Vegetable Soup with Tomato, Parsnip, Turnip and Celery

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

Ingredients:
– 400ml Tomato Passata
– 1 Parsnip
– 150g Turnip
– 1 Medium Potato
– 1 Onion
– 1 Celery Stick
– Seasoning

Method:
1. Peel all vegetables (minus the celery), then cut into square pieces
2. Add 400ml boiling water, vegetables and passata to a large pan
3. Leave to simmer on a medium heat for 20 mins
4. Blend to desired consistency

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

Turnip Greens Soup

It’s obvious that none of us want to see food go to waste, so with a little creativity – like this recipe demonstrates – you’ll be able to reduce food waste, and save a few pennies. This recipe makes use of the turnip greens which are usually thrown away. The result is a delicious soup and a great feeling of knowing the ‘unwanted’ is now wanted!

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

Ingredients
– Turnip Greens from 1 Bunch
– 1 Large Potato
– 1 Parsnips
– 2tbsp Tomato Puree
– 1tbsp Olive Oil
– 600ml Veg Stock

Method
1. Thoroughly wash turnip greens once they’ve been cut off the bunch
2. Slice greens thinly
3. In a pan, heat oil and stir fry greens on a medium heat for 5mins
4. Meanwhile, peel the potato and parsnip and slice into small cubes
5. Add veg stock to the turnips greens pan, before adding potato, parsnip and puree
6. Cover with a lid and simmer for 25mins, before blending to desired consistency

 

This recipe was created for Tower Green Hamlets by Pauline Cuisine

More New Collection Points!

We now have two more new collection points (and a few more going live very soon) at:

  • Mile Climbing Wall – If you are currently picking up at The Coffee Room, Mile End, so consider switching over to this collection point. And why not be really adventurous and try one of their beginners and taster sessions for a new challenge for the year! And if you’ve got kids, did you know they even do birthday parties?
  • Growing Concerns Garden Centre – An oasis of delight! Christmas is most certainly a distant memory but keep these guys in mind for the most gorgeous Christmas tree. And when the weather properly warms up with spring, check out their extensive plug plants offering!

And back to the veg prep, we have turnips in the standard box this week, so if you haven’t had them much before then definitely time to check them out! They are not as common here as across the Channel, where our frog friends recommends adding these to stews as you would other root vegetables. They have a mild flavour and potato-like texture when cooked, making them ideal for soups, stews, and casseroles.

The colder spell most definitely calls for Lancashire hotpot or for the Gloucestershire hotpot variation with pork, apples and juniper berries instead. Also perfect for a winter vegetable soup with chorizo and puy lentils.

For something other than stews and soups, why not try making some crispy turnip fries or caramelised turnips, potatoes and carrots with onions and thyme. Turnips can also be eaten raw in salads or coleslaw, even in sprouted form. For lots more on turnips check out this article for more recipes (roasted turnips and mashed root vegetables with horseradish) and nutritional information (lots of cancer-busting goodness in turnip if you are still eating all those gloriously carcinogenic sausage, bacon and ham).

For the other veg in your box here are a few ideas:
  • A Tuscan soup for the Tuscan kale – ribollita – the classic way to cook cavolo nero (black kale). We usually skip the soffrito (chopped onion, carrots and celery) and just make it with chopped onions. Link has lots of hints for twists and variations and here’s another – try it with rosemary and/or some Tuscan sausages. Taste even better made in advance.
  • Try celeriac potato mash (great for sneaking vegetables in on the kids) or the classic French remoulade, or simply cut into chunks and roast for about 40 mins along with your rainbow carrots to go with your Sunday roast!


This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box

* Valour Potatoes, Perry Court

* Carrots, Yorks
* Onions, Norfolk
* Black Kale, Kent
Celeriac, Perry Court
Brussels Sprout Tops, Kent
Turnip Bunch, Perry Court
Chestnut Mushrooms, Suffolk

Small Box
Items starred (*) above
+ Squash, Perry Court
No-Potato Substitute
Leek, Kent
Fruit Supplement
Blood Oranges, Spain
Apples, Kent (standard only)

Trick or Treat?

Boo! No prices for guessing but it’s Halloween this weekend but no tricks are planned for this week’s box, just the usual treats!

Halloween apparently has its origins as All Hallows’ Eve (“even” if you are Scottish, which is then shortened to “e’en” or “een”), the day before All Hallows’ Day or All Saints’ Day. It simply means “holy evening” and is a time of the year to remember all saints (hallows) and martyrs, both past and present.

Do what you may to your (organic) pumpkin but rest assured we will be eating it, and one carved with eyes and nose and mouth won’t do much good in holding the pumpkin briyani (not to mention pumpkin soup) that we will be holding vigil over. Although come to think of it, a pumpkin sans top and seeds will probably make a good tealight holder to light up the darkness and a romantic meal, before you get around to cooking and eating it of course.

For a sweet option how about try some pumpkin cupcakes? For extra depth, use butter instead of vegetable oil and/or mixed/allspice instead of cinnamon. And add some butter (same weight as icing sugar) to top off the cream. The recipe also works as a cake or tray bake (try a 20cm square tray) and makes a lovely change to the ubiquitous carrot cake. And an opportunity to get your kids to eat more veg!

Or prep the pumpkin to make a classic pumpkin pie with pecan and maple syrup for Thanksgiving (sorry, another American import) in a couple of weeks’ time. You could even double the double cream and it’s worth all the toil and trouble of baking blind (use whatever dried beans you have at home if you don’t have those fancy beans). It’s such a great recipe you will be returning for more and you really don’t need canned pumpkin like your American friends will tell you.

As for your turnips, they are not as common here as across the Channel, where our frog friends recommends adding these to stews as you would other root vegetables. They have a mild flavour and potato-like texture when cooked, making them ideal for soups, stews, and casseroles. The colder spell most definitely calls for Lancashire hotpot or for the Gloucestershire hotpot variation with pork, apples and juniper berries instead. Also perfect for a winter vegetable soup with chorizo and puy lentils.

For something other than stews and soups, why not try making some crispy turnip fries or caramelised turnips, potatoes and carrots with onions and thyme. Turnips can also be eaten raw in salads or coleslaw, even in sprouted form. For lots more on turnips check out this article for more recipes (roasted turnips and mashed root vegetables with horseradish) and nutritional information (lots of cancer-busting goodness in turnip if you are still eating all those gloriously carcinogenic sausage, bacon and ham).

Bet you never put broccoli in the oven so how about a broccoli roast for a change?


This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Sarpo Mira Potatoes, Perry Court
* Carrots, Lancs
* Pumpkin, Kent
Turnip Bunch, Perry Court
Spinach, Perry Court
Yellow Onions, Norfolk
Chestnut Mushrooms, Suffolk
Broccoli, Kent

Small Box
Items starred (*) above
+ Savoy Cabbage, Kent
+ Leeks, Kent
No-Potato Substitute
Parsnips, Perry Court
Fruit Supplement
Pears – Conference
Apples – tbc (standard only)

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

And rest is indeed what we all need (or for some, will not be getting until Christmas dinner is done!!!) and this will be your last newsletter for the year!

A reminder about veg box collections for the rest of the year and the start of next year:

  • Normal collection this week – Fri 19th Dec to Sun 21st Dec
  • Christmas and New Year (double) boxes – Tues 23rd Dec & Wed 24th Dec
  • No box first weekend of 2015 – Fri 2nd Jan to Sun 4th Jan
  • Normal collection resume – Fri 9nd Jan to Sun 11th Jan.

Please email us by the end of today (Thursday) to let us know if you are around for Christmas and New Year and would like the double box. If we don’t hear from you then we will assume you are away for the holiday season. If you would like only the Christmas or New Year box then also let us know.

Please note that Christmas boxes will have potatoes even if you are on a “no potato” option for the week. If you are persevering with your low-carb diet over Christmas please email us and we will see what we can do.

And there is still time for carol and Christmas Eve/Day services at St Dunstan’s across the road from our beloved Stepney City farm…

Or at ELT Baptist around the corner from Mile End and two of our collection points – Southern Grove Community Centre and The Coffee Room…

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Family Carol Service – Sunday 22nd December 10:30am
Christmas Day Service – Thursday 25th December 11:00am

Or check out St Paul’s Old Ford in between Chicchi on Roman Road and Victoria Park Hub

Or whip around from Wapping Market to St Paul’s Shadwell:

Nativity Service
Friday 19th December 4pm
A nativity play by the children of St Paul’s and surrounding areas

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday 21st December 6pm
A service of readings and carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies (adults only please)

Christmas Day
Thursday 25th December 10.30am
A family service followed by Holy Communion

A few ideas on what to do with the vegetables in your box along with thoughts from our past newsletters/ blog posts:

  • Turnip – If you are not vegetarian, turnips and the cold spell most definitely calls for some Lancashire hotpot or try Gloucestershire hotpot with pork, apples and juniper berries for a variation. Great with other stews as you would other root vegetables. Also perfect for a winter vegetable soup with chorizo and puy lentils
  • Harlequin Squash –  Background and lots of ideas for eating this beautiful jester in our Harlequin-in-the-box post
  • Avocado – Try a leftover turkey salad with sliced/mashed avocado, freshly squeezed lime and sea salt over a bed of rocket
  • Sprout Tops / Green Kale – Background info on sprout tops and some thoughts on cooking greens

Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

This Week’s Bounty

Standard Box
* Romano Potatoes, Perry Court
* Carrots, Lancs
* Onions, Norfolk
* Green Kale, Kent
* Celery, Kent
Turnip, Perry Court
Harlequin Squash, Kent
Sprout Tops, Lancs
Small Box
Items starred (*) above

No-Potato Substitute
Rocket, tbc

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