Patty Pan-tastic

Our no-potato substitute this week is the gorgeous Patty Pan Squashes, notable for their scalloped edges and shallow, round shape which often resembles a flying saucer or kids toy. They provide a good source of magnesium, niacin, and vitamins A and C. There are a number of ways to cook Patty Pan’s, but our favourite is definitely stuffing them.

We’ve listed below a number of recipes, but be adventurous! Patty Pan’s are great when stuffed with meat such as beef or bacon, garlic, cheeses such as feta or parmesan and hardy greens like kale.

Patty Pan stuffed with Beef and Feta 
Patty Pan stuffed with Rice and Spinach 
Patty Pan stuffed with Bacon and Onion

For those of you that don’t have our potato substitute this week, don’t worry as we’ve come up with a delicious quiche recipe to make use of some of the ingredients in your boxes.

Caramelised Red Onion, Chard and Feta quiche

– 2 Red Onions (from box)
– Swiss Chard (from box)
– 100g Crumbled Feta
– 4 Eggs
– 2 tbsp Sour Cream
– 100ml Milk
– Pastry
– Salt and Pepper for seasoning
– Sugar for caramelising
– Butter for greasing

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees, and grease pie tin
2. Place the pie crust in a deep dish pie pan, sprinkle with rice and bake for 20 minutes
3. Meanwhile, caramelise onions by sauteing on a low heat with the brown sugar and a little oil for around 20 minutes. Add the swiss chard for the final 5 minutes.
4. Whisk together eggs, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper, before adding to the pastry with swiss chard and onions. Sprinkle with feta and seasoning before baking for 40 minutes.

Our local news this week, isn’t so much news, but more of a history lesson… It’s no secret to any of us that London – the East End in particular – is steeped in history. However, we recently picked up a copy of ‘I never knew that about London’ by Christopher Winn, and despite a pretty good knowledge of the area (if we don’t say so ourselves), have come across a few facts about some of our Collection Points and Delivery route that we didn’t know and thought we’d share over the next few weeks.

St Paul’s Shadwell – The Birthplace of a President?
In 1781 Jane Randolph – Mother of the third American President Thomas Jefferson – was baptised at St Paul’s, and worshipped there until emigrating to Virginia. Once married to Peter Jefferson, they established a plantation that they named Shadwell. It was here that Thomas Jefferson was born and raised.

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, Perry Court
Red Onions, Perry Court
Rhubarb, Cambs
Plum Tomatoes, Kent
Swiss Chard, Perry Court
Butternut Squash, ESP

Medium & Large Boxes
Courgettes / Lettuce,  Kent
Carrots, Lancs

Large Boxes
Kale, Perry Court

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