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  • Yesterday afternoon my daughter, on holiday in Mullagmore, sent me a text:

    “Trying our best to make the most of the good weather. What are you doing?”

    I replied, “Mostly cooking marrow.”

    My son in law returned from work on Friday with a large bag full of marrows (or summer squash, I think you call it in the States), given to him by a fellow social worker whose harvest was too large for his family. My daughter told him to give the marrows to me.

    I haven’t cooked marrows for many years because I felt they were watery and have little taste. But I Googled for a good recipe and found Marrow and Tomato Marsala.

    Saturday was humid and sultry hot for Ireland. I couldn’t just sit by the window. I had to keep moving and cool. So I made up the marsala paste.

    2 tbsp cumin seeds
    2 tbsp coriander seeds
    2 tsp fennel seeds
    2 tsp brown mustard seeds
    2 tsp whole cloves

    Toasted in my heavy frying pan and many more fresh ingredients all blended in my food processor. There should be enough for a month’s worth of curries.

    The marrow is salted and left for forty minutes to sweat off excess water.

    Next I sauté onions and garlic, add a tablespoon of Marsala paste, line a baking dish with the mixture and place the marrow on top. Then I went and had a glass of white wine whilst it cooked for an hour 140 C.

    We enjoyed the brought out a warm and spicy taste of the dish.

    Next time I will make it hotter though, with more chillies.

    The rest of the marrow will be steamed then frozen.
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