Creamy Kalette Tops Linguine

Whilst the bright green colour of the dish can prompt thoughts of artificial colouring, this is actually the result of cooking and blending.

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking:  10 mins
Serves: 2-3
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients:
– Bunch of Kalette Tops
– 200g Linguine
– 2 Garlic Cloves
– 1/2 Lemon
– 30g Parmesan (omit for vegan option)
– 3tbsp Sour Cream (or vegan alternative)
– 3 tbsp Olive Oil
– Salt and Pepper, for seasoning

Method
1. Begin by cooking the Linguine as instructed on the packaging
2. Thoroughly was the kalette tops, before removing from stems
3. Peel (but don’t chop) the garlic
4. Add the kale and garlic to the linguine pan, for the final five minutes of cooking
5. Drain the linguine, and carefully transfer the kale and garlic to a blender. Add the olive oil, sour cream, lemon juice and seasoning before blending until smooth
6. Mix the linguine and kale sauce until thoroughly coated
7. Season and top with parmesan

Leek, Goats Cheese and Walnut Tart with Feta and Lemon

This simple, yet stunning recipe is a real hit for a light lunch, that might just transform the way you see leeks. The crunch from the walnut, counters the softness of the leeks and goats cheese, whilst the lemon gives it that little tang. Perfect on its own, or with a side salad.

Time Preparing: 15 mins
Time Cooking:  20 mins
Serves: 4
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients:
– 3 Leeks
– 2 Lemons
– 200g Goats Cheese
– 75g Chopped Walnuts
– 375g pre-rolled Puff Pastry
– 2tbsp Butter
– 2tsp thyme
– Salt and Pepper, for seasoning

Method:
1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
2. Begin by washing then finely chopping the leeks, discarding the green bits and stalk
3. On a medium-heat, add the butter and leeks and stir until the leeks are tender
4. Zest two lemons, then add to the leek mixture along with the thyme
4. Roll out the puff pastry, cut into four equal rectangles, then score each rectangle 1cm from the edges
5. Add leek mixture in the centre of the pastries, then top with crushed walnuts and crumbed goats cheese
6. Brush the crust of the tarts with olive oil, then bake in the centre of the oven for 15 mins

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

A super quick and easy dish, this tabbouleh is perfect for a starter. It’s also a great way to add raw veg to your diet.

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 0 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Autumn

Ingredients
– 1/2 Cauliflower
– 3 Large Tomatoes
– 1 Small Pepper
– 3-4 Black Grapes
– Juice from 1 Lemon
– Olive Oil
– Aromatic Herbs (Basil or Parsley)

Method
1. Start by removing all of the florets from the cauliflower head and wash them
2. Dry the floret then put them in a food processor so they’re finely chopped (this can be done by hand)
3. Wash tomatoes and cut them in square pieces
4. Wash and slice the grapes in half
5. Wash and slice the pepper (it can be kept raw or it can be steamed for 5mins)
6. Mix cauliflower with tomatoes, black grapes and pepper
7. Add the juice of one lemon and olive oil, before adding aromatic herbs

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Harissa Baked Aubergine, Cauliflower Rice and Sauteed Garlic & Lemon Swiss Chard

This Vegetarian feast is just as easily turned into a Vegan friendly meal, by omitting the feta or Greek Yoghurt. Inspired by Moroccan cuisine, this blend of favours gets everything right for a light yet filling Summer dinner. Zingy Lemon, Aubergines with a kick, and cauliflower rice so tasty, we guarantee you’ll be asking for more.

Time Preparing: 30 mins
Time Cooking: 35 mins
Serves: 2-4
Difficulty: 3/5
Season: Summer

Ingredients
– 2 Aubergines
– 1 Cauliflower
– 250g Swiss Chard (stalks and leaves)
– 1 Onion
– Handful chopped Coriander
– 4 tbsp Harissa Paste
– 1 tbsp Honey
– 4 tbsp Lemon Juice
– 1 Garlic Clove
– 3 tbsp Greek Yoghurt OR Crumbled Feta for serving (optional)
– Coconut Oil

Method
1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees
2. Start by preparing your Harissa Glaze by mixing the harissa paste, honey and 1tbsp lemon juice. Mix well and set to one side
3. Grate cauliflower heads so that they are rice sized
4. Cut aubergines in half and score diagonally, making sure you don’t cut through to the skin
5. Spread half of the Harissa Glaze over the aubergines, then put them in the oven for 10 minutes
6. Next, start  on the Swiss Chard. You want to separate the stalks from the leaves, making sure the stalks are finely chopped. Set the leaves to one side, then chop the onion finely.
7. Remove the aubergines, spooning the remaining Harissa Glaze over them then return to the oven for a further 15 minutes
8. Heat half of the coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat, then add the chopped onions and chard stalks for 5 minutes. Next add the cauliflower rice and 1 tbsp lemon. Fry for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
9. Meanwhile, add the remaining oil to another pan, adding the garlic, Swiss Chard leaves and remaining lemon. Sautee for 5 minutes
10. Serve everything up, with optional Greek Yoghurt or crumbled feta

Hot Cross Buns for Holy Week

It’s Holy Week coming up so why not hold virgil and celebrate at some of the services at St Dunstan across the road from Stepney City Farm, or at St Paul’s Shadwell.

In a shocking Judas betrayal of our local values, we have Spanish lemons in the box this week so why not try some lemon hot cross buns and maybe add some white chocolate or even mix in some chopped rosemary to make it extra special. Or use them together with this week’s Spartan apples from Kent to make some lemony apple and cinnamon hot cross buns! Or try this great hot cross bun recipe with apples, cranberries and a marzipan centre!

Meanwhile on the growing front, everything growing in the tunnels has got crisp, juicy stems and leaves. A few plants have made it outside to start hardening off, with kale amongst them so hold tight the greens shall all make their return!

The first step in preparing the fields for potatoes has been completed and you can see in the picture below how by bed-forming the fields, it prepares the land for de-stoning, which would stall the tubers growth, as well as giving the crop more room to expand and increase yield in a sustainable and beneficial way.

A lot of planting has occurred as well, with spinach, parsley, Battavia lettuce and four varieties of tomatoes – some you will recognise from previous years (can’t wait for those Gardeners’ Delight) but there will be a few new ones too!

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
* Valour Potatoes, UK
* Jan King Cabbage, Lancs
* Beetroot, Lincs
* Carrots, Scotland
* Mustard Leaves, Perry Court
Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Kent
Onions, Norfolk
Cauliflower, Lincs
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

Fruit SupplementNo-Potato Substitute
Garlic Rope

Apples – Spartan, Kent (standard only)
Lemons, Spain