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

Shuffling into the Summer

We’ve recently covered lots of cooking and eating ideas for the vegetables in this week’s boxes so do search our webpage for past blog entries! This week though we are getting some lovely stone fruit for those of you with the fruit supplement, and it’s nectarines and apricots for the week.

There are lots of festival and summer fetes coming up so why not check out some of these:
  • The Village Butty Summer Fete this Saturday 2pm to 10pm along Regent’s Canal on Mile End Park (along with various other events during the week) to help raise funds for a village hall for communities on and around the rivers and canals. It will be an amazing shared space for the local residential and boating communities, and anyone who uses the waterways and their towpaths. Join in on the crowdfunder!
  • Tower Hamlets Day Festival also on Saturday 12pm to 7pm in near vicinity at Mile End Park Arts Pavilion (check out poster above)
  • Shuffle Festival is back with another fantastic line-up for the year! The nature walks are highly recommended, 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 dance and of course all the glorious films (£5 tickets for E3 residents)
  • Roman Road Summer Festival also kicks start this Sunday with the village screen and sports day celebrating tennis, Wimbledon and simply summer. Lots in the week ahead with a finale next Sunday 19th with a street market and Eid party

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Bakers, Kent
* Spring Onions, Perry Court
* Spring Greens, Perry Court
* Courgettes, Spain
Carrot Bunch, Norfolk
Cauliflower, Lincs
Sorrel, Perry Court
Celery, Kent

Small Box
Items marked with (*) above
+ Mini Cucumber, Perry Court

No-Potato Substitute
Celery, Kent

Fruit Supplement
Nectarines, Spain (standard only)
Apricots, Spain