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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.359 – Vietnamese salad with tiger prawns

    Posted on April 23rd, 2017 Janet No comments

    Frank made this delicious salad for Friday’s supper.  If you don’t eat prawns you could substitute with some fried tofu or just have the salad as is.  Frank used the radishes and bean sprouts from this week’s veg boxes for an extra bit of crunch!

    Serves 4 for a starter or 2 for a main

    Preparation time: 30-40 minutes
    Cooking time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients
    8 tiger prawns, peeled and de-veined (we used frozen)
    1 bunch fresh mint leaves
    1 bunch fresh coriander
    200g cucumber
    2 shallots
    harvesting-radishes-camelcsa-260316100g bean sprouts
    small bunch radishes, sliced
    40g cashew nuts
    150g pomelo or grapefruit
    For the dressing:
    2 tbsp sugar
    4 tbsp fish sauce
    4 tbsp lime juice
    1 tbsp rice vinegar
    2 cloves garlic
    1 small red chilli (eg bird’s-eye)

    Method
    First make the dressing because you’ll use it to marinate your prawns.  Very finely chop or mince the garlic and chilli.  Place these in an empty jar and then add all the other dressing ingredients.  Shake well until the sugar dissolves.  Taste – you can adjust the level of spice, saltiness, sweetness or sourness according to your tastes.  Place the prawns in a dish and pour over a little of the dressing, just enough to coat.  Refrigerate while you prepare the other ingredients.

    Deseed and cut the cucumber into fine matchsticks and place in a bowl.  Next, finely slice the shallots and add these.  Then prepare the pomelo/grapefruit – remove the skin from each segment so you only have the juicy centre.  Break the segments into chunks.  Add to the bowl along with the chopped mint and coriander and the beansprouts.

    Finally prepare the cashew nuts.  Spread them out on a baking sheet and bake in a hot oven for about 5 minutes until they are golden.  Alternatively you could brown them under a hot grill.  Once they have cooled coarsely chop them and add them to the salad.

    Next cook the prawns.  Heat a griddle pan on a high flame with a little olive oil.  Once the oil is hot place your prawns in the pan.  Cook until the prawns are pink and firm but they should not become tough – about 2 minutes each side should be enough.  Take the prawns off the heat and allow to rest while you dress and plate the salad.  Dress the salad and divide evenly between the plates before placing the prawns on top.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.358 – Rhubarb and date loaf cake

    Posted on April 11th, 2017 charlotte No comments

    This is one of those popular recipes passed on by a relative or family friend. Can’t remember! It has the virtue of using much less sugar, as the dates provide added sweetness. It’s really easy to make with the rhubarb in this week’s veg boxes.

    rhubarb-date-loaf-cake-camelcsa-130417Serves 8

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 30-45 minutes

    Ingredients
    225g rhubarb
    85g butter
    170g self-raising flour
    110g sugar + 1tsp extra
    110g (about 12) stoned dates, chopped
    1 large egg
    4 tbsp milk

    Method
    Heat the oven to 190C/gas mark 5. Grease and line a 450g loaf tin.

    Chop the rhubarb into 1cm dice. Rub the butter into the flour and stir in the sugar, the rhubarb and dates. Mix in the beaten egg and milk. Scrape the thick mixture into the tin, hollowing out a shallow trough along the middle. Sprinkle with the extra 1tsp sugar.

    Bake for 1.5 hours. Allow to stand for five minutes before turning out of the tin to cool.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.357 – Jerusalem artichoke soup

    Posted on April 2nd, 2017 Janet No comments

    This recipe is from one of the first cookery books I ever bought – the classic Penguin Cookery Book by Bee Nilson.
    jerusalem artichokes-camel csa
    Serves 4-5

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 30-45 minutes

    Ingredients
    750 g Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    1 stalk celery, chopped
    25 g butter
    900 ml vegetable stock
    300 ml milk
    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Method
    Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the vegetables.  Cover and cook gently for about 15 minutes without browning. Shake the pan occasionally to prevent sticking.

    Add the stock and seasoning and simmer until the vegetable are tender.  Liquidise the mixture (I use a stick blender in the pan), add the milk and reheat.  Taste for seasoning.  Serve with a swirl of cream and some chopped parsley.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.356 – Wild garlic and cheese muffins

    Posted on March 26th, 2017 charlotte No comments

    Camel CSA’s chair Diana Barry recommends this River Cottage Handbook No.8 Pam Corbin recipe for wild garlic. Pam says: “It’s heady, yet sweet aroma combines beautifully with strong Cheddar to make moreishly good muffins.”

    wild-garlic-camelcsa-170317Makes 10 large muffins

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients
    250g plain flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    flowering-wild-garlic-camelcsa-1703171 tsp English mustard powder or 1/2 rsp cayenne pepper (optional)
    125ml milk
    125ml plain yogurt
    1 egg
    100ml sunflower or rapeseed oil
    2 level tbsp finely chopped wild garlic leaves (about 20 leaves)
    100-150g strong Cheddar cheese, grated
    5 cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)

    Method
    Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6. Sift the first five ingredients into a medium mixing bowl, making sure they are evenly blended together.

    Put the milk, yogurt, egg, oil, chopped garlic leaves and three-quarters of the cheese into a large mixing bowl. Beat together until well combined and the mture is like a very thick batter. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir very lightly, scraping son the sides, until just combined, with no clumps of dried flour lurking in the bottom of the bowl.

    Place 10 muffin cases in a muffin tray with holes 2cm deep / 6.5cm diameter. Divide the mixture between the cases, filling each 3/4 full. Place half a tomato, if using, on top of each muffin and sprinkle with the remaining sheese.

    Bake in the oven until well risen and golden on top.They should spring back into shape when touched lightly.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.355 – Wild garlic frittata

    Posted on March 19th, 2017 charlotte No comments

    Newly-laid eggs are the perfect partner for wild garlic during its short season in Cornwall. This tasty and colourful recipe from Demuths Vegetarian Cookery School is delicious served with the red kale or purple sprouting broccoli in our weekly veg boxes.

    wild-garlic-fritatta-camelcsa-170317Serves: 2
    Preparation and cooking time: 15-20 minutes

    Ingredients
    1 medium potato peeled and diced very small
    1 tbsp olive oil
    4 eggs
    50g ricotta
    25g vegetarian-style Parmesan, grated
    1 large handful of young wild garlic leaves, chopped roughly
    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Method
    In a 24cm frying pan, one without a plastic handle, heat the olive oil and gently sauté the potato, with a lid on until cooked, which takes about 10 minutes.

    In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with 2/3rds of the ricotta and parmesan, add the wild garlic and season with salt and pepper. Add the egg mix to the potatoes and cook on a gentle heat, until almost set. You will need to run a heatproof spatula around the frittata to stop it from sticking.

    Pre-heat the grill. Scatter the remaining ricotta and parmesan over the top of the frittata and grill until the top is golden. Serve at once cut into wedges. with wild garlic leaves drizzled with your favourite nut or olive oil.

    Tips
    Flavour frittatas with whatever is in season, spring onions and peas with chervil, steamed asparagus tips with fresh mint, sweet tomatoes with basil or wild mushrooms with tarragon.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.354 – Beetroot and caraway soda bread

    Posted on March 12th, 2017 Janet No comments

    Frank made this loaf for Sunday lunch last weekend.  The recipe’s from Anna Jones in The Guardian. You might expect the loaf to be bright pink.  It was before it went into the oven but oddly, once baked, it turned to a more palatable shade of yellow!  Whatever the colour it tasted great.

    Preparation time: 30 minutes
    Cooking time: 40 minutes

    Makes 1 x 750g loaf

    Ingredients
    300g cooked beetroot, chopped
    1 tsp fennel seeds
    1 tsp caraway seeds
    100ml buttermilk (or plain yoghurt let down with a splash of milk)
    200g white spelt flour
    200g wholemeal spelt flour
    50g pumpkin seeds, plus more for sprinkling
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Black pepper

    Method
    Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7. Put the beetroot (see the note below if you’re roasting your own), spices and buttermilk in a food processor and puree until smooth.

    Put the flours, pumpkin seeds, salt, bicarbonate of soda and pepper into a large bowl and mix well.  Pour the beetroot mixture into the flours and mix with a fork until well combined, then use your hands to gently bring the lot into a rough ball. Don’t knead it though, or it will make the finished loaf tough.

    Scatter some flour over a baking sheet and put your ball of dough on top. Dust with a little more flour and a few more pumpkin seeds.   Cut a deep cross in the bread, then bake for 30 – 40 minutes until golden and risen.

    Remove from the oven and tap the bottom of the loaf. If you get a hollow sound, it’s perfect, so pop it on a wire rack to cool. This is delicious warm with salted or almond butter.

    If you are roasting the beetroot yourself
    Wash the beetroot well and trim off the stalks. Place the whole beetroot in a foil parcel, wrapped really tightly so the steam doesn’t escape. Cook for around an hour (depending on the size of your beetroot) until tender. Once cooked, allow to cool in the foil parcel, this will make it really easy to remove the skins. When cool enough to handle slip the skins off and discard. Extra roasted beetroot can be used in salads or alongside dips such as hummus.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.353 – Onion, bacon and potato hotpot

    Posted on February 26th, 2017 Janet No comments

    This straightforward dish from the late Jocasta Innes’ classic The Pauper’s Cookbook is recommended by one of Camel CSA‘s members. The recipe became a favourite when she was a student. Serve with the sprouting broccoli or kale in this week’s veg boxes.

    Serves 4

    Preparation time: 20 minutes
    Cooking time: 2 hours

    Ingredients
    50g butter
    50g plain flour
    600ml milk
    sea salt and ground black pepper
    grated nutmeg (optional)
    4 large onions, peeled and very thinly sliced
    4 large potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced
    125-150g bacon, rind removed, cut into strips

    Method
    Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6). Make a white sauce by melting the butter on a low heat in a small pan, stir in the flour and gradually whisk in the milk.  Bring to the boil stirring all the while, once smooth and thick, reduce the heat to a very low simmer, add the seasoning and nutmeg and leave it ticking over while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. 

    Grease a casserole dish and build up in layers of onion, potatoes and bacon bits, ending with potatoes  Pour the white sauce ovver the top and jiggle well to distribute the sauce evenly. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 200°C/Gas 6), uncover and reduce to 180°C/Gas 4) and cook for 1 final hour.Serve with winter vegetables such as broccoli, sprouts, kale or cabbage.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.352 – Cauliflower and lentil curry

    Posted on February 19th, 2017 Janet No comments

    We had this tasty curry recently, the lentils and coconut milk give a nice creamy sauce. Use the green coriander in Camel CSA’s veg boxes this week.

    cauliflower-camelcsa-210809Serves 4

    Preparation time: 20 minutes
    Cooking time: 40 minutes

    Ingredients
    3 tbsp vegetable oil
    1 onion, finely chopped
    1 fat garlic clove, finely chopped
    25g fresh root ginger, grated
    2 tsp ground coriander
    green-coriander-bridget-camelcsa-0601162 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp ground turmeric
    75g red split lentils
    150ml vegetable stock
    1 cauliflower, cut into small florets
    1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
    400 ml can coconut milk
    75g green beans
    3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Method
    Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large saucepan and gently cook the onion for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent.  Add the garlic, ginger,ground coriander, cumin and turmeric and cook for 2 minutes, stirring all the time. Stir in the lentils, then pour in the stock.  Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes.

    Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and fry the cauliflower for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.  Add to the lentil mixture with the carrots and coconut milk.  Bring the curry back to a gentle simmer and cook for a further 10 minutes.  Stir in the beans and cook until all the vegetables are tender.

    Stir in the chopped coriander and lemon juice, then season to taste.  Serve with rice, warm naan or chapatis.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.351 – Roast squash and blood orange salad

    Posted on February 12th, 2017 charlotte No comments

    I discovered this salad in a Cook with M&S promo leaflet I picked up in store. It was the only seasonal dish I could find in it!

    The best squash to use is Crown Prince, which we have in Camel CSA’s veg boxes this week, but any full-flavoured variety will do.

    If you can’t get blood oranges, which are in season at this time of year, use other decent ones instead. I’ve also adapted the recipe to include pumpkin or pomegranate seeds, oriental salad leaves or rocket, and parsley or coriander. It’s up to you.

    Serves 6

    roast-crown-prince-squash-blood-orange-salad-camelcsa-070217Preparation time: 20 minutes
    Cooking time: 35-40 minutes

    Ingredients
    800g full-flavoured squash (such as Crown Prince) peeled, deseeded and cut into 4cm cubes
    3 sprigs thyme
    2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
    3 tbsp olive oil
    200g couscous
    5 oranges – ideally blood oranges
    75g pomegranate or pumpkin seeds
    100g rocket or oriental salad leaves
    small handful chopped parsley or coriander
    200g feta cheese, crumbled

    Method
    Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put squash, thyme and garlic in a roasting tin and season. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, then roast for 35-45 minutes. Squeeze the garlic from its skin.

    Meanwhile put the couscous in a bowl and add 100ml boiling water and set aside for 15 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Peel and slice four of the oranges. Squeeze the juice from the remaining orange, whisk this with the remaining olive oil and season.

    Stir the pomegranate or pumpkin seeds, salad leaves and parsley into the couscous, reserving some to scatter over. Divide the mixture among six plates and top with the squash, orange slices, feta, seeds, salad and parsley. Drizzle with the dressing and serve.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.350 – Nigella’s roast chicken with lemon, rosemary, garlic, leeks and potatoes

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 Janet No comments

    This Nigella Lawson recipe appears in 20 best one-pot recipes in The Observer’s Food Monthly supplement.  It’s easy to prepare and tastes delicious.

    Serves 6

    Preparation time: 20 minutes
    Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Ingredients
    4 tbsp olive oil
    2 tsp rosemary needles, finely chopped, plus more to serve
    1 bulb garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves
    2 leeks
    1 kg waxy potatoes, washed if necessary, but unpeeled
    2 unwaxed lemons
    1 medium chicken (approx. 1.4 kg)
    sea salt flakes to taste

    Method
    Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas mark 7.  Get out the biggest roasting tin you have, and pour all but a teaspoon or so of the oil into it.  Throw in the chopped rosemary needles and the garlic cloves.

    Trim the leeks and cut each in half lengthways, then slice into half-moons and drop these leek curls into the tin too.  Cut the potatoes into 1.5 cm slices, then cut each slice into 4, or just halve them if the potatoes are small, and add these to the tin.  Quarter the lemons, then cut each quarter in half, take out as many pips as you can and toss the lemon quarters into the pan.

    Now schmoosh everything to mix, and then make a space in the middle of the tin for the chicken to sit in.  Untruss the chicken, place it in the reserved parking place, pour the tiny bit of the remaining oil on top of it and sprinkle sea salt flakes on top of the chicken only.

    Place in the oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes, and if the juices of the chicken run clear when you push the tip of a knife into the joint where the thigh meets the body, remove the chicken to a board to sit, letting the juices from its cavity spill back into the tin as you do so.

    Then put the potato mixture back in the oven for 10 minutes until soft and golden.  If the chicken needs longer, keep everything in the oven until the chicken is cooked.  When it’s ready, and the chicken has rested, carve it or cut into joints as wished.  Sprinkle with 1/2 a teaspoon of finely chopped rosemary needles and sea salt flakes to taste.