Dare we proclaim it? At least this week’s heatwave makes it real for now (collect your box ASAP for the freshest produce). It’s meteorologically and climatologically summer since Monday (1st June) but astronomically summer only begins on June 21st at solstice.
So why the two different start dates? Apparently it is because the astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun, whereas the meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle.
In any case, if you manage to get a BBQ going then top off your burgers with some balsamic caramelised onions. Make extra to jazz up your mid-week pasta dinner or heap on top of some toasted bread for a quick bruschetta snack/lunch. Add a slice of roasted beetroot (if you’ve got the “no potato” box) before adding the onion mound and spread cream cheese before putting it all together (for full recipe click here). Or top off with crumbled goats with a few minutes under the grill if you like it warm and melted.
It’s also making us long for a lazy afternoon in the garden with a courgette and broccoli quiche (cheat and buy ready made shortcrust pastry). Or these impossibly easy broccoli, cheese and ham mini pies (or more like muffins) as an easy peasy snacky meal with the kids with all extras ready to packed off in lunch boxes and to picnics.
All this making us also long for some afternoon cuppa tea and cake, and with rhubarb in the box this week a rhubarb custard tea cake or a rhubarb snacking cake (we would call it a rhubarb crumble tray bake) is looking perfect. Or try a whole wheat rhubarb streusel muffin if you would like a healthier option.
For more ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs!
This Week’s Bounty
* Bakers, Lincs
* Onions, Spain
* Courgettes, Spain
* Kale, Yorks
Mini Cucumber, Kent
Items starred (*) above
Rhubarb, Cambs (standard only)
Bananas, Dom Rep