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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.320 – Hugh’s Asian-inspired coleslaw

    Posted on April 8th, 2016 Janet No comments

    This recipe looks interesting – I’ve had similar salads in Thai restaurants so now is the time to try it at home, using the spring onions in this week’s veg boxes.  It’s from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s book River Cottage Veg Every Day!

    spring-onions-camelcsaServes 6-8

    Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
    ‘Relaxing time’: 10-20 minutes

    1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and sliced
    4 medium carrots, peeled
    1 small white cabbage
    For the dressing:
    2 Tbsp soy sauce
    primo cabbage-camel csa1 Tbsp clear honey
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
    2 Tbsp white wine or rice vinegar
    2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    To finish:
    A handful of coriander, roughly torn
    Lime juice

    Put the sliced spring onions into a large bowl.  Cut the carrots into fine julienne with a mandolin or grate them coarsely and add to the bowl.  Remove any blemished outer leaves from the cabbage, then quarter, cut away the core and shred the leaves as finely as you can.  Combine with the spring onions and carrots.

    For the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together, making sure the honey is dissolved.  Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss thoroughly.  Leave for 10-20 minutes to soften and ‘relax’.  Serve the coleslaw scattered with coriander and sprinkled with a few squeezes of lime juice.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.313 – Frank’s pad thai

    Posted on February 14th, 2016 Janet No comments

    We have spring onions and home-grown bean sprouts in this week’s veg boxes. My husband Frank adapted Felicity Cloake’s perfect pad thai recipe as we were lacking several other ingredients! If you haven’t got palm sugar he recommends using soft brown sugar. If you want a vegetarian pad thai just leave out the prawns.

    Serves 2

    Preparation time: 30 minutes
    pad-thai-camelcsa-140216Cooking time: 10 minutes

    120g 2-3mm wide flat rice noodles
    60ml fish sauce
    60ml tamarind water (you can use tamarind concentrate, thinned with a little water)
    60g palm sugar
    Pinch of chilli powder, to taste
    80ml groundnut or vegetable oil
    2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    100g firm tofu, chopped into small cubes
    8 large prawns
    2 large eggs, beaten with 1 tsp sesame oil
    100g beansprouts
    1 bunch spring onions, chopped
    50g roasted peanuts, roughly chopped, lime wedges, chilli flakes, fish sauce and sugar, to garnish

    Cook the rice noodles as directed on the packet until pliable but al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.

    Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining the fish sauce, tamarind and palm sugar in a small pan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar and taste – add more of any of the ingredients as you wish. Season with chilli to taste and set aside.

    Lay out all the ingredients within easy reach of the hob in the order they’ll be used. Put a wok on a high heat and add half the oil. Add the beaten egg and stir fry until cooked, remove from the pan.  Add the rest of the oil and the garlic and spring onions, stir fry for a few seconds. Add the prawns, stir fry until they are starting to turn pink, then add the beansprouts and tofu and stir fry for 30 seconds or so.

    Add the noodles, the cooked egg and the sauce, then stir until heated through and the noodles are soft enough to eat.  Serve with the garnishes for people to add as they wish.

  • Bean sprouts and spring onions in Cornish veg boxes

    Posted on February 12th, 2016 charlotte No comments

    It’s exceptionally muddy on our site after Storm Imogen brought torrential rain and high winds to Cornwall.

    In our weekly veg boxes today: –
    DSC_0123*spring onions
    *sprouted mung beans (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
    *curly kale
    celeriac (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    cauliflower (Restharrow)
    carrots (Restharrow)
    potatoes (Burlerrow Farm, St Mabyn)

    Standard boxes also have:-
    extra potatoes
    *Swiss chard or purple sprouting broccoli
    red cabbage (Restharrow)

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

    Try celeriac in these roots dishes on Camel CSA’s recipes page:-
    Three-root mash
    Three-root boulangère

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.295 – Hugh’s radish, mint and spring onion salsa

    Posted on September 26th, 2015 Janet No comments

    This taken from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s book River Cottage Light and Easy.  Hugh says “Crisp, crunchy and pretty, this colourful little side is delicious with chicken or fish.”

    Serves 4-6radishes-camelcsa-290515

    Preparation time; 10-15 minutes

    150 g radishes
    5-6 spring onions, trimmed and sliced
    2 Tbsp chopped mint
    2 Tbsp extra virgin rapeseed or olive oil
    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Trim the radishes, roughly chop them and put in a bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients, leave for 10-15 minutes if possible, then toss well and serve.

  • Radishes and spring onions in Camel CSA’s veg boxes

    Posted on June 25th, 2015 charlotte No comments

    The summer salad veg are ripening fast. Some of us also have the first of the cucumber crop this week, with plenty more to come.  Plenty!radishes-camelcsa-290515

    In all our boxes this week:-
    *spring onions
    *new potatoes (Mark Norman, Bodmin)
    *calabrese OR spinach (Mark Norman  / Camel CSA)
    *cauliflower (Mark)
    spring-onions-camelcsa*cabbage (Mark)

    Standard boxes also have: –
    extra new potatoes
    *kohlrabi (how to use it)
    *peas OR cucumber

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

    For nearly 300 vegetable recipe ideas go to this page on Camel CSA’s website.

  • Beetroot and spring onions in our veg boxes

    Posted on October 31st, 2014 charlotte No comments
    We’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!
    All boxes have:
    freshly-picked-beetroot-camel csa 04-09-09*beetroot (see recipe ideas below)
    *spring onions
    *parsnips (Mark Norman, Bodmin)

    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


  • Spring onions and white sprouting broccoli in veg boxes

    Posted on February 20th, 2014 charlotte No comments

    Signs of spring? The site’s still waterlogged, but light levels and temperatures are improving all the time.

    All boxes have: –
    * spring onions (Camel CSA)
    * sprouted mung beans (Camel CSA/Mark Norman)
    leeks (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    white sprouting broccoli (Restharrow)
    swede (Restharrow)
    white cabbage (Restharrow)
    potatoes ‘Wilja’ (Restharrow)

    Standard boxes also have:-
    extra 500g potatoes
    kale (Camel CSA)
    * Brussels sprouts (Camel CSA)
    Jerusalem artichokes (Restharrow)

    * = grown to organic principles

    • Fortnightly boxes also have a cauliflower, to make up for the missing onions.
  • Seasonal local food recipe No.153: Irish champ

    Posted on July 13th, 2012 charlotte No comments

    Potatoes and spring onions are the principal ingredients of this traditional Northern Ireland dish. This version comes from Irish cook Ita on allrecipes.co.uk. She says: “Great on its own, served steaming hot with extra butter which will melt through it. But it’s also the perfect side dish for good quality sausages.”

    Serves 4

    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    Cooking time: 25 minutes

    1kg (2 1/4 lb) potatoes, peeled and halved
    250ml (8 fl oz) milk
    1 bunch spring onions, thinly sliced
    1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    50g (2 oz) butter
    freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Place potatoes into large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.

    Drain well. Return to very low heat and allow the potatoes to dry out for a few minutes. (It helps if you place a clean tea towel over the potatoes to absorb any remaining moisture.) Meanwhile, heat the milk and spring onions gently in a saucepan until warm.
    Mash the potatoes, salt and butter until smooth. Stir in the milk and spring onion until evenly mixed. Season with black pepper. Serve piping hot in bowls. Hollow out the centre to hold a big knob of extra butter.
  • Seasonal recipe No 6 – Tabbouleh (bulgar wheat salad)

    Posted on August 7th, 2009 charlotte 1 comment

    Bulgar wheat salad has an earthy taste and uses an abundance of parsley, which features in Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s veg boxes this week.  This well-tried version of tabbouleh comes from Claudia Roden’s classic A Book of Middle Eastern Food.

    Soaking time: 30 minutes
    Preparation time: about 15 minutes

    Serves 6

    250g fine bulgar wheat
    3 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions
    Salt and black pepper
    About one and a half teacups finely chopped flat-leaved parsley
    3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
    4 tablespoons olive oil
    4 tablespoons lemon juice
    Cooked vine leaves, raw lettuce or tender cabbage leaves (to serve)

    Soak the bulgar wheat in water for about half an hour before preparing the salad.  It will expand enormously.  Drain and squeeze out as much moisture as possible with your hands.  Spread out to dry further on a cloth.

    Mix the bulgar wheat with the chopped onions, squeezing with your hands to crush the onions so that their juices penetrate the wheat.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Add the parsley, mint, olive oil and lemon juice, and mix well.  Taste to see if more salt, pepper or lemon are required.  The salad should be distinctly lemony.

    Tabbouleh is traditionally served in individual plates lined with boiled vine leaves, or raw lettuce or cabbage leaves.  People scoop the salad up with more leaves, served in a separate bowl beside it.

    tabboulehClaudia Roden adds: “As with most dishes, the preparation is highly individual.  Quantities of ingredients vary with every family, but parsley is always used abundantly.  This is a great Lebanese favourite.”  More about Claudia Roden.

    Compare her relaxed approach to Yotam Ottolenghi, chef/patron at Ottolenghi in London.  He insists there’s a right way and a wrong way to make this refreshing summer salad.  Click here to find out what he claims is the right way to do it.

    Click here to see all the recipes that Camel CSA members have recommended so far.

  • Beautiful plump peas

    Posted on July 9th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    Camel CSA 28-06-09The harvest from Camel Community Supported Agriculture includes some beautiful plump peas in this week’s share.  Otherwise we are providing a similar selection of vegetables to last week. 

    The broad bean glut continues so please think of different ways to use these versatile vegetables. Please pick up your box from St Kew Harvest, as detailed in the e-mail to members. 

    Subscribers can expect all or some of of the following: –

    • potatoes (Arran Pilot)
    • onions
    • broad beans
    • beetroot
    • peas
    • salad pack / lettuce
    • cucumber
    • courgettes
    • turnips

     A definitive list and recipe ideas for beetroot will be posted once the boxes have been packed on Friday.