Salsify Stir Fry

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 10 mins / 30 mins inc. rice
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Winter / Spring

Ingredients
– 24g Broccoli
– 80g Salsify
– 50g Courgette
– 200g Beansprout
– 1/2 Onion, finely chopped
– 60g Wild Rice
– 2tbsp Soya Sauce
– 2tbsp Sesame Oil
– Sesame Seeds

Method
1. Peel and slice Salsify
2. Slice Courgette into small chunks
3. Cut Broccoli if florets are too large
4. Cook rice as instructed on the packaging
5. Heat the oil in a wok on a medium to high heat, then add the Salsify for 3mins
6. Add Broccoli and Onion for a further 3 mins, continuing to stir
7. Add the Courgette and Beansprouts for a further 2 mins
8. Stir in the Soya Sauce until all veg is covered
9. Serve on a bed of Wild Rice, topped with toasted Sesame Seeds

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Brussels Sprouts, Daikon and Broccoli Stir-Fry

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

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

Method
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

Stir Fry with Kalettes, Brussels Sprouts, Beetroot and Green Beans

Stir fry is the perfect dish to make when you are in a hurry but still want to eat something nutritious. This delightful recipe has lots of greens, but with the beetroot adds enough colour to make it look as gorgeous as it tastes!

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

Ingredients
– 100g Brussels Sprouts
– 120g Green Beans
– 100g Kalettes or Kale
– 150g Beetroot
– 1tbsp Sunflower Oil
– 2-3tbsp Soya Sauce
– Handful of Sesame Seeds

Method
1. Thoroughly wash all vegetables
2. Remove the ends of the green beans and cut in half
3. Half the kalettes (or finely slice kale) and sprouts
4. Peel the beetroot and cut into small square chunks (pre-cook if desired)
5. Heat the oil in a wok, and once hot add the kalettes for 3 mins
6. Add the sprouts for a further few minutes until they start to brown
7. Add the green beans and beetroots, continuing to stir for a further few minutes
8. Add the soya sauce, continuing to stir until absorbed by the vegetables (around 2 mins)
9. Serve hot with rice or noodles, sprinkle with sesame seeds

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Mushroom, Kale and Bean Sprout Stir-Fry

Stir Fry’s are really easy to make and as the vegetables cook quickly in a hot wok, it helps to keep as much of the nutrients as possible. Stir Fry’s are also tasty when reheated, so are a great idea if you need a packed lunch the following day. This recipe features a number of veggies that you’ll find in your boxes throughout the winter months.

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

Ingredients
– 1 Small Pepper
– 1 Small Chilli
– Handful of Kale
– 25g Bean Spouts
– 100g Mushrooms
– 2 Nests of Asiatic Egg Noodles
– 3 tbsp Soya Sauce
– 2 tbsp Sunflower Oil / Sesame Oil
– Handful of toasted Sesame Seeds

Method
1. Wash all of the vegetables, chop kale and slice bean sprouts
2. Slice mushrooms into small chunks
3. Heat oil in a wok on a medium heat
4. Cook the bean sprouts for a few minutes
5.Add the kale and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes
6. Add Mushrooms, chopped pepper and chopped chilli for a further few minutes
7. Cook the eggs noodles as per instructions
8. Add soya sauce, followed by noodles. Stir to coat all veggies, then serve immediately, topped with toasted sesame seeds

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Cavolo Nero, French Bean and Red Pepper Stir Fry with Harissa Glaze

Whilst we’ve opted for a veggie friendly dish, this tasty stir fry, can easily be adapted to suit meat eaters! We’d recommend chopped chicken or turkey breast, which can either be marinated in Harissa Glaze (just make 1/2 more than our recipe) or not – just chuck it in the pan with some oil until cooked, then remove and add towards the end! Harissa Paste hails from North Africa, and is made from various peppers, herbs and chilli. You can make your own, but shops offer such great pre-made ones, we find these work a dream!


Time Preparing:
 15 mins
Time Cooking: 15 mins
Serves: 2
Difficulty: 1/5
Season: Summer

Ingredients
– 1 Bag of Cavolo Nero
– 1 Red Pepper
– 200g French Beans
– 1 Pack of Noodles
– 2tbsp Harissa Paste
– 2tbsp Honey
– 1tsp Lemon Juice
– 1tsp Paprika
– 1tsp Crushed Chilli’s
– Sesame Seeds, for serving
– Coconut Oil

Method
1. To make your Harissa Glaze, mix the harissa paste, honey, lemon juice and paprika
2. Thinly slice red pepper, discarding any seeds, and chop kale into slices, discarding the stalks
3. Boil a pan of water, before adding french beans for around 4 minutes – until tender
4. Heat coconut oil in a large wok on a high heat, before adding kale and red peppers
5. Keep stirring for a few minutes, then add french beans and Harissa Glaze, continuing to stir
6. If you’re using chicken or turkey, now’s the time to add it to the wok (already cooked!), along with the crushed chilli flakes
7. Keep stirring for a further two minutes, then serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds

Rainbow Stir Fry

This super colourful stir fry, is one of our quickest go to meals. We’ve opted for a vegan friendly recipe here with a little tofu, but it’s just as delicious with chicken or turkey breast. The key to any stir fry (and this one is no exception) is high heat throughout! To make sure your veggies don’t burn, just keep stirring – makes sense right!

Time Preparing: 10 mins
Time Cooking: 20 mins
Serves: 3/4
Difficulty: 2/5
Season: Summer

Ingredients
– 1 Pointed Cabbage
– 2 Large Carrots
– 3 Peppers (mixed colours)
– 150g Mangetout
– 1/2 firm Tofu block
– 1 inch cube Ginger
– 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
– 5 tbsp Soya Sauce
– 4 tbsp Honey
– 2 Limes
– 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
– Coconut Oil
– Handful of Sesame Seeds (to serve)
– Rice or Noodles (to serve)

Method
1. Slice Tofu into slices – around 2cm thick. Cover with paper towels and weigh down with a heavy book. Refrigerate for at least 20 mins, but ideally overnight
2. Coat tofu with 1tbsp soya sauce, add a little coconut oil to a large skillet, then fry tofu on a high heat
3. Once golden brown all over, set tofu aside
4. Prepare the sauce by mixing the remaining soya sauce, honey, juice from 1 of the limes, minced ginger, garlic and rice vinegar
4. Cut peppers, carrots and cabbage into thin slices whilst heating a generous amount of coconut oil in a large skillet on high heat
5. Add carrots and fry for 3 mins, before adding peppers for a further 2 mins, then mangetout and cabbage
6. After a few minutes, the veg will start to brown and it’s at this point you need to add the sauce and the tofu
7. Stir for a further few minutes before serving with rice or noodles and sprinkling with sesame seeds

 

Don’t go Stir (fry) Crazy over the Bank Holiday!

This time of year can having you feeling like EVERY Monday is a Bank Holiday. In just 7 weeks, the lucky ones of us will only have the dreaded Monday morning wake up 4 times. However, with a blast of late winter air coming, threatening potential snow flurries, we know many of you will be going a little stir crazy indoors. We’ve found some brilliant events going on locally to get the kids and/or you entertained!

German Village and Bierfest at Mile End Park, promising beers and bratwurst
Mapping the Hamlets displaying some of the 4000 maps Tower Hamlets Archives hold
ABC Photography at The Museum of Childhood

This weeks boxes contain some great stir fry veg. Pak choi in particular, goes well in literally any stir fry. Pak choi is typically found in oriental dishes, and is also known as Chinese Cabbage or Bok Choi. The texture of both leaves and stalks is crisp, and the flavour is somewhere between mild cabbage and spinach.
Check out our recipe below for a great stir fry including some of the veg in your boxes this week.

Ingredients

– Pak choi, Carrots, Courgette & Mushrooms (from box)
– 4tsp Soya Sauce
– 3tsp Honey
– 1 Lime
– Inch of crushed ginger
– Splash of sherry
– Sesame Oil
– Chilli Flakes
– Chicken or Tofu
– Rice or Noodles

Method

1. Prepare chicken or tofu and set to one side
2. Add the oil to wok and set on a high heat
3. Slice veg, make sure carrots are cut as fine as possible. Use leaves and stem from the pak choi
4. Throw the carrots, courgette, mushrooms and chili flakes into the wok, stirring regularly
5. Whilst the veg is cooking, prepare the sauce: mix the honey, ginger, soya sace and lime juice
6. Add the pak choi
7. Add the sauce and sherry to the wok, before adding chicken or tofu
8. Serve with rice or noodles

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
Potatoes, Lincs

Carrots, Kent
Pak Choi, Kent
Leeks, Essex
Spinach, Perry Court
Parsley, Perry Court

 

Medium & Large Boxes
Courgette, ESP

Mushrooms, Suffolk

Large Boxes

White Beetroot, Lancs

 

 

Fruit Supplement
Apples, Kent (All Boxes)
Clementines, ESP (Medium & Large Boxes)
Bananas, CIV (Large Boxes)

Going Stir (fry) Crazy

We don’t know about you, but we’re thrilled that Autumn is now approaching and with that hopefully some slightly cooler weather. As much as we’ve loved this summer and the gorgeous veg we’ve been getting, we’ll certainly relish less humidity!

So, as the new season is upon us, the farm is promising some autumnal goodies in the form of Rhubarb, Squashes, Golden Beetroot, Garlic, Ginger, Pears and Plums!

This weeks box includes some great ingredients to make a cabbage & pepper stir fry. The great thing about a stir fry is that you can practically chuck anything in, and it will still taste great (although we particularly love this combination)!

What you’ll need:
– Cabbage, peppers and green onions (from box)
– 4tsp Soya sauce
– 3tsp honey
– 1 lime
– Splash of dry sherry
– Sesame (or vegetable) oil
– Chili flakes
– Chicken or Tofu
– Rice or noodles

Pre-prepare either the rice or noodles and chicken or tofu. Add the oil to a wok and set on high heat.
Whilst the oil is bubbling, slice the peppers and cabbage into thin slices along with your green onions. Chuck your veg and chili flakes into the wok and set about making your stir fry sauce. Simply mix the honey, soya sauce and lime juice before stirring well. Add the sauce along with a splash of sherry before adding your meat/tofu.

This whole dish should be done in half an hour from start to finish so is a great way to create something special when you’re in a rush.

What’s in the box?
* Charlotte Potatoes, Perry Court
* Cabbage, Perry Court
* Green Onions, Perry Court
* Peppers, Perry Court
* Tomatoes, Perry Court
French Beans, Perry Court
Courgette, Perry Court
Bulls Blood, Perry Court
Fruit Supplement 
* Discovery Apples, Perry Court
Grapefruit
No-Potato Substitute 
Swede
Small Box 
Items marked with (*) above 

Please note that this may be subject to slight change depending on availability.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

It’s Chinese New Year today so usher in the Year of the Goat with some stir-fried purple sprouting broccoli! You could almost imagine this lovely variety to be a cross between the classic broccoli and the Chinese “kai lan” leafy greens (which after all is known as Chinese broccoli) but since it was initially cultivated by the Romans it’s been around for as long as the Chinese.

Try the classic stir-fry with garlic and sesame or Delia’s version with chilli & sesame dressing (as well as lime and fish sauce) for extra kick and tang. Or to layer on the garlic and chilli theme, add PSB to your pasta dinner with anchovies – another absolute classic.  If anchovies aren’t your thing, leave them out and add some capers instead, or just finish the pasta with lots of freshly grated parmesan to get that savoury “umami” hit. Or have both anchovies and capers as suggested by this PSB fettucine recipe along with some parsley, rosemary and lemon also

You may not be used to roasting your greens, but you could try roasting PSB with some garlic and parmesan and zest some lemon and squeeze of juice if you fancy.

If not having them right away, you could keep the stems in some water like cut flowers to keep extra fresh. Finally, for a fitting eulogy to the PSB and yet more recipes, check out this Guardian article.

For the rest of 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
* Carrots, Lancs
* Parsnips, Lancs
* Turnips, Perry Court
* Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Yorks
Savoy Cabbage, Kent
White Mushrooms, Suffolk
Red Onions, Norfolk
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Sprouts, Lancs

Fruit Supplement
Avocados, Spain (standard only)
Oranges, Spain