Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

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Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby Zosherooney » September 25th, 2018, 9:45 pm

End of September and I have spotted leaved cobs in Lidl. The more 'mealy' they are, the better I like them. Generally I like them all.

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/a ... rn-recipes

Do you have any favourite recipes, ideas you care to share ?
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby StokeySue » September 25th, 2018, 11:05 pm

Hmm, might have a go at the corn and cauliflower chowder, or a version

Uses up scan of coconut milk too Zosh!
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby suffolk » September 26th, 2018, 5:51 am

Oooh no ... not mealy corn :sprout:

Reminds me of the cobs we used to get on the farm... the ones that were grown as stock feed. No real flavour and as you say, dry and mealy by the time it had got to us because it had been picked when over ripe and so long ago that the sugars had turned to starch and all the flavour had gone.

We grow a variety which has been developed for eating fresh by humans rather than dried and fed to cattle ... the kernels are so sweet and tender and full of flavour when I pick it from thd garden as soon as it’s ripe and then cook it straight away.
That’s the way we like it :chops:

I posted a recipe for a chowder type soup on the Soup thread a couple of weeks ago
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby suffolk » September 26th, 2018, 5:56 am

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Picked from our garden a couple of weeks ago :chops:
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby Badger's mate » September 26th, 2018, 9:11 am

Our sweetcorn is over now, two sowings, pretty much cropped through August. Normally it's September.

I grow a supersweet variety called Early Xtra Sweet. :hungry:
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby patpoyntz » September 26th, 2018, 9:21 am

So jealous! Our sweet corn cobs are only about 3inches long, and are nowhere near ripe, in spite of the wonderful weather this summer. However the plants look lovely in my patch, and I’ll grow them again just for that.
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby suffolk » September 26th, 2018, 9:33 am

Try the Swift variety https://www.simplyseed.co.uk/sweetcorn- ... swift.html much earlier so lots of time to ripen. They're available from most seed producers :D
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby patpoyntz » September 26th, 2018, 10:02 am

Thanks Suffs...will certainly plant those next year.
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby suffolk » September 26th, 2018, 10:24 am

I've grown them three times ... really lovely :chops: We grow about 20 plants each year and get one or two decent cobs from each plant ... and make piggies of ourselves :oops:
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby Badger's mate » September 26th, 2018, 11:42 am

I've read that supersweet corn resulted from irradiation experiments in the 1940s. I remember my dad telling me he once bought a packet of irradiated flower seeds (I don't recall the species or variety), the idea being it was a 'lucky dip' regarding colour and form. They all came out white... :D


I first read about the corn in a James Wong book, so would be inclined to seek corroboration.
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby karadekoolaid » September 26th, 2018, 11:45 am

This recipe is in Pat Chapman´s book : " Indian Vegetarian Cookbook". It never fails.

Makai Bhutta
4 large cobs sweetcorn, grains removed
4 tbsps butter or ghee
225 gms onion,finely diced
150 mls single cream
50 mls yoghurt (NOT strawberry flavour :sprout: )
2 tsps sugar
3 or 4 fresh green chiles, chopped
2 tbsps coriander leaf, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
2 tsps sesame seeds
1 tsp white poppy seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp nigella seeds
Pinch of asafoetida

Boil the sweetcorn for about 15 minutes, or until tender.Drain and set aside.
Heat the butter and stir-fry the spices for about 30 seconds. Add the onion and continue to cook for about 3-4 minutes.Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Now add the following 5 ingredients, mix well, salt and pepper and return to the heat. Add the sweetcorn and heat through.
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby Zosherooney » September 28th, 2018, 8:23 am

Nah ! Don't like corn over sweet, it has to have that very individual SC taste.

Ncie looking recipes Suff and Kool :chef: :chef:
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby suffolk » September 28th, 2018, 9:07 am

Ours still has that sweetcorn flavour ... just not the mealy texture. :)
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Re: Tis the mellow season of sweetcorn....

Postby StokeySue » September 28th, 2018, 9:20 am

I don’t know if it’s still the case but in France I used to order lunch salads and they would include canned mais- and it really was maize, hard chewy kernels of cattle fodder. No idea why anyone would bother to can that once sweet corn was available.

Maize / corn contains the yellow pigment zeaxanthin which is good for your retina

I made the chowder on Zosh’s original link. It’s ok but maybe needs a little tweaking, certainly on quantities. She says for 4 portions use 3 cobs = 650 g kernels; I had the two biggest cobs I’ve ever seen and the yield was 390 g. Then she specifies 350 cauliflower, I had 200 g. And I used a 250 g carton of coconut not a 400g can.
This cut down version made 3/4 portions, so the original 4 seems pessimistic

It needed the topping and some lemon or lime juice TBH

Pleased to have discovered the little cartons of coconut though
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