So what to do with my gigantic marrow?
Of course there is the Maltese classic and absolutely delicious Qarabali mimli.
With the first marrow recipe I’ve gone for a vegetarian version that is a little quicker to put together.
First I cut the marrow round to the required size. As this is the biggest marrow I’ve ever seen, I hadn’t realised how big and melon-like the seeds inside can become. I scooped all the seeds and candy floss type stuff out from the centre, put the marrow in a shallow bowl, seasoned with salt and pepper, covered lightly with cling film and put in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften.
While it was microwaving I made the filling with halved cherry tomatoes, a finely chopped small shallot, a clove of crushed garlic, shredded fresh mint leaves, a little chopped red chilli, a glug of olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar and seasoned with salt and pepper.
When the marrow is done in the microwave, stuff the mix into the centre and grate over some Parmesan or cheddar cheese. Then roast in the oven for 30 minutes.