Rice and peas (and broad beans) – Italian style

Lisa

What to do with the lovely organic broad beans and peas fresh from the farm? This dish is a version of Risi e Bisi – traditional Venetian rice and peas. Like a slightly soupy risotto, but not requiring the constant stirring.  The recipe is adapted from one by Henry Dimbleby and Jane Baxter – it’s designed (pragmatically) for frozen peas …

Sri Lankan cucumber and cashew curry

Lisa

Our Clem has a pretty long work day at Regather on Thursdays. Her lovely partner has taken on the regular task of preparing Thursday night dinners for the two of them after he pops over to Regather HQ to collect their veg box. By the time Clem arrives home, ravenous, he has transformed some of the box contents into a …

Gorgeous green garlic

Lisa

We have new-season organic green garlic (aka ‘wet garlic’) going into the boxes now courtesy of Doug and the team on Regather farm and our other great local suppliers. More mild, tender and sweet than their older dried siblings, green garlic bulbs can be sliced raw into summery dishes. Last night I did a simple, delicious salad of fennel, green …

Green beans and mushrooms

Lisa

Got some new season organic green beans in your veg box and want to jazz them up? Here’s one way to do it. Recipe adapted from www.bonappetit.com. Later in the summer you could swap in runner beans – cut into thin slices, diagonally.

Peanut and cucumber noodles

Lisa

With organic cucumbers as box regulars again now, we wanted to recommend a mouth-watering dish that wasn’t a classic salad or a pickle.  This recipe by the brilliant Anna Jones fits the bill. It’s her version of a bowl of noodles at a neighbourhood Taiwanese restaurant in Los Angeles. So here we are:  cucumber inspiration from Taiwan to Sheffield via …

Red ratatouille risotto

Lisa

This vegan recipe by the BOSH! guys (Henry Firth and Ian Theasby) is both summery and sustaining and it’s a great match for Regather veg box contents right now. The ‘Red’ is a nod to red wine in lieu of the traditional white for a risotto. No worries if you don’t have quite enough fresh tomato weight – perhaps bump …

New potato and radish salad

Lisa

It’s new potato season and we’re looking forward to packing these gems into our veg boxes and piling them on our plates. You can’t beat boiled new potatoes tossed with butter or oil, fresh herbs, salt and black pepper, and served warm. (Try some fresh chopped organic dill from our farm.) And don’t forget you can order extra new potatoes …

Vegan kedgeree with fresh turmeric root

Lisa

We are now stocking fresh organic turmeric root alongside our other lovely aromatics – ginger, garlic and chilli. Fresh turmeric has a wonderfully musky, earthy flavour which goes beautifully with rice dishes like this delicious vegan kedgeree. Recipe from Demuths Cookery School. Soak the yellow split peas overnight to reduce cooking time and energy. Don’t be tempted to substitute red …

Macaroni cheese with leeks

Lisa

Last week we were enthused about well-dressed raw salad veg. This week it’s comfort eating, but starring a vegetable, of course – organic leeks.  If you still have wild garlic in your locale, it goes beautifully in place of the garlic cloves. Wilt a good handful of leaves (washed and chopped) into the leek mixture as it finishes cooking at …

Beetroot carpaccio

Lisa

Another recipe inspired by the launch of our new organic Salad box. Ultra-thin raw beetroot slices sent to umami-flavoured heaven with a dressing of balsamic vinegar, lemon, olive oil, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and yogurt. Recipe by Jamie Oliver and republished on The Happy Foodie. Quantities easily halved if you only have a couple of beetroots to hand.