Is there anything you can’t add lemon to?
Alen suggested soup to use up my inadvertent marrows (see previous post). Yes, I thought, I can freeze that, let’s have a go. I did have some doubts as the ageing courgettes become fibrous and don’t have the same flavour as when they are babies. So I tried onion, marrow, and chicken stock – adding lemon peel while simmering, and lemon juice at the end to keep the flavour as fresh as possible. A few whizzes later – summer soup. I like the pale yellow, and think it will be quite pleasant, especially with a little dribble of cream and maybe some fine herbs.
I also made some chutney based on Marguerite Patten’s recipes. I was feeling impatient and didn’t chop everything down fine or cook it very much, so it will be quite munchy. It stayed a nice colour too. I didn’t put lemon in this, but I could have.
Ok, that’s three marrows used, two given away, three waiting in the basket and a lot of surreptitious swelling going on in the veg patch. It’s surprising what even our fitful English sun can do, given the chance.