Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

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Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Postby Primrose » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:27 am

Goodness peter, that,s a great crop! You'll be able to keep the whole street supplied if there,s another lockdown.

On a practical front what are your favourite ways of using them up?
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Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Postby Chantal » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:29 am

Do you eat all of that lot Peter? Or do you have cunning floral displays featuring squash too? :lol:
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Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Postby Primrose » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:35 am

Oops ...reply disappeared so reposting. That,s a terrific crop Peter. You'll be able to keep the whole street supplied if there,s another lockdown but i bet half of them have probably never tried eating wiNter squashes.

Do you have some favourite recipes for using them up? My main dilemma with the bigger varieties like Crown Prince, which i love, is being able to use it up quickly enough without the quality deteriorating, when there are only two of us.
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Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:30 pm

What a wonderful selection, Peter....
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Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Postby peter » Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:15 pm

Primrose wrote:Goodness peter, that,s a great crop! You'll be able to keep the whole street supplied if there,s another lockdown.

On a practical front what are your favourite ways of using them up?


I do gift some :)

Soup!
One big squash.
A couple of pounds of: onions, potatoes, carrots.
Packet of "cooking" bacon, aka slicer remnants.
Chicken breasts diced, optional.
Spices, garlic, herbs to choice.
Slice & fry onions and bacon.
Peel, dice or chop veg and add to pan.
Add enough stock to give everything and simmer till cooked.
Wife and I prefer it as is, daughter uses stick blender.
Peeling the squash is the dangerous bit as some are very woody when raw.

Smaller ones halve, deseed and bake as;
    "gravy boats" with roast dinner
    Bowls to bake off with a filling/stuffing plus cheese as a final topping for others - I loathe cooked cheese.
    scrape out for a mashed squash.
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Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Postby peter » Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:41 pm

The butternut I chose for today's soup worked out just shy of 4 &1/2lb of chunks, cooked with 3lb of onions, 3 chicken breasts and pack of cooking bacon(3 X 1/2 inch chops!), plus spuds, spring onions, an uncloved (like a leek) elephant garlic, carrots, stock and 1&1/2 kettles of boiling water.
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Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Postby Primrose » Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:38 pm

That looks like a pretty healthy and filling meal, ideally suitable for the time of year.
I imagine that big soup pan gets plenty of use this time of year!
Every vegetable plot owner needs one !
No point in making enough for just one day but I find after two days I,ve had enough of any kind of reheatable meal and need a change. Does any body else feel the same or can some of you keep going with the same bowl of soup for several days?.

I know in my grandmother,s time the same soup pot was kept on the go for days with new ingredients being added every day to top up the contents up.
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Re: Late Summer Bits and Bobs.

Postby robo » Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:07 pm

.give me a pan of pea whack that’s pea and ham for those that don’t know ,every time you warm it up it thickens I love it on cold days with a couple of rounds of toast ,but it’s advisable to stand up wind of some one who had a bowl full the day before
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