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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.209 – Christmas roasted vegetables with honey and spice

    Posted on December 20th, 2013 charlotte No comments

    This dead-simple combination of winter vegetables works well with turkey or ham. There’s time to cook it while the turkey rests. The recipe is part of the Season’s Eatings (groan!) mini-series from John Lewis.

    Serves: 4

    Preparation time: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 30 minutes

    1 mini squash
    4 carrots
    4 parsnips
    2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 tbsp honey
    3cm ginger root, grated
    large pinch of allspice

    Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Scrub the carrots and parsnips (don’t peel) and cut lengthways into evenly sized chunks. Peel the squash and cut into thick slices, removing the seeds. Place the vegetables in a roasting tray with the garlic cloves. Drizzle with the olive oil and stir well so the vegetables are coated. There should be enough space for them to sit in a single layer or they will steam instead of roasting.

    Roast the vegetables in the oven for about 30 minutes until tender. Meanwhile combine the honey, ginger and allspice. Ten minutes before the end of cooking remove the veg from the oven and pour over the glaze. Return to the oven until sticky and caramelised.

  • Seasonal local recipe No.203 – Nigel’s gratin of pumpkin and borlotti beans

    Posted on November 10th, 2013 charlotte No comments

    The large amount of double cream in this Nigel Slater recipe made me wilt. So when trying it out I put in a lesser quantity of creme fraiche mixed with yoghurt, and tinned borlotti beans in the absence of fresh.

    A firm and flavourful winter squash from my veg box substituted the more watery pumpkin, so I hope I got away with it! Result: still the “resoundingly satisfying family meal” that Nigel intended.

    Serves 6

    Preparation: 15 minutes
    Cooking time: one hour

    3 small onions, roughly chopped
    5 tbsp oil
    1kg pumpkin or other yellow-fleshed  squash (peeled and seeded weight)
    250g borlotti beans (weight before podding)
    350g gruyere
    500ml double cream
    30g grated parmesan

    Warm the onions in the oil in a deep pan. Cut the pumpkin into large dice, then add to the softened onions and continue cooking till the pumpkin has coloured a little at the edges. Set the oven at 180C/gas mark 4.

    Pod the borlotti and boil the beans hard for 10 minutes in unsalted water then drain. Cut the gruyere into large dice and scatter in the bottom of a large baking dish. Put the onion and pumpkin on top of the cheese, add the drained borlotti beans, then season with salt and black pepper. Pour over the cream, scatter the top with grated parmesan and bake for 35-45 minutes till the cheese has melted and the cream is bubbling around the edges.

  • Sweet autumn squashes or pumpkins in our veg boxes

    Posted on November 9th, 2013 charlotte No comments

    This week both standard and small boxes have: –
    * Uchiki kuri or Bon Bon squash, or Jack o’ Lantern pumpkin (Camel CSA)
    * small mixed salad bag (Camel CSA)**
    * bunched carrots (Camel CSA)
    * chillies (Camel CSA)
    leeks (Restharrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    parsnips (Restharrow)
    potatoes ‘Wilja‘ (Restharrow)

    Standard boxes also have: –
    extra potatoes
    purple sprouting broccoli (Camel CSA)
    * radicchio (Camel CSA)
    beetroot (Camel CSA)

    * = grown to organic principles
    ** salad bag – lettuce, mibuna, mizuma, baby leaf beet, rocket

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.165: Squash & sage risotto

    Posted on October 24th, 2012 charlotte No comments

    This autumnal twist on a traditional Italian favourite comes from Barney Desmazery, food editor of BBC Good Food. He uses butternut squash but I substituted the grey-green Crown Prince variety from Camel CSA’s weekly veg box. And still had plenty left over to make a big batch of spiced squash soup.

    Serves: 4
    Preparation: 10 minutes
    Cooking time: 40 minutes

    1kg squash , peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
    3 tbsp olive oil
    bunch sage , leaves picked, half roughly chopped, half left whole
    1½ l vegetable stock
    50g butter
    1 onion , finely chopped
    300g risotto rice
    1 small glass white wine
    50g parmesan, finely grated

    Before you make the risotto, heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Toss the squash in 1 tbsp oil together with the chopped sage. Scatter into a shallow roasting tin and roast for 30 mins until it is brown and soft.

    While the squash is roasting, prepare the risotto. Bring the stock to the boil and keep on a low simmer.In a separate pan, melt half the butter over a medium heat. Stir in the onions and sweat gently for 8-10 mins until soft but not coloured, stirring occasionally. Stir the rice into the onions until completely coated in the butter, then stir continuously until the rice is shiny and the edges of the grain start to look transparent.

    Pour in the wine and simmer until totally evaporated. Add the stock, a ladleful at a time and stirring the rice over a low heat for 25-30 mins, until the rice is cooked al dente (with a slightly firm, starchy bite in the middle). The risotto should be creamy and slightly soupy. When you draw a wooden spoon through it, there should be a wake that holds for a few moments but not longer.

    At the same time, gently fry the whole sage leaves in a little olive oil until crisp, then set aside on kitchen paper. When the squash is cooked, mash half of it to a rough purée and leave half whole. When the risotto is just done, stir though the purée, then add the cheese and butter and leave to rest for a few mins. Serve the risotto scattered with the whole chunks of squash and the crisp sage leaves.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.127: Spiced squash (or pumpkin) soup

    Posted on December 22nd, 2011 charlotte No comments

    This warming, spicy soup is a great antidote to rich, Christmas food. It’s an adaptation of a couple of classic recipes, using the squash or pumpkin as well as chillies, carrots, onions, garlic and parsley from this week’s Christmas vegetable boxes.

    Serves: 4

    Preparation: 20 mins
    Cooking time: 35 mins

    750g squash or pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and diced
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 tsp ground cumin
    1 tbsp ground coriander 
    1 fresh red or green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    2 onions, peeled and chopped
    2 carrots peeled and chopped
    1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
    1.25 litres vegetable or chicken stock
    Lemon juice
    Flat-leaf parsley or chopped chives

    Preheat the oven to 180°c/gas 4.

    Peel the squash or pumpkin, remove the stringy bits and seeds and discard them. Chop it into cubes and put in a roasting tray mixed with 1 tbsp of the olive oil, the garlic and the spices. Cook in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until soft and brown at the edges.

    Place a pan on a medium heat with the remaining olive oil. Add the carrot, onion, celery and chilli and sweat until softened but not coloured. Then mix in the roasted squash or pumpkin and the stock.

    Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes until all the vegetables are soft and cooked through.

    Blitz with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth. Taste and season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice, then sprinkle with some chopped parsley or chives.

    Serve with a swirl of creme fraiche and a scattering of toasted pumpkin seeds or crispy bacon pieces.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No 63: Spicy roasted squash

    Posted on September 25th, 2010 Trish No comments

    From Jamie Oliver’s The Naked Chef.  Good to add to a risotto, in a bread, or just to have as a really tasty vegetable.

    Serves 6

    Preparation: 10 minutes
    Cooking: 30 minutes

    1 medium/large butternut or other squash
    2 tsp coriander seeds
    2 tsp dried oregano
    ½ tsp fennel seeds
    2 small dried red chillies (or to taste)
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    1 clove of garlic
    1 tbsp olive oil

    Wash the squash, then cut in half. (If the skin on your squash seems very tough, it might be best to peel it.) With a large spoon, remove the seeds from the squash (try roasting these with a little touch of oil and some sea salt and have them with drinks – they’re really nice!). Cut the squash lengthways into quarters and then cut the quarters in half – you should have approximately 2.5cm thick, boat shaped wedges of squash. Put them in a bowl.

    Put all the dried herbs and spices in a pestle and mortar and pound them up with the salt and pepper to make a fine powder. Once you’ve done this, add the garlic clove and pound it into the spices. Scrape out the contents into the bowl and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Toss the squash thoroughly in the herb and spice mixture, making sure that all the pieces are well coated.

    Place the squash pieces in a line, skin side down, on a baking tray. Roast them in the oven at 200C/gas 6 for about 30 minutes, or until tender. The spicy flavour will cook into the squash and the squash will crisp slightly, the skin becoming caramelised and chewy.

  • Seasonal recipe No 11 – Squash (or pumpkin) and apple curry

    Posted on September 11th, 2009 charlotte 2 comments

    This week’s seasonal recipe comes from 14-year-old Jenny Simmons, our Duke of Edinburgh’s award volunteer.  She often cooks it for her family.  It can be found in Joy May’s Vegetarian nosh 4 students. 

    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    apples-Lord-Hindlipp 10-09-09 croppedCooking time: about 25 minutes

    1 tablespoon oil
    1 onion, chopped
    1 butternut squash – diced
    4 large potatoes – diced
    2 eating apples, cored and chopped into chunks
    1 dessertspoon curry paste
    2 mugs water
    1 vegetable stock cube
    2 tbsp raisins

    Naan bread, rice and yogurt to serve

    1. Fry onion, squash and potatoes in the oil for 5 mins until they begin to brown.

    2. Add the apple, water, stock cube, raisins and curry paste. Bring to the boil. Turn down the heat, put the lid on the pan and simmer for 15 – 20 mins until veg are cooked.

    Jenny says:

    “This is double the quantities in the cookbook.   We like to give it a bit of a mush at the end till we get the texture we like.”   

    Amounts may have to be adjusted depending on the size of the squash or pumpkin!

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

  • Light up with a Jack-o’-Lantern

    Posted on September 10th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    Now we’re entering the season of mellow fruitfulness, we’ve got a beautiful pumpkin in each vegetable box this week.  They’re Jack-o’-Lantern variety from Mark Norman, one of Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s expert growers, who runs his own horticultural business on the edge of Bodmin.

    Also in the small boxes:
    *potatoes (Camel CSA)
    Pumpkins-camel csa 11-09-09 *onions (Camel CSA)
    *parsnips (Camel CSA)
    *curly parsley (Camel CSA)
    *100g salad bag (Jane Mellowship)
    *pumpkin (Mark Norman)
    *1/2 cucumber (Jeremy Brown)
    *carrots (Jeremy)
    cauliflower (Richard Hore, Rest Harrow Farm, Trebetherick)
    tomatoes (Mr & Mrs Sanders, Polmorla Market Gardens)

    Standard boxes are the same as above except:
    *140g salad bag (Jane)
    *whole cucumber (Jeremy)
    *runner beans (Jeremy)

    * = grown to organic principles

    Try Camel CSA’s Recipe No 11 – Squash (or pumpkin) and apple curry

  • They deserve a medal!

    Posted on May 26th, 2009 charlotte No comments

    We’re having an extra mid-week volunteer session on Thursday as there’s so much work to do at Camel Community Supported Agriculture.  Charlotte, Kitty and Mike S have already put their names forward.

    carrotsWe need to plant out brassicas, celeriac, parsley and spring onion plants and, if we have time, sow sweetcorn and squash seeds.

    If you’re able to give a hand, we’ll be on the site this Thursday 28 May between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Click here for directions. 

    If you can’t make it on Thursday morning, why not give expert grower Jeremy Brown a ring on 07971762227 to find out when else it might be convenient to help out.

    Medals all round

    Last Sunday’s team deserves special praise.  Everyone got down on their knees and hand weeded. 

    weeding-carrotsThe onion, shallot and Swiss chard beds were comparatively easy to tackle, but weeding the carrots by hand was an exacting and extremely fiddly job. The air was blue at times.  We’ll savour every single one of those carrots when they appear in our weekly vegetable boxes!

    Grateful thanks to volunteer expert growers Jane, Jeremy and Mark and to their willing helpers – Beverley, Cath, Carolyn, Charlotte, John, Kitty, Mike H and Mike S.

    There’s so much effort going into preparing the first vegetable shares, which should start to be available in mid-June.  A lot of thought is being given to when and how they will be picked, packed and distributed.  

    We’ll be working on the site as usual next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Do come along and enjoy the fresh air and exercise.  It’s not all hard work.  It’s good company – and fun too.

  • Sunday jobs – Whitsun weekend

    Posted on May 21st, 2009 charlotte No comments

    We need all the help we can get on Sunday.camel-csa  The growing season has hit us with a vengeance at Camel Community Supported Agriculture .  Weeds are shooting up – they love this showery weather! 

    Expert grower Jane Mellowship says: –

    “On Sunday we have lots to get done. Brassica, celeriac, parsley and spring onion plugs need to be planted out, there’s sweetcorn and squash to sow and plenty of weeding too.

    Hope to see you all then!”