Potato and Turnip Mash with Wild Garlic

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 20 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Winter

– 500g Potatoes
– 200g Turnips
– Salt and Pepper, for seasoning
– 3-4 Wild Garlic Leaves
– 2tbsp Cream or Soya alternative

1. Peel the turnips and potatoes, then cut into small chunks
2. Boil or steam for twenty mins – until tender
3. Finely chop wild garlic
4. Mash turnips and potatoes, add seasoning, cream and wild garlic



This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Carrots, Celeriac and Red Lentil Mash

Time Preparing: 15 mins
Time Cooking: 20 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Winter / Spring

– 80g Red Lentils
– 300g Carrots
– 70g Celeriac
-100ml Cream (or vegan alternative)
– Handful of parsley
– Salt and Pepper for Seasoning

1. Peel carrots and celeriac before cutting into small chunks
2. Steam veg with lentils for 20 mins
3. Add parsley, salt and pepper, cream and veg before mashing until smooth


This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Cauliflower and Kale Gratin

This recipe is essentially a play on Cauliflower Cheese with extra kale goodness. Creamy and tangy, this gratin works wonders as a side for four, or a main for two.

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

– 1/2 Bunch Kale (from box)
– 1 Cauliflower (from box)
– 50g Butter
– 100g Cheddar Cheese, grated
– 50g Parmesan
– 1 Small Onion, finely chopped (optional)
– 300ml Milk
– 50g Plain Flour
– 50g Breadcrumbs
– 2tsp Rosemary
– Salt and Pepper, seasoning

1. Start by preheating the oven to 200 degrees
2. Remove stalks from kale leaves and cut into 2 inch strops
3. Remove cauliflower leaves and stalks, so you’re left with the florets
4. Add cauliflower to a pan of boiling water (with a little salt) and leave to boil for 10 mins
5. Whilst the cauliflower is boiling, being to make your sauce. Melt the butter in the pan, add flour until you have a thick paste then gradually add milk
6. Once you have a smooth consistency, add two thirds of the cheddar
7. Once the cauliflower had been boiling for ten mins, add the kale for a further two then drain
8. Add kale and cauliflower to an oven dish, spread sauce over then top with the parmesan, breadcrumbs and remaining and cheddar
9. Bake for 20 mins until golden and crispy

Butter Braised Cabbage

Cabbage is often a difficult one as whilst the taste is delicious, pairing cabbage within a meal is tricky. This recipe works wonders as a side dish to hearty winter recipes, whilst adding some gorgeous hues to the plate. The best part about this super easy side, is that you can fully prepare the cabbage and reheat when you’re ready to serve without taking away any of the taste.

Time Preparing: 5 mins
Time Cooking: 30 mins
Serves: 4
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Autumn

– 1 Large January King Cabbage
– 150ml Veg Stock
– 50g Butter
– Sea Salt and Black Cracked Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
2. Start by cutting the cabbage in half, then half again (leaving all of the leaves on) so you’ve got four equal cabbage chunks
3. Wash thoroughly, being careful not to pull apart any of the leaves
4. Once the cabbage is dry, season with salt and pepper
5. Melt the butter in a large casserole dish on a medium heat, then add the cabbage quarters. Cook for 5 mins, then turn and cook for a further 5 mins so the cabbage has gone golden brown
6. Add the stock and leave on the hob for 5mins
7. Transfer casserole dish to the oven and cook for 15 minutes

NOTE: If preparing in advance, wait for the cabbage to fully cool before chilling in the refrigerator. To reheat, they’ll need 10 mins in the oven on 200 degrees.

Grilled Halloumi with Spicy Tomato Salsa

We’re big fans of Halloumi over at TGH HQ, which is probably because it’s an ingredient which instantly stops any vegetarian feeling like they’re missing out! We’ve put together this slightly spicy salsa and grilled halloumi recipe as a side dish or light lunch, but by adding either courgettes or aubergines (simply chop and add to the pan at the same time as the tomatoes), you’ll have one mean vegetarian dinner!

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 20 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Summer

– 500g Tomatoes, chopped
– 2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
– 1 Onion, chopped
– 1 Chilli, finely sliced
– 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
– 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
– 1 tbsp Turmeric
– 1 tsp Chilli Flakes (adjust accordingly)
– Salt and Pepper for seasoning
– Olive Oil
– 200g Halloumi, sliced
– Rocket Leaves, to serve

1. Fry Onions on a medium heat in olive oil for a few minutes before adding garlic
2. Once they’ve both softened, add tomatoes, chilli, tomato puree and the spices
3. Cook on a medium heat for 15 minutes
4. Heat the grill to a high heat, then grill sliced halloumi for a few minutes until the cheese has browned
5. Serve warm with rocket leaves


Patatas Alioli with Garlic Chives

Traditionally a Spanish Tapas dish, Patatas Alioli is known for its creamy consistency and  garlic-y tang. As much as we love Tapas at TGH HQ, this quick and easy side dish goes great with nearly every meal as it’s essentially potato salad disguised with garlic! Garlic Chives are quite a bit milder than tranditional garlic bulbs, so don’t be afraid to go overboard with how many you use. You’ll find Garlic Chives in our boxes in the Spring, often creeping into the early Summer.

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 20 mins
Serves: 4
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Spring / Early Summer

– 3 Garlic Cloves
– 3/4 Garlic Chive Strands
– 1 tsp Lemon Juice
– Salt and Pepper for seasoning
– 150g Mayonnaise
– Olive Oil

1. Start by peeling potatoes and cutting them into small, bite size chunks
2. Boil in a pan of salted water for 15-20 minutes
3. Meanwhile mix mayonnaise, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl then refrigerate
4. Check the potatoes with a knife, and drain before they feel ready (the knife will be able to go through the potato, but won’t feel fully cooked)
5. Fry potatoes in the olive oil for 5 minutes
6. Finely chop the garlic chives, and mix into the alioli mix, reserving a handful
7. Add potatoes to the alioli sauce, mixing well before sprinkling the remaining garlic chives on the top. Serve warm or cold

Roasted Golden Beets

Whilst we’re big advocates of using beet greens alongside golden beets, this simple side dish makes a wonderful accompaniment to any dinner (plus, its really rather easy)! You’ll find Golden Beets in our veg boxes in the Summer months.

Time Preparing: 20 mins
Time Cooking: 40 mins
Serves: 3/4
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Summer

– 4 Golden Beetroot
– 2 Garlic Cloves
– 2tsp Rosemary
– Generous lug of olive oil

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees and start by washing any mud off of the golden beets
2. Cut off greens, making sure you save them for another dish
3. Peel skin off beets – you can use a knife if the beets are particularly hardy
4. Cut beets into small cubes
5. Finely chop garlic, before mixing beet cubes, rosemary, oil and garlic in a bowl
6. Spread onto a baking tray and cook for 40 minutes until edges darken
7. Serve hot or cold

Purple Mangetout Salad

The current heatwave is begging for a salad so here’s a variation on the Asian theme for purple mangetout.

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

– 150g Mangetout
– 1/4 Cucumber
– 1 Bunch of Spring Onions
– Grated Zest and Juice of Lime
– Handful of Mint, chopped
– 1 tsp Brown Sugar
– 1 tsp Soya Sauce

1. Boil mangetout for around 3 mins
2. In the meantime, simply mix all the ingredients for the dressing together. Feel free to vary the ingredients to taste and to suit. For example, add some chopped fresh chilli to make it extra zingy
4. Finely chop spring onion and cucumber, before mixing with the mangetout and dressing