Mushroom and veg pie with parsnip rosti topping

Lisa

It was Regather’s prize-winning flower grower/wrangler/designer, Rachel, who recommended this dish the other day. Mushrooms, onions and winter roots in a lovely mustardy gravy and a crispy topping.  That’s a Goldilocks dish: not too heavy, not too light. Rachel tells me the recipe doesn’t suffer for having less than the full whack of mushrooms – use what you have.  And we …

Ribollita

Lisa

If there was ever a dish perfectly pitched for our veg boxes in the late autumn, it’s the Tuscan ribollita. I’ve long been a fan of this thick, rustic, ultra-nutritious soup of beans and veg, so was curious to see Felicity Cloake’s take on it for her regular column in The Guardian. This is a good recipe for batch-cooking too …

Slaw Season

Lisa

Get ready to shred.  We’re into coleslaw season now, starring so many of our lovely organic veg:  cabbages (red, green or white), carrots, beetroot, kohlrabi, celeriac, onions, fennel and winter radishes. When a rich, warming soup or stew is on the table, I really crave something fresh, raw and crunchy on the side. Coleslaw is also perfect with a burger. …

Root veg gratin

Lisa

This creamy mustardy gratin is just the ticket in this cold, bright weather and a luxurious way to treat the hearty organic roots from the veg box as they approach the end of their season.  Recipe from Nigel Slater in last weekend’s Observer food pages. Feel free to adjust the proportions of the veg in the list according to what …

Homemade sauerkraut: green cabbage and carrot

Lisa

Many of us love having versatile cabbages in the veg box, but if you want to expand your cabbage repertoire we suggest making your own delicious, nutritious, organic sauerkraut or kimchi.  The health benefits of ‘live’ fermented veg have been well documented: packed full of nutrients and good bacteria for a happy gut biome. My own sauerkraut learning curve has …

Curry roasted swede, parsnips and carrots with lime

Lisa

This week, the brief was swede: these hefty organic roots are a staple in the February veg boxes. Great as mash, either solo or in a root veg ensemble. Top a shepherd’s or cottage pie with a mixture of mashed swede and potato (and celeriac, if you have some).  For a deeply aromatic approach to swede we recommend this roasted …

Ethiopian spicy yellow split pea stew

Lisa

We’re so pleased to be stocking new vegan products by Suma including organic yellow split peas. These protein-packed gems have a subtle, distinctive taste which really shines in a plain Greek-style fava dip. Also, they can turn a simple chunky veg soup into a balanced meal. (I like to batch-cook a large quantity of split peas until they’re starting to …

Roast root vegetable soup

Lisa

If you’re looking for a healthy seasonal veg soup recipe to recalibrate your post-Christmas body and mind, look no further! No fewer than SEVEN items from the typical Regather veg/fruit array in December/January – nine if you count the optional extras of fresh organic ginger and garlic. Huge thanks to customer Annette for submitting this recipe.

Carrots, carrots, carrots…

Francesca

By special request we have more suggestions for carrots this week… it seems there’s a few of you out there with a carrot backlog! Also, it’s the time of year when ideas for homemade Christmas pressies start to enter our minds. Why not try this this citrus-y carrot marmalade: recipe from Darina Allen from olivemagazine.com. Carrot ‘jam’ is a popular …

Colourful carrots

Francesca

It’s easy to take ever-versatile carrots for granted, but when the purple and yellow carrots start alternating with their orange cousins in the veg box it’s a reminder to give them star billing on the plate. Who better to elevate humble carrots than Ottolenghi… (from ‘Plenty More’): Carrots roasted with honey, coriander, cumin and thyme, and served with a tahini …