Have yourself a healthy lil’ Christmas

A last reminder that for the Christmas and New Year period there will be a double box next Tuesday 22nd December rather than the usual weekend collection, with usual collections resuming on Friday 8th January 2016. Please email us to let us know if you do want this double Christmas/New Year period, otherwise we will assume that you are away and count them towards your holiday boxes.

Love it or hate it, Winterville is around for another week or so. Whilst there are official local residents tickets, cheaper tickets may be found on the yplan app. The ice-skating is a real steal (£3.50 off-peak, there is still time!!!) with lovely wardens who don’t necessarily chase you off the ice so you can skate to your heart’s content.

Harking for a traditional carols by candlelight? In addition to Nine Lessons at St Dunstan’s (listed in image above) across the road from the farm there is also one this Sunday 6pm’s at St Anne’s Limehouse, which also has a midnight Christmas Eve service at 11:30pm, or a crib service for families at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

Come to the last farmers’ market of the year at Stepney City Farm and join in a festive sing-a-long with St Dunstans at 2pm this Saturday. There is also a nativity service on Friday 4pm and a Christingle service Sunday 11am at St Paul’s Shadwell and Christmas service this Sunday at East London Tabernacle at Mile End, just a stone’s throw away from The Coffee Room.

For ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs or check these articles out:

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Sarpo Mira Potatoes, Perry Court
* Beetroot, Perry Court
* Carrots, Yorks
Spinach, Perry Court
Jerusalem Artichokes, Perry Court
Onions, Norfolk
Savoy Cabbage, Kent
Chestnut Mushrooms, Suffolk

No-Potato Substitute
Mooli/Daikon, TBC

Small Box
Items starred (*) above
+ Green Kale, Kent

+ Leeks, Kent

Fruit Supplement

Pears, Kent (standard only)
Apples, Kent  

Daylight Savings = Comfort Food?

It’s that time of the year when daylight saving kicks in, which means comfort food beckons ever more. So for the ultimate comfort food as winter hovers on the horizon try cauliflower cheese. Add a little edge with a teaspoon of English mustard.

Try not to boil cauliflower for too much as it does lose all that wonderful anti-oxidants and compounds that fight the build-up of toxins and inflammation in our body, with “losses of 20–30% after five minutes, 40–50% after ten minutes, and 75% after thirty minutes. However, other preparation methods, such as steaming, microwaving and stir frying, have no significant effect on the compounds” (from Wiki).

In fact, the Ottolenghi guru recommends slow roasting on low in the oven for a few hours (yep, you read that right) until beautifully caramelised. He’s got other creative ideas like grating raw cauliflower to derive carb-free vegetarian “rice” or “cous cous” but since that’s not our idea of comfort for the shortening days we’ll leave that for you to investigate (or pay to eat at one of the Ottolenghi outlets).

Our cheat’s version of an Ottolenghi-like dish (with a manageable ingredient list) is to roast the florets at 190 deg C with olive oil, sea salt, sumac and cumin for 45-60 mins then add a squeeze and zest of lemon and finally scatter with chopped parsley and/or almond flakes (toast in the frying pan until golden brown) to finish. Alternatively, if you don’t have sumac use ground coriander for a more Indian twist. For more exciting ideas, check out Guardian’s 9 other best cauliflower recipes.

For more Indian options, try the classic alu gobhi cauliflower potato curry. Chopped or sliced onions and garlic, along with curry leaves if you have them, also add wonderfully to the mix. Simply add to the popping cumin seeds and tomato puree, and fry until tender and fragrant.

And on what to do with some of the other vegetables in your veg box here are a few ideas, some of which from our past newsletters/ blog posts:

And for those of you scratching around for what to do with the kids for half term, bring them along to Mile End Children’s Park’s Growing Zone for Soup Day this Saturday from 12-4pm.

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court
* Carrots, Lancs
* Onions, Kent
* Cauliflower, Kent
* Sweetcorn, Kent
Celery, Lancs
Fennel with tops, Kent
Bulls Blood, Perry Court
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Kale, Kent

Fruit Supplement
Pears, Kent (standard box only)
Bananas, Dom Rep