“That’s the only way I’ll eat a courgette”

Oh, blessed child. My small girl really knows what she likes. Or doesn’t. And will she ever make it pretty clear which is which. Like about a year ago, when she announced “I don’t do cheese anymore.” It has become clear that my youngest may be almost as stubborn as I am.

She can be a bit of a fusspot, but I do try to stick to keeping all our meals the same. She can eat the bits she likes, and get over it. Alas, I  have to admit, she does manage to cross her arms, furrow her brow and get her own way on occasion.

A few weeks ago, dinner contained some crisp grilled courgettes. Her Royalness refused point blank to pass a single bite between her tightly pursed little lips. Then I was informed that if I put the courgettes into cake, I’d be in luck.  “That’s the only way I’ll eat a courgette”.

Well, duh! There’s sugar and chocolate involved!

Today I am laid up on the sofa, too ill to go into work. Unfortunately, I will be invaded by 4 children at some stage this afternoon, and they will be ravenous.  So while I had a smidge of energy this morning, I grabbed the grater and knocked up a couple loaves. I do love this recipe, as it is fast, easy, and I usually have everything in stock.

I bet Roo will even let me kiss her when she has a gander at these bad boys!

Courgette Bread

3 cups (750g) flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3 tsp cinnamon

3 eggs

1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil

2 1/4 cups ( 560 g) sugar

3 tsp vanilla

2 cups (500g) grated courgette

chopped nuts/chocolate chips


Grease a large loaf pan, or 2 smaller ones. Preheat oven to 165.

Sift flour, salt baking powder and soda, cinnamon into a good size bowl, as all the mixing will be done in it. In a second bowl, beat eggs and add in the oil, vanilla,and sugar. Plop this gloopy mix into the dry ingredients and mix. Now fold in the courgette, and nuts and or chocolate. It will probably not surprise you to know which my little cherub prefers.

Pop it into the oven for 45 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the loaf pans. When they are done, they’ll be a lovely golden brown, and a skewer will come out clean.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Courgette (Zucchini) Bread

Courgette (Zucchini) Bread



Now, if I can just manage to hold myself together until this evening, I am really keen to use my leftover roast lamb and try ‘Save With Jamie’s’ lamb pastilla. I may need a nap first.


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