How do I make the most of courgettes and marrows?
OK marrows are sometimes more water than flavour, but they can replace courgettes in many recipes. First up are those recipes that I think fit into the 'come again?' category, like this marrow cake and raisin-flecked courgette cake. Then there's the 'you what?' of courgette chocolate cake - apparently a good way to get kids to eat their greens (by way of lots of chocolate...hmmm...).
Marrow fritters are another great way to squash marrow into dishes. If that doesn't tempt you, there's always soup - chill it and serve with goats' milk yoghurt or try a heartier soup like this creamy marrow concoction. Delia suggests either baking or frying her courgette and potato cakes, while the NotDelia site recommends more things to do with courgettes - though not as silly as these five things to do with a marrow!
There was talk of marrow chutney on the messageboard this week. Ginger marrow jam is one way to go. Or what about courgette pickle?
Stuffing is another option - I've stuffed two marrows so far this summer. Hollow out the middle, bake the marrow halves for a bit, then stuff them. I used a homemade tomato sauce, sprinkled polenta and parmesan on top of mine and baked them some more - lovely. A spiced lamb or beef mince stuffing also does the trick - I like Nigel Slater's twist on this classic. Antony Worrall Thompson has two suggestions for stuffing marrow in one recipe. And I've just been salivating over this stunning-looking vegetarian Koussa mehshi (Lebanese stuffed marrow).
And if all that isn't enough to keep you entertained, perhaps Kenneth William's marrow song will do the trick!
Ramona Andrews is the host of the BBC Food Q&A blog and messageboard.