Of all my accomplishments, the fact we managed to grow a truly gigantic marrow is right up there with the best. However, it weighed in at7lb 2 which I understand is not actually a world record, nevermind there’s another huge marrow on it’s way too!
So, what was I to do with so much marrow? G doesn’t actually eat marrow, the cat certainly doesn’t eat marrow and that just leaves me, I love marrow. Just to show how enamored I was with our marrow, which we named Brandon Brown, G kindly grabbed this quick snap, I’m not pregnant by the way.
I started surfing around online for some inspiration and quickly realized how easy it would be to make a delicious marrow and lentil bake, plus it would serve as lunch for the next few days – Winning.
I love recipes like this because they are so easy to throw together and create what can only be described as a really satisfying meal, with limited fuss or washing up. Due to the fact, our marrow was so vast, I also made some delicious chocolate cakes too, because dessert is important and this wouldn’t be ‘Cake Vs Scales‘ if I didn’t include some cake!
You can tweak the recipe to become vegan buy excluding the cheese or using a vegan alternative, whatever takes your fancy! Personally, I like the cheese as it gives the bake a tasty crust and what could be better than melted cheese? Well, melted cheese followed by melted chocolate…
- One whole marrow, sliced and peeled.
- 150g Lentils
- 1 Whole Can Chopped Tomatoes (Approx 400g)
- 200ml Water with white wine stock
- 20g Gravy – Omit if vegan
- 20g Vegetable stock powder
- Salt & Pepper (To taste)
- Paprika (To taste)
- 45g Grated Cheese – Omit if vegan
- Start by pre:heating your oven to 180 degrees and setting aside a large heatproof dish.
- Now chop the marrow and place into the dish, add the dried lentils and in a separate bowl mix the chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper, paprika and stock powder. In a heat proof jug mix up the white wine stock with the gravy and add to the chopped tomato mix, pour over the marrow and lentils, mix and cook for 25 minutes.
- Then carefully remove the bake, sprinkle over the grated cheese and bake for a further 20 minutes.
Do you grow your own vegetables?