June 12, 2014

When Life Sends You Chokos

and you are just a little tired of steamed, fried, grated, juiced, stir fried or baked choko.  When it seems as that the choko vine keeps churning them out at a rapid rate of knots.

Then they are easily disguised as apple and blueberry crumble!

I know that a lot of people have grown up only knowing a choko which has been firstly overboiled and then swamped in white sauce.  Not a good look (or taste).

In my opinion, there is nothing sweeter than a young choko quickly steamed and tossed in a little butter and pepper.

However, this is a good trick if incognito is required!  When the family gets just a little tired of the never ending green vegetable making an appearance at yet another meal.
I just made up some poached fruit - in this case sliced chokos and apples and added some frozen blueberries for a colour change!  For sweetness, just the usual dash of vanilla
and covered with some crumble, just some rolled oats, butter, brown sugar and a bit of cereal mix.

Who would have thought they started out like this - well I didn't add the beans.   The truth of the matter is the humble choko is really a bland flavour which will take on another influence very easily.
My little kitchen secret - and no one was any the wiser!  The trick is to slice the choko and the apple the same way and not too thickly - and the addition of quite a few blueberries or another berry.  Enjoy!

cheers for now


Mama Shara said...

Oh good secret! I have childhood choko nightmares! Just as you described - over cooked with white sauce! But I agree, choko and apples go well together..!

**Anne** said...

Excellent idea for when you have a never ending supply of the same vegetable. I remember them vaguely from my childhood and didn't care for them but would like to grow some. Are they easy to grow and do they need much sun.
Anne xx

duchess_declutter said...

Good way to make things stretch a bit further too!

duchess_declutter said...

Anne, they are extremely easy to grow, but one of those veggies that seem to do well if you don't try to hard with them - they seem to favour a bit of neglect and adversity! Well that's how it's been for us anyway. I'll post a photo of the vine soon. Ours is growing on the fence behind the shadehouse, so is prob only getting partial sun.

Fiona from Arbordale Farm said...

If you have a lot you could cook them up with some fruit/berries an then freeze it ready for more crumble in the future.

Gooseberry Jam said...

Howdy do there Duchess, long time...
I miss those choko's, I love them! Cooked anyway! My mum brought me down a choko to plant on her last visit but I do fear it's a bit cold down this way, A heavy frost is on it's way next week.
Hope your well. Karen x

Sue said...

When I was a child we had a choko vine that my mother used to over cook and force us to eat! Then one of my sisters grew them and always added them into her casseroles. To tell the truth I cannot remember the taste so am wondering how they go with apple in a desert. Clever disguise I say. Thanks for joining my stalkers list, I ramble on my blog about anything, hope you get the odd laugh.

Betty said...

Hi there, thanks for visiting, I will do another swap later in the year, sorry you missed it this time around, Betty

Maria said...

An 'oldie but a goodie', Wendy! My mum used to do 'stewed apples' which were really chokos with a few drops of cochineal, some cinnamon and cloves. Love chokos in a curry too.