Friday afternoon and I couldn't think what to make. The veg drawer contained mainly carrots, courgettes and mushrooms. Deciding not to take too many risks, I avoided the mushrooms and decided to see if I could do something new with the courgettes.
First I wanted something different with the carbs also, and we've had a lot of pasta and rice, and we don't often have a lot of bread in the house, so I got out the bag of red potatoes and using my Bamix SliceSy I made thin slices of potato. I steamed them in the microwave for 5 mins and then tipped them into a baking dish. I got not-so Littl'Un to spread them out, season with salt and pepper, cover with milk and cream and dot with butter. We then put them in a preheated oven and let them cook while we got on with the courgette transformation.
Now I chopped up half a pack of streaky bacon and got that frying in a pan. I finely chopped a couple of shallots (because I had them from earlier than the onions - one onion would have been fine also!) and added those to the bacon once it had started browning.
Swapping cutters, I got Big'Un to grate the courgettes in the SliceSy and once the bacon and shallots were cooked the way I like (brown and almost crispy bacon, soft and translucent shallot) we tipped in the grated courgettes, seasoned it all with black pepper, and stirred well. I lowered the flame and allowed it to simmer with the lid on until it eventually turned to almost mush. At this point, I added the thicker cream which was still stuck to the pot after adding the liquid double cream to the potatoes, and a good dollop of butter. Finally, just before serving, I chucked in a good handful of grated cheese and waited for it to melt completely, after stirring it through.
The whole meal was a masterpiece!! Everyone wanted more, and even Tiny didn't patronise me when I called it "cheesy bacon vegetables" - he didn't seem to clock that it was courgettes this time!!!