maine{iac} Baker.

Courgette and Walnut Cake

Courgette and Walnut Cake

Another muffin recipe, grated courgette and sesame seeds – not as tasty as the other ones but really good instead of bread to eat with cold meats and cheese (and homemade courgette chutney!).

Courgette and Sesame Seed Muffins

Courgette and Sesame Seed Muffins

Mr Sock made this excellent courgette and cheese bread. It should have been a plait but unfortunately by the time the oven was free for it to get baked, it had spread itself across the whole tin! Not a bad thing, we had long thin slices rather than short round ones.

Cheesy Courgette Bread

Cheesy Courgette Bread

We’ve also had them griddled with a coating of olive oil and seasoning, as fritters, in roasted veg tray bakes, as an alternative to aubergine in moussaka (that was very delicious – I like it better), thin strips raw in salads, I’ve even made spicy courgette chutney which goes very nicely with Indian foods.

If anyone has other suggestions please share them as the courgettes are still growing 🙂



All this cold weather calls for a bit of comfort food baking. I love making muffins as they’re so quick and easy.  So yesterday I mixed up a batch of savoury muffins – Spicy Chorizo & Red Pepper.

We sampled the first ones about 5 minutes after they came out of the oven – very satisfyingly delicious they were too!

The recipe is from ‘1 mix, 50 muffins’ and goes like this:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C/400 degrees F/Gas 6 & put 12 muffin cases into a muffin tray.

Sift the following dry ingredients together:

280g plain flour – 1tbsp baking powder – 1/4 tsp salt – 1 tsp paprika

Finely chop & add to the above:

1 small red pepper  – 100g chorizo (without skin)

Lightly beat together:

2 eggs – 250ml buttermilk – 6 tbsp sunflower oil – 1 crushed garlic clove

Stir gently into the dry ingredients until combined – do not over-mix.

Spoon into cases, bake for about 20mins until well risen & golden.

Let cool for 5 mins then sprinkle with paprika and tuck in 🙂

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