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What’s in the box – 1/2 December 2010

Food, Seasonal Secrets | 02/12/2010 | By

Wow – I can hardly believe that I just wrote “December” in the title for this week box contents!!  Where did that go?

The weather has been crazy – pouring rain and jumpers on yesterday, brilliant sunshine and T shirts today, black spot on all my roses, downy mildew on the vines and I shudder to think what the rain has done to the stone fruit – especially the cherries!

I am thrilled to be getting some stone fruit in our box.  We have several peach and apricot trees, but have yet to manage to beat the birds to the crop – even with netting!  (See my earlier post re birds and fruit)  Some of you lucky things have scored some cherries – enjoy!

The zucchinis are coming into season well and truly now and it will be a challenge to find ways to keep them new and interesting through their long season.  I found this great recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Boats on the Steamy Kitchen website. This recipe appeals to me on so many levels – one dish meal, simple prep, a  very versatile dish that can be rearranged in lots of different ways, should be able to get the kids to eat it and it is flavoured with Middle Eastern spices – my very favourite kind of cuisine!

If you are starting to struggle to cope with the broad beans I have a couple of very quick ideas.  Toss the cooked and cooled, peeled beans with some feta and some chopped parsley with a little good quality lemon infused olive oil and serve at room temperature or, alternatively, cook and peel the beans then toss with extra virgin olive oil, some cumin and a good grind of salt or some of the lovely Maldon Smoked Sea Salt that is available in gourmet shops.

Food Connect have come up with a great idea for Xmas presents for those who are hard to buy for – or even those who aren’t!  What about giving your nearest and dearest a Food Connect voucher so they can have the opportunity to share in the great fresh, local produce!  Just call Toby on 8268 7776 for the details.

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Comments

  1. kel
    02/12/2010

    I was so happy to see some BB in my box this week as a i had stripped my crop bars last week and made jamie olivers moroccan bb with yoghurt as a starter for a dinner party. Yum yum yum- best ever. It was gorgeous!

  2. Kate
    03/12/2010

    My zucchinis have gone crazy in this tropical weather – I may miss most of them as I am heading to snowy London in a week !!

  3. Anna Johnston
    04/12/2010

    Mmmm, love the stuffed zucchini recipe, might do that for dinner tomorrow, looks awesome. Isn’t it nice to see all the summer stuff appearing?

  4. Sarah @ For the Love of Food
    05/12/2010

    This will be the first Summer without zucchinis taking over our veggie garden (there will be nothing but weeds taking over this year – due to renovations inside and out). Great recipe for ‘Giant zucchini cake’ in the Cooks Companion – not a giant cake but uses those zucchinis that get away from you (or that you may have in excess).
    I can’t imagine being hard pressed to use broad beans – you lucky people (although I can imagine being sick of podding them)!

    Amanda I have just awarded you the One Lovely Blog award. I can’t see any awards on your blog so you must be exceedingly modest and not display them! Here’s one to add to your no doubt growing collection :)

  5. Amanda
    06/12/2010

    Sarah – thanks so much! This is actually my very first and only award so that makes it quite a thrill for me!

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