We’ve Fig-ured It Out!

Guess what? TGH is going to continue, woo hoo! We’ve found someone to keep it going, but do bear with us over the next little while whilst we transition and fig-ure it all out. And many thanks to those of you who indicated willingness to volunteer in one way or another. We may just call on you one day =) So looks like we should be doing better post Veg-xit than post Brexit…not that that would have been very difficult!

Shuffle Festival is on this Saturday at the Tower Hamlets  Cemetery Park for just 24 hours, unlike the week-long film of previous years, perfect plan for the weekend now that summer has finally decided to show up. And check out the Shuffle restaurant for an authentic Indonesian three-course feast by Indonesian extraordinaires Ayam Happy where you can look forward to dining with views of the dense jungle-like surrounds of the park and participate in the ongoing restoration of the historic lodge building in this urban oasis. And cap it off with a post-dinner evening walk.

Now onto the figs which we are having for the first time in our boxes…did you know that strictly speaking, figs are not really a fruit at all? They are actually a cluster of more than a thousand tiny flowers that blossom unseen beneath the silky skin and then go on to produce the “fruitlets”, or seeds.

Try roasting the figs by cutting an X into the top of each fig and squeezing it gently to open it up. Trickle a little honey into each fig then roast at 200 deg C for 10-15 minutes, until hot and bubbling. Or grill them with nuts to a yield delicious sticky cinnamon figs. Serve with thick Greek yoghurt and honey. Or make it in advance into jam and have it with your yoghurt and granola for breakfast.

They can also be poached, potted, baked in pies and pastries, or turned into chutneys. They team up very well with a wide variety of other ingredients, too: try them with fresh young goat’s cheeses, but they’ll also hold their own with stronger stuff such as salty prosciutto, punchy, tangy blue cheeses and even anchovies. If you still need more ideas check out these 27 delicious ways to eat fresh figs.

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
* Colleen Potatoes, Kent
* Spring Onions, Perry Court
* Broad Bean Bunch, Perry Court
* Mizuna, Perry Court
* Kale, Perry Court
Beetroot Bunch, Kent
Mini Cucumber, Perry Court
Cherry Tomatoes, Kent

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Sweet Potatoes, TBC

Fruit Supplement

* Oranges, Spain
Figs, Spain

Stir-Fry Week

It’s definitely stir-fry week when you’ve got mangetout. spring onions and carrots in the box, throw in some noodles if you like and try it with garlicwith mint, with chicken, with chicken and eggs, with sticky honey lemon pork, with chilli sesame pork, you get the idea. Jamie Oliver also has this brilliant hungover noodles recipe which makes use of your broccoli also. Or try your new potatoes with mangetout, flavoured with chilli and rosemary.

Need some ideas for  your courgettes (which by the way are now from Kent instead of Spain)? Why not try courgette bread (or bake them as muffins instead). No mixer required, just a good ol’ wooden spoon. Like banana bread, it’s really a spiced cake, probably healthy enough (at least compared to coco pops) even for breakfast. Or for “proper cake” try this chocolate courgette cake.

Thank goodness LoveBox is now over and we can (too slowly) get our beloved Vic Park back. On the local festival line-up front Shuffle Festival is now here with an absolutely fantastic line-up! The nature walks are highly recommended (go batty with the bat walk) and check out the Village Feast which is free to Tower Hamlets residents, the treehouse lunches and dinners which may include locally foraged ingredients, cheese talk and tasting, hip hop and disco and of course all the glorious films (£5 tickets for E3 residents).

Shuffle works very closely with THCP and transforms it into a truly magical place…hopefully the fairy lights would be back along with more quirky art exhibits amongst the woods. Or go completely dark and quiet on the bat walk. And of course, watching movies in the open on a summer night’s is truly an experience in its own class.

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
* Mustard Leaf, Perry Court
* Courgettes, Kent
* Carrot, Norfolk
Cucumber, Perry Court
Green Onions, Kent
Mangetouts, Lancs
Broccoli, Lincs

Small Box
Items marked with (*) above
+ Wild Rocket, Perry Court
No-Potato Substitute
Cauliflower, UK

Fruit Supplement
Nectarines, Spain (small only)
Peaches, Spain