More New Collection Points!

We now have two more new collection points (and a few more going live very soon) at:

  • Mile Climbing Wall – If you are currently picking up at The Coffee Room, Mile End, so consider switching over to this collection point. And why not be really adventurous and try one of their beginners and taster sessions for a new challenge for the year! And if you’ve got kids, did you know they even do birthday parties?
  • Growing Concerns Garden Centre – An oasis of delight! Christmas is most certainly a distant memory but keep these guys in mind for the most gorgeous Christmas tree. And when the weather properly warms up with spring, check out their extensive plug plants offering!

And back to the veg prep, we have turnips in the standard box this week, so if you haven’t had them much before then definitely time to check them out! They are not as common here as across the Channel, where our frog friends recommends adding these to stews as you would other root vegetables. They have a mild flavour and potato-like texture when cooked, making them ideal for soups, stews, and casseroles.

The colder spell most definitely calls for Lancashire hotpot or for the Gloucestershire hotpot variation with pork, apples and juniper berries instead. Also perfect for a winter vegetable soup with chorizo and puy lentils.

For something other than stews and soups, why not try making some crispy turnip fries or caramelised turnips, potatoes and carrots with onions and thyme. Turnips can also be eaten raw in salads or coleslaw, even in sprouted form. For lots more on turnips check out this article for more recipes (roasted turnips and mashed root vegetables with horseradish) and nutritional information (lots of cancer-busting goodness in turnip if you are still eating all those gloriously carcinogenic sausage, bacon and ham).

For the other veg in your box here are a few ideas:
  • A Tuscan soup for the Tuscan kale – ribollita – the classic way to cook cavolo nero (black kale). We usually skip the soffrito (chopped onion, carrots and celery) and just make it with chopped onions. Link has lots of hints for twists and variations and here’s another – try it with rosemary and/or some Tuscan sausages. Taste even better made in advance.
  • Try celeriac potato mash (great for sneaking vegetables in on the kids) or the classic French remoulade, or simply cut into chunks and roast for about 40 mins along with your rainbow carrots to go with your Sunday roast!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box

* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court

* Carrots, Yorks
* Onions, Norfolk
* Black Kale, Kent
Celeriac, Perry Court
Brussels Sprout Tops, Kent
Turnip Bunch, Perry Court
Chestnut Mushrooms, Suffolk

Small Box
Items starred (*) above
+ Squash, Perry Court
No-Potato Substitute
Leek, Kent
Fruit Supplement
Blood Oranges, Spain
Apples, Kent (standard only)

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