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.