We have loads of home grown produce around at the moment. From a small number of tomato plants we have grown many kilos of tomatoes and they keep on coming. We didn’t grow these squash and courgettes ourselves, they were gifts from different friends, all of whom seem to have a glut of them this year. Lucky for us!
We haven’t done so well with our apples. Our best apple tree had to be removed to make way for the new fosse septique, leaving us with just one that we have “rescued”. It was squashed in amongst lots of other weed trees and bushes that were overcrowding it when we bought the house so we cleared them all out to give it room to thrive. By early July it had loads of apples on it but then we had a spell of really hot weather and the tree suffered badly, most of the apples falling off before they were ripe, becoming food for the critters. The few in the picture above are our full crop for the year as there are no more on the tree.
We may be short of apples but we have plenty of donated courgettes - although I thought these looked more like small marrows. They made me remember the stuffed marrow dish my mum used to make. Each summer my dad would proudly produce a couple of giant marrows and she would fill thick slices of them with a stuffing of minced beef and onion cooked in Oxo gravy, smother them with cheese sauce and bake them in the oven. Delicious!
However, on checking the contents of our fridge I discovered a glut of other bits and bobs that were also in need of using up. My brother and his daughter came to stay with us in early August and we predictably overbought on food, not allowing for the number of days we were likely to eat out – not to mention the food shopping they did themselves to add to the haul.
My brother and his daughter both enjoy cooking and after they had gone home I found a few interesting things in the fridge that they had bought but never got round to cooking. Including two packs of halloumi.
I don’t think I have ever eaten halloumi, certainly I have never bought any or cooked with it. But, along with my glut of tomatoes, a pack of smoked salmon trimmings, some grated Emmental and the large courgettes, an idea of what to do with them all started to form. I was thinking of a blog post from our friends who gave us the courgettes and the link to a recipe for something called “zucchini boats”. You can read it here.
So it turns out that I made something totally new and delicious that I didn’t have to shop for, never really planned, and I will definitely be making again!
2½ large courgettes
1 pack (183g) halloumi, diced
6 medium tomatoes, diced
half a pack (125g) smoked salmon trimmings
a few handfuls of grated Emmental cheese
Put on a large pan of water to boil. Wipe clean two of the courgettes, slice in half lengthways and remove the seeds. (I scooped them out with a melon baller.)
Put the oven on to heat up to 200°C / 180° fan.
Drop the courgette halves carefully into the boiling water and cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove and drain.
Dice the remaining half of a large courgette (or a smaller one) and put into a large bowl. Add the diced tomatoes and halloumi. Season with salt and pepper, mix together well and stir through the smoked salmon trimmings. I also added a pinch of the little pack of herbs and spices that came with the cheese.
Arrange the courgette halves in a suitable ovenproof dish. Pile the stuffing ingredients into them and sprinkle over the Emmental. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the topping is nicely browned and bubbling.
Serve with a green salad. Serves two. Gluten free.