Nine-year-old Icare (voiced by Gaspard Schlatter), who answers to the nickname Courgette
, lives in a sparsely furnished attic room.
4 Chop any remaining courgette
up finely and put into a small saucepan.
PENNE GIARDINIERA (serves 6) INGREDIENTS SPINACH BALLS 100g breadcrumbs - dry 2 eggs 1/2 garlic clove very finely chopped 50g finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano Ground black pepper to taste Salt to taste Nutmeg - very small pinch 300g cooked spinach Olive oil for shallow frying PASTA 120g butter 30g red chillies finely chopped 3 medium courgettes
finely grated 4 garlic cloves finely chopped 250g freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano 750g largest penne METHOD 1.
GRILLED BABY COURGETTES WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA VERDE (Serves 1) INGREDIENTS 2 baby courgettes
, sliced in half, lengthways 1/4tsp Chinese five-spice powder 1tsp rapeseed oil 1 small handful of coriander, finely chopped, to garnish For the Pineapple Salsa Verde: 1 shallot, crushed, peeled and finely chopped 50g pineapple, finely chopped 1tsp freshly grated and peeled root ginger 1/2 green cayenne chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1/2 red cayenne chilli, seeds, finely chopped 1 spring onion, topped, tailed, sliced lengthways and finely chopped 2tsp rapeseed oil 2tsp low-sodium light soy sauce or tamari 3tbsp lime juice METHOD 1.
Cook the courgettes
for 5 mins until golden around the edges, then remove from the pan and set aside.
serves four) Takes 20 minutes to make, 45 minutes to cook, plus chilling INGREDIENTS 400g shortcrust pastry Plain flour for dusting 350g (2 medium) courgettes
1 tbsp olive oil Knob of butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, finely diced Small bunch of fresh thyme, leaves picked 150ml double cream 1 large free-range egg, plus 2 egg yolks 130g mature Cheddar, grated METHOD 1.
But there is 7% growth in courgette
consumption among the 0-5s.
are mostly water - great if you're trying to control your calorie intake - but they pack in some nutrients too, like vitamin C and potassium.
5 Pour off any cooking juices and add them to the pan with the chopped courgette
For the sea bass: 4 large fillets sustainable sea bass A little olive oil Maldon salt and freshlyground pepper For the courgette
salad: 4 large courgettes
(yellow or green, or both) 500g frozen peas 1 x 250g tub fresh soft Ricotta cheese A little Extra-Virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic Maldon salt A small handful of fresh basil Extras: A suitable peeler or mandolin Ice cubes Method: First, finely mince the garlic and cook gently in a little olive oil until soft and slightly golden.
One vegetable that is making a bit of a resurgence nowadays is the courgette
It includes this recipe for a courgette
tart: ingredients 400g small courgettes
, with flowers attached if possible, or 3 medium courgettes
; sea salt; 2 medium eggs; 75g plain flour; 125ml semiskimmed milk; 3 thin sliced spring onions; 1 crushed garlic clove; 50g thin sliced Parma ham, cut in 2cm strips; 50g fine grated Parmesan; virgin olive oil; flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper method?
Serve these quick and easy courgette
pancakes as a vegetarian starter, topped with a fresh tomato salsa, or grilled halloumi and a sprinkle of chopped mint.
and asparagus risotto with pine nuts, basil, mint and Lemon Serves 6 Ingredients 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 450g medium courgettes
, thinly sliced 400g fresh asparagus spears, tough stalks removed, cut into 2.
INGREDIENTS 1 small cauliflower, broken into florets 1tsp (heaped) coconut oil 2 shallots, finely diced 1 large carrot, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, grated 1cm piece of fresh ginger, grated Handful of raisins Handful of toasted flaked almonds Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the ras el hanout: 1tsp (heaped) ground cumin 1tsp ground coriander 1tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp allspice 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg For the roasted figs: 2 ripe figs 1tsp coconut oil Drizzle of agave nectar Pomegranate molasses Salt To garnish: 1tsp (heaped) quick preserved lemons (recipe below) Creamy courgette
dip (recipe below) METHOD Preheat the oven to 180.