Going for Gold!

Adam Peaty has done it!

Not only did the swimmer beat his own world record in the Men’s 100m breaststroke event, he was also the first Olympian to win Gold for Great Britain in Rio!

So as the Olympics heat up for Great Britain and all the other amazing Olympians from around the world, we though it only right to do a special feature on Adam. This weeks box includes some of the ingredients you’ll need to make Adam Peaty’s very own Thai Green Curry (whilst Adam opted for quorn, we know that the dish will also go perfectly with chicken). After all, Adam says that in order to beat world records and stay in the best shape possible, he ‘gets through piles of veg’ every single day!

Click here for Adam’s full recipe.

You may have noticed that we’ve had a bit of a spruce and made some exciting changes. We hope you’ll agree that our new branding places an emphasis on what Tower Green Hamlets and its customers stand for, but please do let us know your thoughts! Over the coming months, we’ll be working on bring you your new Community Corner, where we’ll ask you to share your recipe and meal ideas along with photos to win prizes.

 

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

Standard Box
* Charlotte Potatoes, Perry Court
* Courgette, Perry Court
* Beetroot (loose), Perry Court
* French Beans, Perry Court
* Swiss Chard, Perry Court
Summer Squash, Perry Court
Tomato Punnet, Perry Court
Kale, Perry Court

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
TBC

Fruit Supplement

* Oranges
Limes

Calling for Volunteers…

Some news update: the person who started and has been running Tower Green Hamlets will be leaving UK in about a month’s time, so we are looking for volunteers to enable TGH to keep going. There have been a few folks who have put their hands up which we are exploring, but it would be great to have a few more so please do let us know if you can help in any way at all. If we don’t manage to transition over the next month then we may just have to wind TGH up, boo hoo! So please do let us know.

Onto the veg: we have the first of the British squash in the box this week. There is always courgette bread you can make when you don’t know what else to do with it, but why not bake it stuffed with olives, tomatoes, and mozzarella? Or making a French-style savory breakfast cake? What about a hearty chickpea salad with shredded courgette, mint, and feta? There’s courgette “butter,” and a spread with courgette and yoghurt. Courgette? Bring it on! All those ideas can be found in this 15 fresh ways to enjoy the green monster squash article.

As for the rest of the box, lots of lovely salad material – perfect for a Father’s Day barbeque on Sunday – if the dry weather forecast for the day is to be believed given the wettest June on record!

It also appears that all the boxes that should have gotten potatoes ended up getting a veg item instead of potatoes so we are looking into what happened. Apologies, if you are without your spuds for this week.

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

Standard Box
* Red onions, Egypt
* Butternut squash, TBC
* Courgette, Cornwall
* Red batavia lettuce, Kent
* Spinach, Suffolk
Cucumber, UK
Cherry Tomatoes, Spain
Broad Beans, Kent

No-Potato Substitute
TBC

Fruit Supplement
Peaches, Spain
Bananas, Dom Rep

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

Neeps and Nips

We hope you like the increased variety in the boxes so far and we have sweet potatoes, romano peppers and out-of-season Spanish courgettes making a rare appearance in the boxes this week.

Go East with a curry-ish sweet potato, pepper and coconut soup. Or ditch the ground coriander and use fresh coriander along with fish sauce and a squeeze lime for some Thai inspiration. Throw in some tofu or chicken, noodles or rice and you are all sorted. Or try a sweet potato shepherd’s pie which also uses up your swede?

If you are still wondering what to do with your swede (also known as rutabaga by Americans and Swedes or neeps by the Scots) and turnips, then consider that they make a wonderful pair, and include them both in this roasted root vegetable with tomatoes and kale stew, along with parsnips if you’ve got the no-potato sub.

Grate your raw turnips and courgette (works well with carrots and beetroot also for some colour, if you still have some lurking around) and toss well with this dressing: plum sauce, sesame oil and lime juice. Top off with some chopped roasted peanuts (if they don’t send you to A&E in an anaphylaxis state of course).

And check out Nigel Slater’s swede-ish ideas: swede with butter and stock and baked swede. Oh so simple ways to spruce up a somewhat unloved and under appreciated veg. Or Burns night is long over, but with the potential great EU divorce happening, maybe celebrate that the Scots are still with us with a haggis (with the full works, or vegeterian if you like), neeps and tatties.

For the ultimate recipe of the week check out this lentil soup with carrots, turnips and kale – it even uses up your sweet potatoes and onions.

And if you are a lady and haven’t been up to our dear Vicky Park lately and wondering what all those funky pink and purple lights are about, then it’s time to pop over to check out the launch of the adidas Pure X Boost range which are female only running trainers – we did say you need to be of the finer sex, didn’t we?

There are three more nights of park run (last one on Sunday night), just show up at the tent past the boating lake a little before 7pm.  Throughout the day there are also a variety of free classes, workouts and events on offer, including sunrise yoga, supper clubs, fat-burning boot camps and smoothie-making masterclasses (we’re sure they’ll have kale there, otherwise bring some from your box) for all levels and abilities.

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court
* Turnips, Perry Court
* Swede, Yorks
* Romano Peppers, Spain
* Courgettes, Spain
Sweet Potatoes, Spain
Green Kale, Yorks
Onions, Essex

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Parsnips, Lincs

Fruit Supplement
Bananas, Dom Rep (standard only)
Pears, Kent (standard only)
Blood Orange, Spain (small only)

 

What a Gem-is-ta!

Weather is looking great for the weekend ahead and the warmer temperatures are bringing us our first Perry Court tomatoes, perfect for gemista!

We recently came across gemista in Greece – tomatoes, peppers, courgettes and other vegetables stuffed with rice and baked in the oven, until soft and nicely browned. Gemista translates as “ones that are filled”. What a true gem it is, and rightly one of the most popular Greek vegetarian dishes in summer.

The typical recipe includes stuffed tomatoes, stuffed peppers and sliced potatoes. Believe it or not, but it is one of the easier and healthier Greek recipes to make at home, although it may seem a little complicated at first. There are countless recipes with almost every household having its own. So feel free to experiment with the stuffing, with different types of herbs and varying amount of spices. Your imagination is your limit with this amazing Greek dish! And if you really can’t ditch the meat then add some mince.

This traditional Greek recipe falls under the category of Greek dishes called lathera, meaning dishes prepared with olive oil.  So don’t be surprised that it calls for a lot of olive oil (by non-Mediterranean standards) but with lathera-Greek vegetarian dishes with moderate starch and a good amount of olive oil you actually end up with a moderate amount of calories because the vegetables hardly add any calories to the meal. But use some good quality extra virgin olive oil, which will really lift the flavor!

As the peppers are not as juicy as the tomatoes the stuffing of the peppers always comes out a little dry. To avoid that, spoon some extra tomato juice over the peppers and they will become just amazing. When cooking, try covering with aluminium foil as the steam allows the rice to cook and the vegetables to soften without them ending up being burnt. Serve these extra juicy, melt-in-the mouth and bursting with fresh and vibrant colours and flavours Greek stuffed tomatoes with a block of salty feta cheese and bread.

For the glorious mix of summer vegetables in the box this week why not try some of these recipes:

With Shuffle over (if you didn’t manage to try out the mealworm dumplings, algae orzotto and edible flowers foraged in the Tower Hamlets cemetery park at the festival treehouse restaurant then feel relieved or oogle over this review) time to head over to the Wapping Village Fete.

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

Standard Box
* Charlotte (New), Perry Court
* Tomatoes, Perry Court
* Courgettes, Perry Court
* Peppers, Spain
* Carrots Loose, Lancs
Spinach, Perry Court
Mushrooms, Suffolk
Beetroot, Lancs

Small Box
Items marked with (*) above
No-Potato Substitute
Mixed Salad, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement
Plums, Spain (standard only)
Avocados, Spain

 

 

It’s Summer!!!

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.

Don’t fancy cake? (Really?!?) Then try the perfect rhubarb fool or Jamie Oliver’s panna cotta with roasted rhubarb.

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

Standard Box
* Bakers, Lincs
* Onions, Spain
* Courgettes, Spain
* Kale, Yorks
Cauliflower, Lincs
Broccoli, Spain
Garlic, Spain
Mini Cucumber, Kent

Small Box
Items starred (*) above
+ Fennel, Spain

No-Potato Substitute
Beetroot, Lancs

Fruit Supplement
Rhubarb, Cambs (standard only)
Bananas, Dom Rep

 

Smashing Garlicky Goodness

We have garlic in our boxes again, which goes perfectly with spinach, courgettes, cucumber, carrots and mushrooms.

If you’ve had a bad day at work or home (or just for the fun of it) try preparing the Chinese smashed cucumber salad for a stress reliever. This rather unconventional culinary preparation method releases the water and softer inner lining, and preserves the crunchy parts of the cucumber. The ragged edges are ideal for soaking up the marinade ingredients, with each bite producing a satisfying crunch. There is a video to watch preparation in action if you are still feeling slightly unsure.

Obviously feel free to bash the garlic as well since that could release more of the compounds that fight disease than slicing or mincing it. Cool and crispy – an absolute classic dish that is perfect for the summer we have all been waiting for. But if the idea of banging your veg seems wrong to you, then try a more conventional chilled garlic soy sauce cucumber salad instead.

Any sunny day is worth celebrating with this marinated courgette ribbon salad. Flavour with salt as the perfect pairing to lemon and throw in some finely chopped garlic if you like and finish with some chopped herbs like chives and mint if you fancy. If you prefer a sautéed version, then lightly fry the chopped garlic until golden brown and its aroma is wafting through, then throw in the courgette ribbons and sautée until just tender, and then just a little more with the lemon juice and herbs.

If you ever despair eating your leafy greens like spinach, then banish those fears with some buttered garlic spinach which would go perfectly with fish or chicken. If you prefer a healthier olive oil alternative to butter and would like to ditch the lemon juice, then try this spinach with garlic and pinenuts version instead.

Or put it all together and try this spinach and courgette pesto parmesan puff tart, topping it off with a few slices of mushroom if you like.

If you need an idea for what to do with all your carrots then why not try this carrot, quinoa and spinach soup? You could also add in some chilli, fennel and turmeric to really turn up the spice-o-meter a few degrees. Or simply roasted caramelised carrots with garlic – add in some thyme in addition to the parsley, and some honey or balsamic vinegar if you like.

Suffering from bad breath after all those yummy garlicky dishes? Perfect time for an apple from the box, says the Daily Mail, or check out the other suggestions on Breath MD.

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

Standard Box
* Rooster Potatoes, Lincs
* Carrots, Scotland
* Garlic, Spain
* Spinach, Yorks
Cucumber, Yorks
Courgettes, Spain
Onions, Spain
Beetroot, Lancs

Small Box
Items starred (*) above
+ Red Onions, Netherlands

No-Potato Substitute
Mushrooms, Suffolk

Fruit Supplement
Mandarins, Spain (standard only)
Cox Apples, NZ