Happy St Patrick’s Day

So we might be a little early but what’s the harm in starting the celebrations a day before? Here’s a little Irish luck for you:

“May your troubles be less and your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness come through your door”

We’ve got a great Irish recipe for you this week, incorporating some of the veg in your boxes. You might feel bad about midweek drinking, but if the alcohol is in the recipe, it doesn’t really count does it?

Check out this wonderful Irish stew Guinness included, of course:

Stout Stew

1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
1kg stewing beef
1 onion
2 tbsp plain flour
500ml can Guinness
1 beef stock cube
pinch of salt
3 bay leaves
big thyme sprig
10 carrots, cut in to chunks

1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Heat the oil in large lidded casserole dish, brown the meat really well in batches, then set aside. Add the onion and carrots to the dish, give them a good browning, then scatter over the flour and stir. Tip the meat and any juices back into the dish and give it all a good stir. Pour over the Guinness and crumble in the stock cube. Season the stew with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. Tuck in the herbs and bring everything to a simmer.

2. Cover with a lid and place in the oven for about 2½ hrs until the meat is really tender. The stew can now be chilled and frozen for up to 3 months – defrost completely before reheating until piping hot. Leave the stew to settle a little, then serve with Creamy parsnip mash for a true celebration of winter vegetables.

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

All Boxes
Potatoes, Lancs
Carrots, Lancs
Leeks, Kent
Green Kale, Perry Court
Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Kent

Medium & Large Boxes
Red Cabbe, Lancs
Broad Beans, ESP
Pulsane, Perry Court

Small Boxes
Mushrooms, Suffolk

Fruit Supplement
Apples, Kent (All Boxes)
Blood Oranges, ESP (Medium & Large Boxes)
Grapefruit, ESP (Large Boxes)