New Collection Point – St Anne’s Limehouse E14!

For those of you who are somewhat social media-phobic, over the last few days we posted the above photo on Facebook asking for guesses to where our newest collection point is. We had some good guesses (and can definitely see how it does resemble those other suggestions) but congratulations to the two persons who got it right – we will be giving both of them a box instead of just one!

The photo deliberately cuts off the bell tower (which does occasionally ring all night due to timer malfunction almost ending up in a minister-in-pyjamas-up-the-tower episode) but for most years (bar this really weird weather we have had which saw daffodils in January and hail in March) it lays on probably the best crocus carpet display in all of Tower Hamlets. Definitely worth checking out!

St Anne’s Limehouse also has a great Christmas Eve children’s crib service (if you have unruly kids, have no fear, those porcelain figures have been shattered and put back a number of times) and a midnight candlelight service with candles all around the balcony. Check out their upcoming events on their term card and like them on Facebook to keep up to date!

And before Sunday pick up a Mother’s Day card and gift from our very own local Snap Store especially if you are picking up your box from The Coffee Room in Mile End (who just turned two – how did we ever survive without Italian coffee of this quality) or checking out the hot-out-of-the-oven newborn Pizza Room baby sister just a few doors down.With the combination of produce in the box this week, why not make mum this roasted chicken with jerusalem artichoke and lemon by Ottolenghi. Substitute the shallots for quartered red onions, black peppercorns for the pink, roughly slice the lemon and through in whole garlics if you are lazy, add some potatoes under the chicken and you are all good to go!

At its best the Jerusalem artichoke literally shines translucent with all the glorious flavours, underpinned by its initial lemon bath, with a delightful tender texture but still retaining a bit of a bite.

Goes well served over plain cous cous and olive nibbles. Go easy on the olive oil, as chicken thighs are quite fatty and makes it quite rich – balance it with an steamed cabbage side dish and/or a kohl rabi, beetroot and blood orange salad, and you could also add the grapefruit and celeriac from past weeks that didn’t get eaten…

 

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Linda Potatoes, Perry Court
* Jerusalem Artichokes, Lincs
* Carrots, Lincs
* Kohl Rabi, Spain
* Beetroot, Perry Court
Red Onions, Essex
Savoy Cabbage, Norfolk
Green Peppers, Spain

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Swede, Yorks

Fruit Supplement
Blood Orange, Spain (standard only)
Lemons, Spain

 

My Funny Veggy Valentine

My Funny Veggy Valentine

Didn’t manage to make a booking for Valentine’s? Give your veg an extra special touch and skip the queues. With funny little Jerusalem artichokes in the boxes this week definitely give Jamie Oliver’s sautéed Jerusalem artichoke with garlic and bay leaves or Ottolenghi’s tried and tested roast chicken and Jerusalem artichoke and lemon a go!

Or if chicken doesn’t light your fire this week, why not go for a heart-warming Jerusalem artichoke and roasted garlic soup. If the garlic kisses isn’t your thing, then try Delia Smith’s carrot and Jerusalem artichoke soup, jerusalem artichoke soup with bacon or a cream of Jerusalem artichoke soup with white wine and double cream, yum!

For all that you need to know about preparing these little knobbers and all that you need to know about them check out our past post Jerusalem, Jerusalem.

We all want to be loved for who we are and that is no different for the funny knobbly celeriac. No better way to eat it than Jamie Oliver’s pure unadulterated smashed celeriac. An exceedingly simple which has gone down a treat, even with minimal to no seasoning. The trick is to make sure that it is sufficiently cooked (even an hour on very low heat is good) to be beautifully caramelised and for the natural sugars to really shine through. A true rough diamond.

And cap it all with a blood orange champagne cocktail. Or make some candied blood orange with dark chocolate for a different Valentine’s day surprise to the usual box of chocolate.

If you are new to us, do check our archives on ideas of how to eat your vegetables for the week!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Linda Potatoes, Perry Court
* Carrots, Yorks
* Red Onions, Essex
* Jerusalem Artichokes, Yorks
* Fennel, Italy
Spinach, Perry Court
Celeriac, Kent
Chestnut Mushrooms, Suffolk
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Parsnips, Essex

Fruit Supplement
Apples, Kent (standard only)
Blood Oranges, Spain

 

Blood in your box?

It’s not Halloween and you thought you were getting vegetables and fruit, so why is there blood in your box this week?

It’s the season for Spanish blood oranges! Make the most of it, the season isn’t long. Juice it for its delightful pink/red juice (great fun with the kids, who will be expecting orange juice to be orange!) Or now that you have gotten over your New Year hungover, knock it into a blood orange margarita.

It would make a delightful starter for a beautiful citrus salad with feta and mint. Or try a blood orange, almond and ricotta cake. Funny how orange pairs surprisingly well with cheese.

And we also have sweet potatoes in the boxes this week, so check out these 25 healthy sweet potato recipes and Guardian’s 10 best sweet potato recipes, and enjoy these vitamin-packed, lower calories, higher fibre beauties!

Now for the perfect recipe for all those items in the standard box, check out the sweet potato, fennel and olive salad with crispy kale and quinoa. What a glorious start to the year!


This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Sarpo Mira Potatoes, Perry Court
* Carrots, Yorks
* Kale, Kent
* Leeks, Kent
Jan King Cabbage, Kent
Beetroot, Perry Court
Sweet Potatoes, Spain
Fennel, Italy

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

Blood Orange Valentine Pancakes

It’s lucky Friday 13th this week but we’ve also got Valentine’s Day on Saturday and Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Tuesday to look forwards to next Tuesday, before y’all go on a diet abstaining from dairy, eggs and butter for Lent (yeah right!)

So how about making some pancakes topped off with blood orange syrup for a Valentine’s Day brunch – after all a candlelit dinner is so clichéd and overrated right? Or try this version of pancakes with Greek yoghurt and poppyseed (optional) – fluffy, rich and high protein with the use of yoghurt but no oil or butter! Or try an alternative with cottage cheese or ricotta cheese.

A few rashes of bacon makes the perfect compliment…making them far more American and fluffy than the kind you will go tossing as part of the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race on Dray Walk Gallery at Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane on Tuesday 12:30pm.

These truly seasonal blood oranges only appear around this time of the year so make the most of them as you won’t be seeing them for awhile when the season is over. Beautiful and delicious additional to a beetroot and orange salad. Add some toasted walnuts and/or goats cheese, and also some mixed spice or ground cinnamon to the dressing.

And for those of you with beetroot in your boxes, check out our past “Need some aphrodisiac? Try beetroot!” article – perfect to get you going for some Valentine’s Day romance!

Flower sprouts also make a premiere this week – these are a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale. Even if you are no great fan of Brussels sprouts you will almost certainly love these. Try them stir-fried on their own with garlic and soy sauce, but they are also perfect in any stir-fry combination. Check out the flower sprouts website for lots more cooking and recipe ideas!

Now, on what to do with the vegetables in your box here are a few ideas from our past newsletters/blog posts and few fresh ones too:

  • Celeriac – Check out our past Rooting for Roots write-up. 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 carrots to go with your Sunday roast! Or how about a celeriac, potato and rosemary gratin (works with creme fraiche and stock instead of milk and double cream) also, or Jamie Oliver’s cheesy thick-cut version
  • Beetroot – Lots of suggestions in our New Year post and also our Beetroot and Feta Couscous photos. Our frog friends from across the stream (where they eat a lot more of them) also recommend cubing or slicing them into a salad then dressing with French vinaigerette (oil, vinegar and mustard)
  • Harlequin Squash – Enjoy reading about these little jokers in our Harlequin-in-the-Box write-up
  • Turnips – Not as common here as across the river (but remember they don’t know what they are missing out with parsnips), our frog friends recommends adding these to stews as you would other root vegetables. Also perfect for a winter vegetable soup with chorizo and puy lentils

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Bakers Potatoes, UK
* Onions, Norfolk
* Flower Sprouts, Lancs
* Tundra Cabbage, Lancs
* Harlequin Squash, Cambs
Carrots, Lincs
Celeriac, Lancs
Turnip, Perry Court

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Beetroot, Lincs

Fruit Supplement
Pears, Kent (standard only)
Blood Oranges, Spain