Posted on October 9th, 2016 No comments
We had this dish for our tea last night, served with chapatis – delicious. The recipe is from The Telegraph Food and Drink pages. Asparagus, peas, white cabbage or carrot also work well instead of beetroot.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes
250 g fresh beetroot, with the leaves if possible, washed
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
2 sprigs fresh curry leaves
1 fresh green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 coconut, smashed flesh peeled and grated
Peel and coarsely grate the beetroot and finely slice the leaves, then mix them together. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the oil and then the mustard leaves. When the mustard seeds begin to crackle, add the curry leaves and the green chilli, then the red onion, grated beetroot and leaves.
Season with salt and continue to stir-fry for about five minutes. Finish with the grated coconut and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Posted on March 6th, 2016 No comments
This recipe was a technical challenge in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off. I’m going to make it tonight as a pudding for my Mum on Mothers’ Day. I may skip the candied beetroot hearts!
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40-50 minutes
For the cake:
250 g self raising flour
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
250 g cooked beetroot in natural juices
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
160 ml buttermilk
160 g butter, softened
230 g caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs
For the icing:
280 g cream cheese
50 g unsalted butter, softened
50 g icing sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the candied beetroot hearts:
2 raw beetroots
200 g caster sugar
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line a 30x20cm/12x8in traybake tin.
Mix together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder in a bowl. Blend the beetroot in a food processor until you have a rough purée. Put the purée in a bowl, add the vinegar and buttermilk. Mix to combine.
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, followed by half the dry mixture and half the beetroot mixture. Continue to mix gently, adding the rest of the dry ingredients and the remaining beetroot.
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 40-50 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning it out of the tin and leaving it to cool completely. Meanwhile make the icing. Beat together the cream cheese and butter until soft. Beat in the icing sugar and vanilla extract until they are combined, then spread the icing onto the cooled cake.
For the beetroot hearts, thinly slice the beetroot, and cut into 12 heart shapes. Boil the sugar in 200ml/7fl oz water until the sugar has dissolved, then add the beetroot hearts and simmer for about 10 minutes until soft and translucent. Using a fork, carefully remove the beetroot hearts from the hot sugar syrup and carefully lay them on paper towel to soak up any excess syrup. Slice the cake into 12 even squares, and then decorate each square with a beetroot heart.
Posted on April 19th, 2015 No comments
In the meantime young plants in the seeding tunnel are growing well in the warm conditions and strong spring light.
Posted on March 7th, 2015 No comments
This recipe is from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls book Veg every day. The original recipe was for a pumkin and raisin loaf but he suggested using beetroot instead – I’m not sure about the colour! The loaf itself is rich and sweet but also light as it doesn’t contain any butter or oil.
200g light muscovado sugar
4 large eggs, separated
200g finely grated beetroot
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
100g ground almonds
200g self-raising flour
a pinch of fine sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
A generous grating of nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas mark 3. Lightly grease a loaf tin, about 20 x 10 cm, and line with baking parchment. Using an electric whisk, beat the sugar and egg yolks together for 2-3 minutes until pale and creamy. Lightly stir in the grated beetroot, lemon zest and juice, raisins and ground almonds. Sift the flour, salt and spices together over the mixture and then fold them in, using a metal spoon. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Stir in a heaped tablespoon of the egg white into the cake mixture to loosen it a little, then fold in the rest as lightly as you can. Tip the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and gently level the surface. Bake for about one hour, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
Posted on March 6th, 2015 No comments
Spring has almost sprung and we’ve got plenty of greens in the vegetable boxes.
In all the boxes this week: –
*salad bag (mixed lettuce, mibuna, mizuna, red/golden mustard, baby beet/spinach, namenia, rocket)
curly kale (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
purple sprouting broccoli (Restharrow)
potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)
Standard boxes also have: –
Jerusalem artichokes (Restharrow)
* = grown organic principles
All produce grown by Camel CSA unless otherwise indicated
Please ensure you wash all vegetables carefully
Posted on October 31st, 2014 No commentsWe’ve got new crops of beetroot and spring onions from the polytunnels in our boxes this week. Have you carved the pumpkins in last week’s boxes ahead of Halloween? There weren’t any to be had for love or money in nearby Wadebridge today!*spring onions*kale
*parsnips (Mark Norman, Bodmin)potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)Standard boxes also have:Extra potatoes
*salad bag (rocket, mixed lettuce, golden mustard)
*cauliflower (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)All veg grown by Camel CSA unless otherwise indicated
* = grown to organic principles
Posted on September 4th, 2014 No comments
All boxes have basil, beetroot, peppers and aubergines this week.
Small boxes have:-
Potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)
Standard boxes also have:-
*Courgettes (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
All veg grown by Camel CSA, unless otherwise indicated
* = grown to organic principles
Posted on July 31st, 2014 No comments
This week all boxes have: –
* beetroot (Camel CSA)
* tomatoes (Camel CSA)
* cucumbers (Camel CSA)
* parsley (Camel CSA)
* courgettes (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
* broad beans (Camel CSA/Mark Norman)
* potatoes (Mark Norman)
Standard boxes also have:
* extra potatoes
* aubergines (Camel CSA)
* chard (Camel CSA)
* French beans (Camel CSA/Mark Norman)
* = grown to organic principles
Posted on January 26th, 2014 No comments
It has to be said I’m not a great fan of beetroot but this recipe has become a staple in our household. It is from Jamie Oliver’s book Cook with Jamie.
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
4 beetroots, peeled and cut into fine matchsticks
3 ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into matchsticks
lemon oil dressing – the juice of half a lemon mixed with 5 tbs olive oil, seasoned and well shaken
salt and pepper
200g feta cheese
a small bunch of fresh mint, smallest leaves picked
optional: a large handful of sunflower seeds
Dress the beetroot and pear matchsticks in a little of the lemon oil dressing and season with some salt and pepper. Taste to check the flavours are balanced and lovely, and add a little more lemon juice to check the sweetness of the pears and beetroots if you need to.
Divide the salad between four plates or put it on a big platter, crumble over the creamy white feta, and sprinkle with the baby mint leaves and the sunflower seeds if using them.
Posted on November 23rd, 2013 No comments
At Camel CSA we love making preserves. Our expert grower Bridget Gould recommends this beetroot relish. She says: “It’s delicious with cheese so I’ve made some for Christmas presents.” The recipe comes from gardener-come-foodlover Alys Fowler via West Country FoodLover magazine.
100ml balsamic vinegar
A handful each of fresh thyme and marjoram leaves
sea salt, to taste
zest and juice of one large orange
2 large red onions, finely diced
50g light brown sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
100g caster sugar
400ml red wine vinegar
sterilised jars with lids
Preheat the oven to 160C. Wash and peel the beetroot and cut into quarters. Place in a roasting tin with the balsamic vinegar, marjoram and thyme leaves, add az pinch of sea sla and grate over the orange zest (set aside the juice for later). Mix everything together with your hands, cover with foil and roast for 40 minutes or until you can pierce the beetroot with a knife. Set aside to cool completely.
The following day, coarsely grate the beetroot into a bowl, scraping in any juices from the roasting tin. Place the diced onions in a large, heavy-based pan wih the light brown sugar and olive oil. Set over a very low heat and stir gently until the onions soften completely and start to caramelise.
Add the sliced garlic, grated beetroot, caster sugar, orange juice and red wine vinegar. Gently simmer for 30 minutes until the liquid has reduced by about two thirds, stirring from time to time to stop it from sticking. You can tell when the relish is cooked when you can draw a spoon across the botom of the pan and it will initially stay clear before refilling wih syrupy juices.
Scoop the hot relish into sterilised jars, cover with waxed discs and put on the lids. Store in a cool, dark place for up to six months.