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.

Read more about this ingredient.

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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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: Broccoli – Calabrese, Purple Sprouting and Tenderstem

28 07 2010

PSB, Tenderstem and Calabrese

Broccoli is a member of the brassica family, like cabbage.

The plant produces green flower heads on thick stalks. They are picked and eaten before the flowers bloom.

There can be confusion between these different types of Broccoli so let us try to help.

Click through for the low down on each type, including their different seasons, and ideas on what to make with each of them…





Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Cucumber

27 07 2010

nature's WD40?!

Pretty much every weekday morning right now we’re mindlessly chunking up cucumber and throwing it into the box with salad leaves, peppers, spring onions, cashews, and mushrooms for lunch. Add a bit of black pepper, a splash of balsamic or even a tin of tuna and some mayo and I can be pretty sure we’ve saved ourselves from the pot noodle for another day!

But is there more to cucumber than salad? Is there more to cucumber even than tsatsiki? Cucumber side effects? Oiling your hinges? And is it possible that it can be cooked?! Read on …





Food-in-the-Spotlight: Ethically-sourced Chicken

19 07 2010

would you eat them?

Following on from the June feature on ethical egg shopping, this month we’ve collaborated with the good folks over at Farm-Direct to bring you some thoughts about the chickens behind the eggs.

Since the start of VegBox Recipes, we’ve been focused almost exclusively (and unsurprisingly!) on supporting you to eat local, seasonal, organic fruit and vegetables.

However, not all of our readers are strict vegetarians or vegans. So whilst it’s still true that one of the best ways of reducing your household carbon footprint is to switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet, if we’re going to eat meat, poultry and fish, or cook it for others, the natural choice would seem to be swapping quantity (especially ‘worryingly cheap’ quantity), for quality.

Read on to find out how to know what you’re eating, and for recipes to try with your ethically-sourced chicken.

** thanks to our regular reader, Steve-in-KL, for the photo of his “ladies”!