Fennel Salad with Sultanas and Giant Cous Cous

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 10 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Spring / Summer

Ingredients
– 200g Fennel
– 80g Chickpeas
– 80g Giant Cous Cous
– 3 Tomatoes
– Handful of Sultanas
– Handful of Parsley
– 2tbsp Olive Oil
– 1tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
– Salt and Pepper
– 1tbsp Mustard

Method
1. Start by cooking the cous cous as instructed on the packaging before draining and allowing to cool
2. Chop fennel and tomatoes into small slices
3. Add sultanas to a small bowl of boiling water to help them raise
4. To make the dressing, mix oil, vinegar and seasoning (mustard optional)
5. Layer all ingredients in a bowl or plate then drizzle dressing over

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Purslane Salad with Smoked Salmon

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

Ingredients
– 120g Black Lentils
– A couple of handfuls of Purslane
– 4 slices of Smoked Salmon
– 1 Large Avocado
– 4 Small Tomatoes
– Chia Seeds
– 1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
– 1 tbsp Olive Oil
– Salt and Pepper for Seasoning

Method
1. Carefully wash black lentil and remove any dust, before cooking as instructed then drain and let cool
2. Peel the avocado, remove the stone and slice
3. Cut the tomatoes into small chunks
4. Finely cut the smoked salmon
5. To make the dressing, combine oil, vinegar and seasoning
6. Layer all ingredients in a bowl or plate then top with chia seeds before drizzling over dressing

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

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

Winter Salad with Golden Beets

Slightly sweeter than traditional beetroot, the golden beet is a wonderful additional to winter salads. This mouthwatering recipe is packed full of nutrients, and is topped with a sweet balsamic glaze and feta cheese.

Time Preparing: 5 mins
Time Cooking:  35 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients:
– 200g Golden Beets
– Handful Sun-dried Tomatoes
– 1 Small Red Onion
– 1 bag Rocket
– 70g Feta / Goats Cheese
– Pumpkin Seeds
– Olive Oil
– Balsamic Glaze

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Wash (but don’t peel) golden beets, wrap them in kitchen foil then cook for 35 mins
3. Meanwhile, finely slice red onion and sun-dried tomatoes
4. Carefully toast the pumpkin seeds, in a pan on a medium-heat (no oil) for five mins
5. Once the golden beets have cooled, remove their skin and cut into small chunks
6. Layer the veg, then top with seeds, feta, olive oil and balsamic glaze

Beetroot and Orange salad

How to make a summery looking dish when the winter is well settled? The trick is to use some colourful fruits and vegetables such as orange and beetroots. This recipe is good for a large starter or a light lunch.

Time Preparing: 15 mins
Time Cooking:  45 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Autumn / Winter

Ingredients:
– 2 Beetroots
– 1 Large Orange
– Lettuce
– Handful of Toasted Seeds (e.g Pine Nuts, Sunflower/Pumpkin Seeds)
– Walnuts
– Olive Oil
– Salt and Pepper
– Parsley

Method:
1. Start by steaming the beetroot (unpeeled) for 45 minutes
2. Peel and slice the orange
3. Once the beetroots have cooled, remove the skin then slice into thin slices
4. Toast the seeds by putting on a medium heat (no oil) for around five minutes. Check regularly as they can burn very quickly!
5. Wash and slice the lettuce
6. Layer the veg onto the plate, then top with walnuts, toasted seeds, seasoning and parsley

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Apple and Jerusalem Artichoke Salad with Beetroot and Carrots

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 15 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Winter

Ingredients
– 2 small, raw Beetroots
– 2 Carrots
– 10 small Jerusalem Artichokes
– Hanfdful of Rocket
– 1/2 Apple
– Fresh Aromatic Herbs
– Handful of Mixes Nuts and Sultanas (optional)
– 4tbsp Olive Oil
– 2tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
– Salt and Pepper for seasoning

Method
1. Peel carrots, beetroots and Jerusalem artichokes
2. Grate carrots and beetroot
3. Slice artichokes and steam them for 15mins
4. Peel the apple and cut into square pieces
5. Wash the rocket then place onto a plate along with grated carrots and beetroot
6. Add the apple and artichokes
7. Top with seasoning, herbs, nuts and sultanas and dressing

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Salad Buddha Bowl

If you’re in a rush or bored of your go-to lunch, it’s time to add some colour to your plate whilst keeping it healthy! This Buddha Bowl is super easy, and by using mostly raw veggies, you’ll get the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals. (Plus, it looks great!).

Time Preparing: 15 mins
Time Cooking: 30 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Autumn

Ingredients
– 1 Avocado
– 1 Carrot
– 2-3 Large Radish
– 1 Beetroot
– 80g Wild Rice
– 1 Bowl of Rocket Salad
– Handful of Goats Cheese (optional)
– Sesame Seeds
– Apple Cider Vinegar
– Olive Oil
– Salt & Pepper for Seasoning

Method
1. Start by cooking the wild rice (as per instructions) so that it will have time to cool when you’re preparing the veg
2. Steam the beetroot for 30 mins, then once cooled, peel and cut into small square pieces
3. In a pan, heat the sesame seeds for a few minutes (be careful not to burn them)
4. Peel and grate carrot
5. Wash the radishes and slice them into thin slices
6. Peel Avocado and chop
7. Get a large bowl, and begin assembling wild rice, rocket and vegetables – get creative!
8. Add the sesame seeds, 1-2tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and some salt and pepper

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Butternut Veggie Burger

These veggie burgers are so good, they make us wonder why anyone would want to opt for meat burgers! Using a good mix of the veg you’ll find in some of our Summer boxes, they go great with Sweet Potato Fries and this Tomato Chutney recipe!

Time Preparing: 30 mins
Time Cooking: 15 mins
Serves: 6
Difficulty: 4/5
Season: Summer

Ingredients
– 1 large Butternut Squash
– 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
– 1 Red Onion
– 400g can Chickpeas
– 1 Egg
– 1 handful of Pumpkin Seeds, toasted
– 1 tbsp Paprika
– 1 handful Fresh Coriander, chopped
– 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
– 150g Breadcrumbs
– Olive Oil
– Wholegrain Bread Rolls
– Hanfdul of Rocket Leaves
– 100g Feta, crumbled
– Tomato Chutney- recipe found here

Method
1. Remove skin of butternut squash, and slice into 1 inch cubes before roasting in olive oil on 180 degrees for around half an hour
2. Finely chop onion before sauteing with olive oil and garlic until slightly caramelised
3. Mash the butternut squash cubes then mix with the onion and seeds in a large bowl
4. Blend the chickpeas with a little oil until you have a chunky consistency before adding to the butternut squash and onion mixture
5. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing well
6. Form into six even balls, compressing tightly with your hands
7. Heat the remaining olive oil in a pan, and fry the patties until the outsides are golden
8. Lightly toast the buns, serving with the crumbled feta, rocket and tomato chutney

Build Me Up Butter-Nut

This weeks boxes contain Butternut Squashes, as well as an abundance of salad style veggies. We’ve put together a roasted butternut squash salad, using the kale and tomatoes from the boxes. Whilst you can cook butternut squash in a variety of ways, roasting is by far our personal favourite, so our recipe does just that!

Team TGH headed over to the London Stadium on Monday night to see the superhuman’s in action at the Para Athletics. Tickets are still available here, and we urge anyone who’s got a free evening to head on down there. After all, it’s inspiration right on your door step!

Butternut Squash and Kale Salad

Salad Ingredients
– Butternut Squash from your box
– Kale from your box
– Tomatoes from your box, chopped
– Handful of Pumpkin Seeds
– 50g Feta Cheese (optional)
– Olive oil
Dressing Ingredients
– 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1 tbsp cider vinegar
– 1 garlic clove, finely crushed
– Sea salt
– Finely ground black pepper

Method
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees
2. Peel and cut your squash into 1cm squares, discarding seeds and skin. Lightly coat in olive oil, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes, turning occasionally
3. Heat olive oil in a pan before adding kale and tomatoes
4. Toast pumpkin seeds on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring regularly
5. To make the dressing, mix all ingredients together
6. Once the squash has finished roasting, toss all ingredients together before serving with dressing and sprinkling with crumbled feta

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
Kale, Perry Court
Leeks, Suffolk
Pointed Cabbage, Suffolk
Tomatoes, Perry Court
Butternut Squash, ESP

Medium & Large Boxes
Cucumber, Perry Court
Lettuce, Kent
Large Boxes
Turnips, Yorks



Fruit Supplement

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

Summer Salads

This weeks boxes contain an abundance of salad veggies, which got us thinking that in this unprecedented heat wave, there really is nothing better than a salad packed full of veg.

Typically when thinking of salad, the ‘garden’ type will spring to mind – with this weeks onions, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber being firm necessitates. However, there really are no limits when it comes to variations of salad. Pasta, couscous, quinoa, lentils or potatoes? Chicken, tuna, ham, prawn or vegetarian? Feta, halloumi, mozzarella or parmigiana? We’d advise starting with your choice of veg and working from there, seeing what flavours compliment certain pairings of veg. Our medium boxes this week contain Scarlet Frills, which would be compared most closely to rocket leaves, except they’re dark red, whilst our large boxes contain Lemon Balm – a member of the mint family with a number of health benefits.

We’ve found a gorgeous tuna salad recipe featuring the medium boxes Scarlet Frills, but would always advise to play around with variations to find the combinations that work for you.

Tuna Salad with Scarlet Frills, Capers & Green Beans

Ingredients
– 2 potatoes (from box)
– Bunch of Scarlet Frills
– 200g Green Beans
– 2 handfuls of Tomatoes (from box)
– 2 eggs
-1 tbsp capers
– 1 can tuna in sunflower oil
– 2tsp white wine vinegar
– 100g grated parmigiana
– Olive oil

Method

1. Cut potatoes into slices. Rinse in cold water and pat dry with paper towel.
2. Heat large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Season with salt and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
3. Remove the coarse stems of the scarlet frills and tear the leaves into small pieces. Place them in a large bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and white wine vinegar. Use your hands to massage the leaves until they’re soft and tender.
4. Add the potatoes, beans, tomatoes, and gently toss to combine. Add the drained tuna chunks and toss again. Taste, and add more salt, pepper, lemon and/or olive oil as you like.
5. Arrange quartered hard boiled eggs on top and toss in rinsed capers.
6. Grate cheese over top of salad and serve.

For more ideas on how to eat the vegetables in this week’s box, try searching on our webpage for past blogs!