Brussels Sprouts, Daikon and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Time Preparing: 15 mins
Time Cooking: 15 mins
Serves: 4
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Winter

– 300g Brussels Sprouts
– 200g Broccoli
– 200g Daikon
– 1 Onion
– 6tbsp Olive Oil
– 6tbsp Soya Sauce
– Handful of Sesame Seeds

1. Peel daikon and cut into small chunks
2. Half the brussels sprouts
3. Cut the broccoli into florets
4. Peel and chop onion
5. In a large wok, heat the oil on a medium heat. Once hot, add the sprouts and stir for 3-5mins
6. Add the onion and broccoli and continue to stir for 3 mins before adding daikon for another 3 mins
7. Add the soya sauce for a further minute before serving with toasted sesame seeds


This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Have a Veggy Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Just a reminder to collect your Christmas and/or New Year (double) box tomorrow or Wednesday. And please don’t leave it to the last minute on Christmas Eve!

If your usual collection point is Stepney City Farm please note that the farm is closed for the holiday season and just for this two days, collection will be between 10am and 2:30pm from St Dunstan, the church across the little roundabout from the farm. Sarah, the community worker should be around and can be reached on 020 7702 8685. If there are any problems please drop us and email – we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that Christmas boxes will have potatoes even if you are on a “no potato” option for the week. If you are usually on a small box and are expecting a “double box” then please note that you will be getting a standard box. If you are expecting just one “New Year” box then you will have the same contents as the Christmas box.

And here’s a final link for the year if you are still thinking about how to cook those brussel sprout recipes. The first recipe of sprout, carrot and parsnip salad with a garlicky aji sauce is a great one for all those Christmassy veg in the box.

Have a veggy merry Christmas and happy New Year!!!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court
* Rainbow Carrots, Lancs
* Red Onions, Norfolk
* Jan King Cabbage, Kent
* Parsnips, Lancs
* Sprouts, Lancs
Swede, Kent
Red Cabbage, Lancs
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

Fruit Supplement
Clementines, Spain
Pear, Kent


Sprouts are not just for Christmas

We brought you purple and rainbow carrots, and golden and striped beetroots, and now we’ve got red brussel sprouts for you this week.

With a stronger and more intense flavour, the red variety also have additional health benefits due to the higher levels of anthocyanins that they carry – the chemicals that are found in the skins of grapes which help us to justify drinking red wine. This very British Christmas vegetable (like parsnips) is a Christmas veg largely due to seasonality and hardiness from freezing, but it really is not just for Christmas (we are still in November after all).

Take inspiration from Mark and Spencer’s Christmas food line this year, which includes sprout juice and sprout coleslaws. You’ve got time to perfect your sprout cooking for Christmas so why not try them with balsamic vinegar glazed red onions or a pancetta and lemon zing, rather than the usual overboiling experience.

And whilst we’re on brassicas, for those of you with sprout tops, we’ve featured them in the past (link here) but for a few more cooking ideas (which also works for your bag of kale) think of it as an alternative to spring greens. As with most greens, either eat them whole or roughly chopped, then steam or microwave until a luscious green sheen shines through. Then go with your mood for the moment:

  • some pure simple butter and seasoning
  • try a Jamie Oliver’s lemony twist
  • fry up some pancetta or bacon, then add sprout tops and cook for a little longer
  • stir fry some chopped garlic, slices of ginger and chopped chilli if you like, add the sprout tops and then finish with some sesame oil, soy sauce and/or oyster sauce, maybe topped with some roasted/ground peanuts and cashews. You could make this a complete meal by stir-frying your meat or tofu before adding the greens

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

As an admin point – all of the boxes are labelled with your names so do check carefully to make sure you are taking the correct boxes.

And if you are away for Christmas and/or New Year drop us a note to let us know which boxes you would like to skip. Boxes will be available for collection from Friday 19th December, Tuesday 23rd December (an early Christmas box) and Friday 2nd January. Combining the two pre-Christmas boxes for a single collection is also possible, but do let us know.

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Bakers Potatoes, Lincs
* Carrots, Lancs
* Leeks, Lancs
* Kohl Rabi, Lancs
* Green Kale, Kent
Red Sprouts, Lancs
Parsnips, Lancs
Courgette, Spain
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Land Cress, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement
Oranges, Spain (standard only)
Apples – Gala, Kent


Christmas is Sprouting All Over

It is now only 35 days to Christmas Day, that’s just 5 weeks away!

So we now have our first sprouts in the standard box (they will definitely be in our Christmas box – more details on this below). Since we have had our first frost the sprouts will be perfect for eating, rather than just the tops you’ve been getting. Apparently the flavour of parsnips also improves after the first frost so see if you can tell the difference next time they’re in the box.

For the Christmas and New Year season, there will be the usual collection from Friday 19th December and an early Christmas box (no prizes for guessing what’s in this box) available for collection from Tuesday 23rd December rather than the usual end of week collection. A double box for a single collection is also possible, but do let us know. Usual collection will resume after the New Year from Friday 2nd January.

If you are away for Christmas and/or New Year give us a jingle bell to let us know which boxes you would like to skip. And more generally, if you ever are away or need to skip a box (including for those of you on the trial-month) please let us know by the Monday of the week you don’t want the box. More details on the “Holiday/skipping policy” section of the Tower Green Hamlets website’s FAQ.Also, how about giving a trial box or trial month as a Christmas gift? It will be a unique gift, a pleasant surprise and a special treat that doesn’t add clutter to the house. It will also give a great start to the New Year after endless (over)eating, perfect for all wonderful New Year resolutions!

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

  • Beetroot – Have a look at our “Need some aprohdisiac? Try beetroot!” blog post for some ideas and also our Beetroot and Feta Couscous post. Our frog friends from across the stream (where they eat a lot more of them) also recommend cubing or slicing them into a salad then dressing with French vinaigerette (oil, vinegar and mustard)
  • Turnips – Not as common here as across the river (but remember they don’t know what they are missing out with parsnips), our frog friends recommends adding these to stews as you would other root vegetables. Also perfect for a winter vegetable soup with chorizo and puy lentils
  • Rainbow Carrots – Have a look at From Purple to Rainbow blog post (also for cabbage) for some ideas on how to eat them and check out some photos to inspire you

For those of you getting parsley as a no-potato substitute, try standing them vertically in a jar with an inch of water before storing in the fridge, they will last for far longer than you can imagine!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Romano Potatoes, Lincs
* Rainbow Carrots, Lancs
* Onions, Norfolk
* Beetroot, Lincs
* Spinach, Perry Court
Turnips, Perry Court
Jan King Cabbage, Kent
Sprouts, Lancs
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Parsley, Perry Court

Fruit Supplement
Pears, Kent (standard only)
Clementines, Spain