July’s Fourth Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Runner Beans

15 06 2009

Late summer and early autumn are the classic “runner bean season”, although harvesting can start as early as June in some areas.

what to do with runner beans?

what to do with runner beans?

The season starts with fresh, young beans, with delicious, soft pods that simply need to be topped and tailed and briefly steamed. The season ends, however, with rather tough, stringy pods and oversized beans.

Chances are you’ll love your runner beans early in the season but might not be quite so keen by the end. Which is why we’ve recruited the talents of regular VBR reader, Steve in KL, to provide us with a solution for end-of-season bean fatigue ūüėČ Read on.

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July’s Third Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Peppers

15 06 2009
andrew williams spicy vegetable lasagna

andrew williams' spicy vegetable lasagna

This month we’ve been joined by fellow food blogger and newbie food grower and chili pepper enthusiast, Andrew Williams.

Andrew talks to us about why he grows veg at all, why he’s passionate about growing chilis, shares advice on getting started yourself and passes on an amazingly creative recipe for spicy lasagna that is more Mexican than Italian, including the use of enchiladas instead of lasagne pasta! Read on!





July’s Second Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Cucumber

9 06 2009
DIY Tsatsiki...

DIY Tsatsiki...

Pretty much every weekday morning right now I’m mindlessly chunking up cucumber and throwing it into the box with salad leaves, peppers, spring onions, cashews, and mushrooms for VegBox Husband’s 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 I’ve saved him 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? And is it possible that it can be cooked?!

Hrm … Read on!





May’s Third Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Fennel

22 04 2009

“If your association with fennel is soggy, aniseed-tasting ratatouille, you’re in the right place.

Fennel will always been something of an acquired taste, admittedly, but there are a lot of alternatives to sogginess…”

Read the full article over on our sister-site, ooffoo.com, to find out what to look for when you’re buying fennel, how to store and prepare it, some of the medicinal qualities associated with it, and a brand new recipe that is a world away from soggy aniseed ratatouille : )





May’s Second “Veggie”-in-the-Spotlight: Strawberries

22 04 2009
four brand new recipes!

four brand new recipes!

Were strawberries used as face scrub or toothpaste?

Are they delicious simply with sugar or black pepper?

And are they a member of the lettuce or the rose family?

There are no prizes, but there ARE four brand new recipes for you, just in time for British strawberry season. Simply click through to read the full article over on our sister site, ooffoo.

And if you’re contemplating growing your own, here’s an extra bit of motivation for you…





May’s First Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Aubergine

22 04 2009
beware leprosy!

beware leprosy!

Once upon a time, but not actually that long ago or far away, aubergines were attributed with the power to cause leprosy, bad breath and madness! During these times, people used them primarily ornamentally, and frankly, who can blame them with that kind of a reputation?!

Fortunately, those days are gone. But that doesn’t mean their reputation has improved much. A bit like cabbage and cauliflower, over-cooking renders them mushy, reminiscent of bad school dinners and generally a bit grim. And eating them too early in the season can leave you with the impression that they’re a bitter vegetable.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! Read on over on ooffoo, our sister site, to find out when and how to prepare and cook them, and to get your mits on our absolutely most favourite aubergine recipe…





Another April Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Endive (NOT Chicory!)

1 04 2009
which ones which?

which one's which?

It’s too baffling for words.

So I’m going to spare you the majority of what’s in my head!

What I will say is that there is a huge a global confusion about the difference between chicory and endive.

Now I am very far from claiming to be an expert. I just think we need to define our terms for future reference …

So click on for the British solution to the tangle, posted on our sister site ooffoo.com, and to discover a brand new recipe that falls firmly into the category of¬† unusual ways to use salad…