Courgette/Zucchini is one of my favourite Summer vegetables. They may look like cucumbers but taste far from alike. They even come from different families: courgette comes from cucurbita which is in the same family of pumpkin, Summer squash, and Winter squash, while cucumber comes from cucumis (sativus cultivars). I just love courgette for ratatouille, stuffed, or stir-fried.
Courgette is a very generous plant. When they love the soil with lots of manure and sun, they'll grow very quickly and will produce more than you can expect to supply your needs. Their flowers are also usually used for wrapping or stuffing. We are highly likely going to be enjoying the menu of courgettes in weeks!
Earlier in Summer, I harvested my garlic which I planted around the roses (a little bit earlier than last year's). It is said that garlic can prevent diseases for roses and also will enhance their fragrance. Since I have scented roses, I thought it would be good to plant garlic around the roses while they can act as guardians for them.
While many of you are enjoying the warmth of woolly jumper and a sip of chocolate drink, we're celebrating the festive of heat in New Zealand with iced drinks and thin layer of clothes. We had had rain yesterday but it was not that heavy, and today it is sunny again. I am sending this as an entry for Grow Your Own, hosted by Andrea of Andrea's Recipes.
Garlic and Courgette Spaghetti
You may find that my recipe is very basic, but I do believe that less is more. The addition of runny yolk from the soft poached home-produced eggs is something we love on our pasta cooked like this. I sometimes add some chopped basil or oregano to the mixture when tossed with spaghetti, since courgette is pretty bland. However, feel free to modify as to your liking.
400g spaghetti, cooked as instructed,
2 courgettes, grated,
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped,
salt and pepper,
Heat the oil in the frying pan, cook the garlic until fragrant but not brown. Add in grated courgettes, cook for two minutes or until the courgettes are going to soften. Remove from the oven. Toss with the cooked spaghetti and some cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining cheese. We eat them with soft poached eggs. Makes 4.