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From Soil to Table: September

Posted by Rosemary Jeboo on Thursday, September 17, 2015 Under: Gardening
September had a brief dalliance with the hot weather then the rains came.  

This is a good month to forage and collect all those blackberries and sloes which can be left in gin or vodka to produce the most beautiful liqueur for Christmas.  One should not overlook the herbs such as meadowsweet, comfrey and nettle.  They provide a source of refreshing tea or in the case of comfrey a treatment for pulled muscles.  Foraging reminds one of the healing effects of nature.  

I have chosen the bulbs that I want to be in my garden in spring namely Iris reticulate and anemone blanda blue flowered.  These two will flower in March and lift one’s spirits when the weather is bleak.

September sees a glut of courgettes and vegetables. Do try this courgette cake recipe as I have been making it every day for the past two weeks.

  • 150grams grated courgettes
  • 125 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 250 grams self raising flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 grams sugar (or more for a sweet tooth)

Whisk eggs, sugar and oil together.  Fold in flour and courgettes and bake gas mark 4 for one hour.

Also courgettes can be roasted with miso sauce to make a delicious side dish.  Cut courgettes into 2 cm chunks and roast.  Add sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and some spinach.  Serve with 2 limes cut into wedges and a handful of fresh coriander. Pour the miso sauce over this for a heavenly taste.  The miso sauce can be made by using 3 tablespoons of miso paste and adding 2 teaspoons of rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 3 tablespoons of honey.

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