Root veg stew with Guinness

Lisa

A very happy 2023 to you all! We’re back from our break and getting busy at HQ taking delivery of lots of lovely winter produce ready for your boxes this week. Our recipe to kick off the new year is going back to basics using box stalwarts carrots, potatoes and onions, plus swede or turnips.  A vegan Irish stew, essentially. …

Roasted sweet potato, leek, celeriac and cashew nut wellington

Lisa

Merry Christmas! Embrace the Welly.  I cannot resist pastry in any form – so a wellington or savoury strudel is the classic I go for at Christmas. It satisfies the eye as well as the palate and the tum, and it’s a brilliant vehicle for our organic veg. We’ve picked a vegan welly that’s not overly elaborate, using ready-prepped puff …

Leek, cider and chestnut crumble

Lisa

This mouth-watering dish is for dinner at home on Christmas Eve, aiming to please a group of fussy palates.  Leeks, cider, chestnuts and a cheesy crumbly topping… yeah!  We’ll have it with garlicky kale and some roasted carrots. Recipe by Kathy Slack from The Veg Patch and found on the fab site The Happy Foodie. Serves 4 as a side …

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 …

Black rice stuffed pumpkin

Lisa

A baked and stuffed winter squash or pumpkin is such a gorgeous, enticing dish. With Halloween and Bonfire Night around the corner, for the filling you can’t go wrong with a smoky bean chilli (recipes abound on the web). But for something a bit different – still umami-rich and nutritious – try this dish by Sophie Gordon from the book …

Spiced beetroot hummus

Lisa

Our veg boxes are so vivid in September/October, studded with colourful organic carrots, beetroots and squashes. This week, beets are the recipe focus and it was a toss-up whether to go for a healthy beetroot dip or beetroot chocolate muffins. We’ve taken the savoury route – recipe from Dr Rupy Aujla and published on BBC food. Ideally don’t squander the …

Runner bean, onion and olive tortilla

Lisa

Our organic runner beans are at their peak. On the farm and on the allotment it’s such a pleasure to see them hanging heavy and splendid from the climbing vine. Here’s an easy and healthy weekend breakfast or lunch dish using runner beans – plus onion, garlic and eggs, and some olives for piquancy. Serve with bread and fresh tomatoes.

Kale and mushroom pasta bake

Lisa

Have you been craving a homey, hearty pasta bake since the weather turned? Here it is – using organic curly kale, fresh from our local farms. Kale is settling in for its solid season in the veg boxes. So versatile:  soups, stews, pasta, risottos, stir-fries or just roasted into kale crisps. We’d love to hear your favourite ways to cook …

Vegan Thai red curry

Lisa

Just the thought of a fragrant Thai curry sets the mouth watering. The beauty of this recipe – by the BOSH! team, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby – is that you can be pretty flexible with the summer veg elements, guided by your veg box (of course!).  Of the veg listed, we’d say tomatoes and mushrooms are vital to the …