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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.281 – Cheat’s Eton mess

    Posted on June 19th, 2015 Janet No comments

    Who wants to spend ages slaving over a hot kitchen stove when the weather is good?  If you use shop bought meringue nests this tasty pudding can be knocked up in no time at all.

    Serves 3-4eton mess

    Preparation time: 15 minutes

    250 g strawberries, hulled
    300 ml double cream
    1/2 Tbs icing sugar
    1 packet meringue nests

    Chop half the strawberries, place them in a blender with the icing sugar and whiz to a puree.  Whip the double cream to the floppy stage.  Chop the rest of the strawberries and break up the meringue nests into roughly 2.5 cm pieces.  Fold together the cream, meringue pieces and most of the puree to give a marbled effect.  Serve immediately with the rest of the puree poured over.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.280 – Jamie’s Couscous with grilled summer vegetables and loadsa herbs

    Posted on June 12th, 2015 Janet No comments

    This is from Jamie Oliver’s second book, the Return of the Naked Chef.

    Serves 4cornish asparagus portrait

    Preparation and cooking time: 30-40 minutes

    255 g couscous
    285 ml cold water
    3 red peppers
    1 handful asparagus, trimmed and peeled if need be
    2 or 3 small firm courgettes, sliced
    1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
    2-4 fresh chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
    3 good handfuls mixed fresh herbs (basil, coriander, mint, flat leaf parsley)
    4 Tbs lemon juice
    10 Tbs olive oil
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    red wine vinegar

    Place the couscous in a bowl with the cold water.  This will start to soften the couscous and you will see the water disappear as it soaks in.  While the couscous is softening, blacken the peppers.  Either place the peppers directly on to the naked flame of a gas hob or blacken under the grill.  Both ways you need to blacken the peppers on all sides, so turn when need be.  When fully blackened cover in a bowl for 5 minutes until cool.  This will steam the skins and make peeling and deseeding easier.  Remove the skins and seeds and roughly chop.  On a very hot ridged grill pan, lightly char the asparagus and courgettes on both sides then toss them into the bowl with the couscous with the peppers, spring onions, chillies and ripped up herbs.  Mix well.  Make a dressing with the olive oil and lemon juice, add and toss well.  Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and a couple of dribbles of red wine vinegar for a slight twang.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.279 – Cauliflower crust pizza

    Posted on June 5th, 2015 Janet No comments

    cauli pizzaThis recipe comes from Community Harvest Whetstone – a veg growing coop in Leicestershire.

    Serves 2

    Preparation and cooking time: 50 minutes

    For the base:
    1 large cauliflower
    1 free range egg
    1 Tbs olive oil
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup grated mature cheddar cheese
    For the tomato pizza sauce:
    100-150g tomato passata
    1 Tbs olive oil
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 tsp dried oregano
    salt to taste
    grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas mark 6, line and grease a large pizza tray.  In a food processor blitz the head of the cauliflower into a grainy paste.  Transfer into a large bowl and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes.  Wait for the softened and cooked cauliflower to cool a little.  Mix in the egg, season with salt and pepper, add the cheese and mix well.  Tip out the cauliflower mixture onto the greased pizza tray and press down firmly to make a large pizza base about 1 cm in thickness.  Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the base is golden brown.  While the base is cooking combine the pizza sauce ingredients and spread over the pizza base, top with the grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese and bake in the oven for a further 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.  Gently slice up the pizza and leave to cool a little.  Slowly transfer the slices onto a plate as the base is very soft and crumbly.



  • More broad beans, peas and mangetout in our veg boxes

    Posted on June 4th, 2015 charlotte No comments

    It’s the Royal Cornwall Show this week and our vegetable boxes are looking absolutely awesome!

    *broad beans
    *spring onions
    Cornish asparagus (Lower Croan, Sladesbridge)
    cauliflower (Growfair)
    potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)

    Standard boxes also have:
    extra potatoes
    *mixed salad bag
    *mangetout peas
    calabrese (Mark Norman, Bodmin)

    * = grown to organic principles. All produce grown by Camel CSA unless otherwise indicated. Please wash all vegetables carefully.

    This week’s recommended recipes from our website archive:
    Risoni with baby peas (or broad beans), bacon and garlic     Baby broad beans (or peas) with chorizo

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.278 – Hugh’s radishes with butter and salt

    Posted on May 31st, 2015 Janet No comments

    This is a simple, time-honoured way of serving radishes, taken from Veg every day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  You need to use very fresh, little roots as they quickly lose their crunch and peppery flavour.

    Serves 4radish-bunches-camelcsa-040610

    Preparation time: 5 minutes

    About 400g radishes
    A pat of unsalted butter, at room temperature but not too soft
    A little dish of best quality flaky sea salt

    Clean the radishes.  Arrange everything on the table and make sure each diner has a knife.  To eat, just smear a little bit of butter on the end of a radish then sprinkle with the tiniest pinch of salt before popping into your mouth.

  • More rhubarb in our veg boxes this week

    Posted on May 2nd, 2015 Janet No comments

    Rhubarb is making another welcome appearance in our veg boxes this week along with locally grown seasonal vegetables.

    In all the boxes this week:rhubarb-camelcsa-120512

    *Mixed salad bag
    *Swiss chard/spinach
    Leeks (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    Onions (Restharrow)
    Swede (Growfair)
    Potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)

    Our standard boxes also have:

    *Radish bunch
    Extra potatoes

    * = grown to organic principles.  All produce grown by camel CSA unless otherwise indicated.  Please wash all vegetables carefully.

    This week’s recommended recipes from our website archive:
    Delia’s rhubarb and almond crumble         Jane’s rhubarb and custard cake



  • Seasonal local food recipe No.272 – Wild garlic risotto

    Posted on April 18th, 2015 Janet No comments

    I can’t remember where I got the original recipe for wild garlic risotto but I have been making it for a few years when I remember to forage wild garlic.

    Serves 3wpid-dsc_1643.jpg

    Preparation time: 5 minutes
    Cooking time: 30 minutes

    30 g butter
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    250 g Arborio rice
    splash white wine
    1 l chicken or vegetable stock
    large handful wild garlic leaves, roughly chopped
    50 g Parmesan cheese, grated

    Heat the half the butter and the oil in a heavy saucepan and cook the onion and garlic slowly for about 10 minutes.  Add the rice and stir to coat the rice in the garlic and onion mixture.  Add the wine, turn up the heat and stir until the wine has been absorbed.  Add stock until the rice is just covered and turn down the heat so that the rice is at a simmer.  Keep adding stock as it is absorbed.  After about 10 minutes add the wild garlic leaves and stir into the rice.  Once the rice is just cooked but still has some bite, add the rest of the butter and the cheese.  Season to taste and serve.

  • Freshly picked wild garlic leaves in our boxes this week.

    Posted on April 18th, 2015 Janet No comments

    We’re fortunate to have freshly picked wild garlic leaves in our boxes this week thanks to Bridget and Charlotte’s foraging skills.  We’ve also got the first of the rhubarb with plenty more to come.

    In all the boxes this week:DSC_1641

    *Swiss chard/spinach
    wild garlic leaves (foraged locally)
    *rhubarb (CSA/Mark Norman)
    *leeks (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
    onions (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    Jerusalem artichokes (Restharrow)
    potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)

    Standard boxes also have:
    extra potatoes
    *mixed salad bag
    *spring greens

    * = grown to organic principles.  All produce grown by Camel CSA unless otherwise indicated.  Please wash all vegetables carefully.

    This week’s recommended recipes from our website archive:



  • Cauliflowers and kale in our veg boxes this week.

    Posted on April 11th, 2015 Janet No comments

    Our early spring crops are growing well and it’s only a matter of time until we have rhubarb, broad beans and asparagus in our veg boxes.

    In the meantime we’re doing our best to fill the boxes with as much variety as possible as the ‘hungry gap’ begins to bite.  This is when UK-grown seasonal veg become quite thin on the ground as last year’s crops run out – on the field and in storage – and we wait for the new spring-sown crops to mature.

    Ired-russian -kale-picking-camel csa-0315n all the boxes this week:

    *Swiss chard
    *Red Russian kale
    Cauliflower (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    Leeks (Restharrow)
    Beetroot (Restharrow) – small only
    Red onions (Restharrow)
    Potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)

    Standard boxes also have:

    Extra potatoes
    *Mixed salad bag
    *Purple sprouting broccoli
    *cabbage or spring greens
    Green tomato chutney

    * = grown to organic principles.  All produce grown by Camel CSA unless otherwise indicated.
    Please wash all vegetables carefully

    This week’s recommended recipes from our website archive:
    Trouchia (chard omelette)     Swiss chard fritters

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.270 – Orecchiette with peas and chard

    Posted on April 5th, 2015 Janet No comments

    This recipe is from Leon’s Fast Vegetarian which my son very kindly bought me for my birthday last year because he thought it might give me inspiration for the weekly recipe.  I will be using some of the chard from our box this week to make it.

    Serves 4swiss-chard-camelcsa-310709

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 20 – 30 minutes

    150 ml white wine
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
    300g peas (frozen are fine)
    150 ml water
    100g chard, washed
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    440g orecchiette
    2 Tbs flat leaf parsley, chopped
    extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

    Put the wine, garlic and chilli into a large pan and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the volume has reduced by half.  Add the peas to the pan with the water and simmer for 2 minutes.  Next add the chard and stir quickly to wilt, then remove from the heat.  Remove half the pea/chard mix from the pan and blitz in a blender or food processor, then return it to the pan, stir and season well.  Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.  Add the pasta and cook for about 10-12 minutes (or according to the instructions on the packet), then drain.  Toss the pasta with the sauce, add the parsley and mix well.  Season and serve drizzled with good olive oil.