a HUGE box of veg and I mean HUGE!
Inside the box was 2 packets of baby courgette, 5kg of carrots, 20 courgettes, 4 leeks, 1 pointy cabbage, 1 white cabbage, 1 red cabbage, 3 aubergines, 2 cauliflowers, 2 bunches of beets, 1 marrow, 3 corn on the cob and 4 bulbs of broccoli
Now we love eating veg, but on top of the veg already in the house, the challenge was on as to what to do with all of this so that none went to waste.
First off, a phonecall to mum who had some courgettes, carrots and the pointy cabbage. Then out came my favourite cooks books..........
First in my trusty cast iron pan was a mixed veg soup, a family favourite. I threw in some carrots, courgettes and leeks from the box and added celery and parsnips from the fridge. It has loads of cumin added so has the most wonderful smell. Served with grated cheese and crusty bread, delish! (6 portions of this are now in the freezer)
Next in the pan, I adapted the recipe for 'Courgette, Pea and Spinach Soup' from 'The New Covent Garden Food Co - A Soup for Everyday' my version had broad beans from the freezer instead of spinach and I also added a generous amount of mint. I have to say the end result looked a little but like green gloop, but my chief taster Jamie, said it was lovely. (6 portions now frozen)
Next in the pan, 'Broccoli and Stilton Soup', again from the 'A Soup for Everyday'. Andy and I had this for lunch today and considering that he doesn't like broccoli or stilton cheese it was an amazing success.....work that one out! (another 6 portions of this frozen)
... yet another Covent Garden soup in the making.....can you tell we like soup!! This one was 'Mediterranean Vegetable and Tomato'.......it had smoked paprika and balsamic vinegar added before the stock and smelt divine as it was cooking.
For all the recipes, I've been doubling the quantities, which mean't adding two litres of liquid. I felt this was too much so I reduced it to 1 1/2 litres, but even this made a runny soup.....not a good thing when children are eating as it generally ends up down there tops! Tasted great, but this is definitely a serve in a mug soup. (8 portions for the freezer)Kitchen Diaries)
This evening we're eating the marrow filled with bolognese sauce (we batch cook both bolognese and chilli con carne and then portion it off for the freezer) Over the weekend I'll be braising and freezing down the red cabbage from Delia Smiths 'The Complete Cookery Course'. I bought my copy of this brilliant book when I was 19 and just about to leave home, this is the book I'll buying my children when they leave home. Tomorrow I'll be cooking up another batch of 'Med Veg and Tomato Soup' for lunch and the corn on the cob will be going into a tuna pasta bake for supper. We'll be having the white cabbage and some more carrots with roast chicken on Sunday.
The cauliflower has been chopped into florets and frozen whilst raw, which leaves me with beetroot.....I'm thinking that I'll roast some, possibly pickle some, but let me know if you have any tasty suggestions.
On a slightly smaller scale, we picked our first raspberries from the garden....you really can't beat them!
We're off to collect a new (well new to us) family car tomorrow, our old one was indeed that...old!!! We're all very excited. Jamie has been asking me lots of technical questions, he's a massive fan of Top Gear and gave me that look, you know the one, when I couldn't tell him how quickly it did 0 to 60..... ho hum.