101/1001 (4)

15 Apr
This is courgette (also known as a zucchini).

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The challenge is going well: I’m doing everything I normally do like watching films and walking the dogs, but I get to cross things off my list by doing them, so that makes me feel good.


I read two books this week, you’ll be pleased to hear: The Judy Annual 1970 and the The Bunty Annual 1979.  I picked them up at a car boot sale last Sunday for 50p.  I wish I could get hold of a Mandy annual: that was my favourite childhood comic; though I did like The Bunty for the cut-out Bunty and her clothes. 


I was stupid this week (I know what you’re thinking; no need to write it in comments.) (Are you listening, Hub?).  Earlybird mentioned courgettes on her blog so I mentioned how horrible I found them when I once ate them.  Now she has made me add Taste a courgette to my list.  She thinks I will like them next time around.  Just because she is a fabulous cook doesn’t mean my taste buds have become sophisticated, but a promise to a friend is a pain in the backside to be honoured.  Thanks, Earlybird.  Maybe I can repay the favour by forcing cauliflower on you.  Yuk.  Worse than courgettes…oh…no need to say anything, Earlybird; I’m on it.


Taste cauliflower again.


I’m now oneandahalf hours ahead in the dog walking challenge, thanks to a couple of young visitors staying here this week.  Yesterday’s walk at two hours fifty minutes had me and the dogs flat out for the rest of the day.  I’m getting far too old for all this exercise.  Maybe I should give the dogs away.  Maybe they should give me away.


Fifteen poems this week: I love Napowrimo.  (Shameless plug alert) You can check them out at my poetry blog.  This week’s highlights: cannibals, vomit and dead grandmas.

Don’t forget to go see how Sarsm is doing with her challenge.





25 Responses to “101/1001 (4)”

  1. Slowvelder April 15, 2011 at 08:51 #

    I really think that trying corgettes and cauliflower is a good idea. I never liked them as a child and love them now – it’s all in the preparation


  2. Cindy April 15, 2011 at 08:58 #

    Courgettes and cauliflower rock! I’m hungry now 🙂


    • Tilly Bud April 15, 2011 at 09:39 #

      If I cut them, will they have ‘Johannesburg’ in pink letters all the way through?


  3. vivinfrance April 15, 2011 at 09:08 #

    Courgettes: you probably tasted them overcooked to a watery nothingness. Sliced thickly and fried for a very few minutes in a hot pan, served with a squeeze of lemon juice, they are delicious. The other ways I like them are raw in a salad (ditto cauliflower sprigs), or layered in a casserole dish with sliced onions and red peppers, covered with grated cheddar and baked in the oven (gratinée)


  4. earlybird April 15, 2011 at 09:13 #

    Sounds like you’re doing well there Tilly. We’ll work on a really tasty (and easy) courgette recipe for you… I can give you cauliflower recipes too if you like 🙂 (I once read somewhere that if a child didn’t like something they had to try it 17 times before they’d get used to and even like it so there’s a way to go yet)

    Very impressed about you being ahead on the dog walking challenge.

    Keep it up!


    • Tilly Bud April 15, 2011 at 09:42 #

      Oh, you dared to show your face, did you? I want a word with you – all these readers are backing you up…encouraging me…one even gave me cooking tips, as if she’d never met me before…What’s that about??

      I like the recipe idea: trying three new recipes is one of my challenges.

      Thanks xx


  5. musings April 15, 2011 at 09:20 #

    Congratulations on meeting your challeges! Have a perfect Friday tomorrow!


    • Tilly Bud April 15, 2011 at 09:43 #

      I will, thank you! In fact, I’ve already started 🙂


  6. Pseu April 15, 2011 at 17:19 #

    Courgette and Lemon Soup

    2 tbsp olive oil
    25g butter
    2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
    900g courgettes, chopped
    800ml chicken or veg stock
    sea salt and black pepper
    1 lemon, zested and juiced.

    In lge saucepan, heat olive oil and butter.
    Add Garlic, onion and courgettes and saute for 10 mins on med head, without browning.
    Add stock and season. Bring to the boil.
    Turn down and simmer for 10 mins.
    Remove from heat and, using a hand-held blender, blitz until smooth. Add the lemon zest and juice, and stir through.

    Delicious !


    • Tilly Bud April 15, 2011 at 18:33 #

      Is every visitor courgette mad?

      Thank you for your delishusssounding recipe 🙂


      • Pseu April 15, 2011 at 19:09 #

        Particularly nice with those yellow skinned courgettes. 🙂 Honestly.


  7. nrhatch April 15, 2011 at 19:00 #

    Courgettes, a/k/a zucchini, are good for you, Tilly:

    The zucchini fruit is low in calories (approximately 15 food calories per 100 g fresh zucchini) and contains useful amounts of folate (24 mcg/100 g), potassium (280 mg/100 g) and vitamin A (384 IU [115 mcg]/100 g.

    1/2 cup of zucchini also contains 19% of the recommended amount of manganese.

    Here’s one of my favorite ways to prepare:


    • Tilly Bud April 15, 2011 at 19:36 #

      I am a great vegetable eater but we all have our limits. However, a promise is a promise so I will give your recipe a go and thank you kindly for it 🙂


    • nrhatch April 15, 2011 at 19:53 #

      We all have unique tastes and tastebuds, Tilly. I was razzing you along with the rest of them. Don’t feel compelled to abandon your judgement and discernment for ours. 😛

      I, for one, do not like eggplant/aubergine. I’ve tried it at least 17 times and I still dislike it.

      I would not like it in a box
      I would not like it with a fox
      Not in a train, not in a tree
      I’ve decided to let eggplant just be


      • Tilly Bud April 16, 2011 at 07:36 #

        A wise decision, Nancy.

        I love Dr Seuss so you have brightened my day, thank you.

        Thanks for the razzing; it was fun 🙂 And I love that word; I’ve never heard it before.


  8. sarsm April 16, 2011 at 08:16 #

    I like courgettes too. And aubergines 🙂

    I like mine best griddled, with a little oil (same with aubergine) or in a salad. So I’m with Viv on this one.

    Congrats on the dog walking and the book reading!!


  9. Chloe April 16, 2011 at 18:03 #

    Hey Tilly – okay, please forgive my stupidity…but I do not really ‘get’ your references to the numbers in red…this little Mancunian needs some help. Help! xx


    • Tilly Bud April 23, 2011 at 00:31 #

      Hi Chloe.

      They refer to partially completed tasks so, for example, I aim to read 30 books in the next 1001 days and so far I’ve read three.

      Hope that helps!


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