Saturday, 19 August 2006

Marrow Boats

Hello Lovelies,

I have had the most amazing break, but I did miss blogging. Just as well that I have plenty to catch up on here…

Stuffed Marrow

Marrow is one of those things that I have convinced myself that I Do Not Like. Perhaps the courgettyness of them? I was pleasantly surprised to find that I do indeed Like It when my Aunt served it while I was staying with her. She gave one to me as we left, so I determined to find myself a recipe. She had cut it into napkin-ring like pieces, and filled them with a tomato and onion mixture which was rather delicious. But this is how I did mine:

Preheat the oven to somewhere about 175 oC.

Take a marrow, and slice it in half, so you have two long marrow boats.

Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and core. Then lightly prick the flesh with a fork. (I am not sure why, but a similar recipe said to do this, so I did).

In a frying pan, brown a chopped onion, and then some lean steak mince. Stir in a goodly sprinkling of dried mixed herbs, and then a tin of chopped tomatoes. Add a pinch of sugar to take away the ‘tinniness’ of the tomatoes.

Spoon the mixture into the marrow boats.

Place the marrow boats on a baking tray, cover loosely with foil, and bake for about 45 minutes (I have a fan oven, so if you don’t, try about an hour).

Whiz together in a food mixer (oh, how I love my Multiquick!) a slice of wholemeal bread, a chunk of cheddar, and a pinch of mustard powder.

Take the marrow out of the oven, remove the foil, and sprinkle this mixture over the two marrow boats.

Bake for a further ten minutes, and then enjoy.

I am going to try this with pork mince and stilton cheese….and perhaps turkey mince and Cajun spices also. I like it when a recipe is open to interpretation!


judypatooote said...

Is marrow like a squash? I never heard of it......

Mimi said...

Oohh, marrows are ODD things. They confuse me a bit. They are like an overgrown courgette, which in America is called a zucchini. Although I thought they were the same thing (a giant zucchini and a marrow) apparently they are technically different, while looking and tasting the same to the untrained eye!