In Season in October: Tomatoes

20 10 2010

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They’re nearly all gone for the year now. If you’re growing them and you’ve got some still on the vine but they’re still very green, try cutting off the vine and hanging it up indoors somewhere, or putting them in a paper bag with a ripe banana!

Once they’re ripe, make the most of them with our recipes for Autumn Pancakes with Blue Cheese Sauce, Tomato and Roast Garlic Soup, or Homemade Tomato Sauce (which you could freeze to use later in the year when the tomatoes are gone).

Tomatoes Baked with Parmesan, Parsley & Garlic

This toasty tomato recipe from the Vista Veg cooperative might help use up the final few tomatoes – perhaps nestled into a basic risotto or on fresh, warm buttered bread? Mmm…





In Season in October: Peppers

18 10 2010

 


We’ve only really got one month left to enjoy British grown peppers and chillies, so best make the most of them. As well as trying our new and special feature recipe, don’t miss other VegBox favourites like Andrew Williams’ Spicy Vegetable Lasagne with Peppers, or our Baked Autumn Omelette which you can cram with as many seasonal veggies as you like!

 

Honest to Goodness’ Cinnamon Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

cinnamon roasted veg

 

We love how simple this is, and we love the cinnamon variation on roasting whatever’s in season. Thanks to our friends at “Honest to Goodness” for the recipe!

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In Season in October: Jerusalem Artichokes

14 10 2010

Jerusalem Artichoke (which is not an artichoke and is not from Jerusalem!) has a tasty nutty flavour and is one of the best non-meat sources of iron, so it’s well worth trying. Now that it’s in season, try it gratineed, cooked with wine, rosemary and cream or “julienned” into a salad.

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Oh-So-Simple Jerusalem Artichokes and Sauteed Onions

sauteed with onions

 

This truly oh-so-simple recipe was provided by Polly B from Holymoor. How about serving this dish with rice for a substantial meal, or with hunks of bread at lunch time?

 

 

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In Season In October

11 10 2010

in season in october

October brings with it beautiful Autumn colours, the World Conker Championship (second Sunday), Apple Day (21st October), the end of British Summer Time (31st October), and Hallowe’en (also 31st October – don’t miss our top Eco-Hallowe’en Tips from last year, and our list of seasonal “paranormal party foods“).

The Saxons called the month Wyn Monath because it was the season of wine making, and it’s the central month for ripe English hot-house grapes. October 1st used to be the start of “English Pudding Season” (although this refers to savoury “puddings” filled with steak, leeks and mushrooms, rather than the kinds of puddings we personally prefer, like Treacle, for instance!).

As for fruit and veggies – don’t miss the last of the courgettes, figs, runner beans or Spring onions. And crack out the recipes for Brussels (they’re back!), celeriac and Jerusalem (f)artichokes (!) – all back in season from now.

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Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Broad Beans

24 09 2010

Chilli Broad Beans and more...

This month sees the last of the broad beans. But before you dig out the hankies, here are some brand new broad bean recipes for making the most of them with. Remember that broad beans get tougher as the season goes along, so you’ll almost definitely want to pod and skin them before you eat them. See our Broad Beans page for a guide on podding and skinning…

Here are our newest recipes for finishing the broad bean season with:

Which will you be trying?





Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Beetroot

20 09 2010

beetroot and cheese pie

Last year we published a feature on beetroot. This year we’re refreshing that feature as we approach the end of beetroot season, with some brand new recipes from our readers and some more brilliant beetroot facts…

And as it’s just about time to be planning your vegetable patches for next year, do bear beetroot in mind. They look great growing in borders or deep enough troughs on window-ledges because the leaves are so beautiful.

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Fruit-in-the-Spotlight: Apples

12 09 2010

Forget “tablets” and the new iPhone 4 “changing everything. Again.” We still think the best kind of apple is the eating kind and at least these ones DO grow on trees. For all the fascinating facts, a how-to guide on home drying, and eight apple recipes, including cosy, baked, stuffed apples, and the original walforf salad … Read on!