At the beginning of July DH and I decided to start a vegetable garden. It was bit late but we've got a few things growing and tomorrow I'll be harvesting our first courgette. The conservatory is now a greenhouse with tomatoes, peppers, chillies, cucumber and even a melon plant.
Next year I'll be better organised and start earlier. I'm hoping to grow a crop of salad leaves all winter but don't know how successful that'll be.
ETA: This is the receipe that I used with our first courgette and it was very nice.
Spaghetti with courgette & cherry tomato sauce
200g cherry tomatoes 1 courgette trimmed 350g dried spaghetti frylight or one cal 1 garlic clove peeled & crushed 1 bunch of basil stalks removed 2 tbsp very low fat natural fromage frais 6 spring onions finely sliced salt & freshly ground black pepper basil leaves to garnish
Finely chop half the cherry tomatoes. Cut the rest in half & reserve. Coarsely grate the courgette & squeeze out the excess liquid & set aside. Cook spaghetti. Whilst pasta is cooking heat frylight, add garlic & courgette & cook gently for 3-4 mins stirring frequently. Add halved tomatoes & cook for 2-3 mins. In the meantime roughly chop the basil & place in a bowl with the fromage frais, spring onions & chopped cherry tomatoes. Serve in warmed bowls & garnish with basil leaves.
This recipe comes from an OOP Slimming World book called Fast Food and is one of our favourites.