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Courgette broad bean and pea gnocchi with crème fraiche and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese

July 11, 2022

Loosely based on a recipe from Riverford. [see Courgette broad bean and pea gnocchi]


  • broad beans
  • peas
  • garlic clove
  • courgette
  • olive oil or rapeseed oil
  • potato gnocchi
  • white wine
  • crème fraîche
  • Lincolnshire Poacher cheese
  • salt and pepper to season


  • Pod the peas and broad beans.
  • Peel and finely chop garlic clove.
  • Trim the ends away from the courgette. Slice lengthways in half, then again into quarters. Cut each quarter into pieces, roughly the same size as the gnocchi.
  • Splash of oil in a hot frying pan, add the sliced courgette. Season with a little salt and pepper and fry over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes, until starting to soften.
  • Whilst the courgette cooking, pan of water up to a rolling boil, cook broad beans for about five minutes. Fish out the broad beans to add to the frying pan.
  • Drop the gnocchi in the pot of boiling water. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Gnocchi float to the surface when cooked.
  • While the gnocchi cooks, add the white wine, garlic, peas and broad beans to the courgette. Let the wine simmer and reduce until almost gone. Remove the pan from the heat, add and stir in the crème fraiche and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese.
  • When cooked the gnocchi will float to the surface. Fish out and add to the frying pan. Mix well. Add a little salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve.


Tasty and creamy.

Crème fraiche and Lincolnshire Poacher cheese a good combination.

I should have used more peas and broad beans, less gnocchi.

Courgette bland. Needed more seasoning whilst cooking.

I had wished to use fresh courgettes from the garden (currently only in flower) but when ready, broad beans will probably be over.

Last year I allowed courgettes to grow too large. This year I am watching every day. Flowers, but no courgettes.

Planting out sweetcorn tomatoes squash courgette

June 29, 2022

I picked up sweetcorn plants yesterday, other plants a few days ago.

Yesterday the gardener cleared a border, cut the hedge. The ground cleared, somewhere for the plants to grow.

Digging down the depth of a trowel, I could not believe how dry the soil, more like dust.

Each hole filled with compost. Dug out again, plants planted.

Then watered in. Watered around the plants to soak the dry soil.

Chunky tomato, courgette and basil soup

October 1, 2010

‘All my soup recipes are determined by what veg is in store at the time and after a year of getting to know good veg combos through lots of soup making – I go with instinct on amounts. but, basically if you soften an onion, have a couple of litres of good veg stock, and 2 or three types of complimenting veggies and some fresh herbs , that’s a good start – then experiment!’ — Hakan, Grocer and Grain


one onion
tomatoes (or two tins of chopped tomatoes)
two courgettes
two potatoes
two carrots
dried basil or Italian herbs
vegetable stock


As with previous Grocer and Grain seasonal autumn soups saute a chopped onion until translucent.

Add the courgettes, potatoes, carrots – chop all and stir for a while.

Add some garlic, good few pinches of dried basil/ italian herbs.

Add fresh ripe tomatoes (or two tins of tomatoes), stir.

Add pinch of chilli flakes if wanted.

Add two litres of vegetable stock and simmer for half hour.

Liquidise and serve.

Should serve four.

Many thanks to Hakan of Grocer and Grain in Brighton for sharing this recipe for autumn soup using fresh seasonal vegetables.

also see

Sweet potato and butternut squash soup

Grocer and Grain rootsy vegetable soup

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