Red Kuri Squash Risotto

Red Kuri Squashes are known for their unique shape and vibrant orange skin. However, when roasted they taste similar to Butternut Squash, albeit slightly sweeter. This recipe is quick and easy, and works wonders for either a hearty starter or main.

Time Preparing: 30 mins
Time Cooking: 20 mins
Serves: 4
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Autumn

Ingredients
– 1 Red Kuri Squash
– 1 Large Onion / 2 Small Onions, finely chopped
– 50g Butter (or vegan alternative)
– 600ml Veg Stock
– 100ml White Wine
– 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
– 150g Risotto Rice
– 1tsp Thyme
– Olive Oil
– Handful of Rocket to serve
– Parmesan to serve (optional)

Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 180degrees
2. Chop the squash into small chunks, removing skin and seeds
3. Drizzle olive oil over squash and roast in the oven for 30 mins
4. As the squash is cooking, add a generous lug of olive oil and half of the butter to a large pan, and add onions for 5mins on a medium heat
5. Add garlic, thyme and seasoning then continue stirring for a few minutes – making sure the onions remain translucent
6. Increase the heat and add risotto, continuing to stir for a further few mins
7. Add the wine until it bubbles away, reduce the heat and add the stock in intervals, waiting for the rice to absorb each time – this will take around 15 mins
8. Once the squash is roasted, add to the pan and stir in
9. Serve with rocket and parmesan

Squash Quiche

Autumn is the season for squashes and this recipe certainly doesn’t disappoint. Serve with cabbage or greens for a light supper.

Time Preparing: 20 mins
Time Cooking: 45 mins
Serves: 2-3
Difficulty: 3/5
Season: Autumn

Ingredients – Quiche
– 1 Squash
– 45g Pancetta (optional: remove for veggie alternative)
– 40g Cheddar, grated
– 2 Eggs
– 100ml Milk
– Salt & Pepper, for seasoning
Ingredients – Shortcrust Pastry
– 75g Self Raising Flour
– 30g Corn Flour
– 45g Butter
– 20ml Water

Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
2. In a large bowl mix corn flour, self raising flour and butter
3. Knead the dough with fingers before adding water
4. Once the dough has formed into a nice ball, wrap in cling film and place in fridge for 30mins
5. Cut the squash into small chunks, removing skin and seeds
6. Boil in a pan of water for 15mins
7. Roll out the dough into a mould and bake for 10mins
8. Spread squash onto the dough
9. Add pancetta (if using), grated cheese and seasoning
10. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and cream then pour on top of the quiche
11. Bake for 30 – 35 mins

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

The 1st of the Jerusalem Artichokes

This weeks box contains the first batch of this seasons Jerusalem Artichokes!

Also known as sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, its closest veg in appearance is ginger however Jerusalem Artichokes are extremely sweet and even a little garlicky. They grow with gorgeous yellow flowers – similar to daffodils and go as a great addition to winter soups or served on their own roasted! If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, add them to any recipe with butter or cream, sage or thyme, or anything smoked!

Similarly to last week, this week’s box contains lots of varieties of ‘winter veg’ – almost all combinations will go perfectly to make a hearty winter soup or stew. And with the weather set to turn even colder tomorrow, we know that we’ll be needing something to warm us over the weekend!

We’ve come across this quiz in the East London Advertiser ‘How well do you know the history of London’s East End?’. We’ve taken the quiz and it’s a little harder than we thought! Jack who delivers your boxes every week, was born and raised in London’s East End (Roman Road to be precise) and only managed 6/10. Can you beat him?

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
Blue Belle Potatoes, Lancs
Leeks, Kent
Turnips, Perry Court
Parsnips, Lancs
Carrots, Lancs

 

Medium & Large Boxes
Savoy Cabbage, Kent
Squash, Perry Court
Turnips, Perry Court

Large Box
Kale, Perry Court

No-Potato Substitute
Swede

Fruit Supplement
Apples, Kent (All Boxes)
Pears, Kent (Medium & Large Boxes)
Grapefruit, Spain (Large Box)

 

Going out with a BANG

We hope you had a ‘frightfully’ good weekend celebrating Halloween, and as Bonfire Night approaches, that you’ll end this week with a bang!

There are of course many firework displays in and around Tower Hamlets, although we’re particularly looking forward to Victoria Park’s ‘The Great Fire of London‘ Fireworks display which is at 7pm this Sunday.

Whilst you won’t be able to take food into most firework events, a fantastic treat before the event, is homemade toffee apples or even better – caramel apples!. Whilst they may not be the healthiest option your box offers, they sure are a great way to fill yourself up with Autumn goodness. Plus they’re super easy to make. By using caramel instead of the traditional toffee, you’ll find it easier to decorate them with nuts, sprinkles or added chocolate! Our organic apples are perfect as you’ll find traditional apples are coated in wax which makes it difficult for the caramel to stick properly! 

Start by melting caramel in a glass bowl over boiling water, stirring occasionally until fully melted. As the caramel is melting, push wooden apple sticks into the apples. One at a time, dip the apples into the caramel, allowing any excess to drip off. Either leave them to cool in the fridge, or whilst they’re still wet, roll them in nuts, chocolate chips or sprinkles. If you’re feeling adventurous, try drizzling melted chocolate over them once the caramel has set a little.

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
* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court
* Leeks, Kent
* Squash, Kent
* Kale, Perry Court
* Carrots, Lancs
Chili Peppers, Perry Court
Fennel, Perry Court
Little Gem Lettuce, Perry Court

Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Globe Red Beets

Fruit Supplement

* Worcester Apples, Kent
Pears, Kent