Friday, 19 October 2012

Foody Friday

In a bid to save money, be healthier and eat a more varied menu each week, we decided to start getting an organic vegetable box delivered. So, last Friday we received our first box of Abel & Cole organic veg, and it was tasty! It's definitely saved us money, as there was no need to pop out to the supermarket for a couple of things, which always ends up with us buying a couple of bags worth and spending far too much. And we've enjoyed some really delicious meals this week. I always plan the menu for at least the week, though I did it for three weeks this month, and then I do an online shop for meat and long-lasting foods. Our dinners were starting to look a bit samey, so the injection of these scrummy vegetables - some of which I just wouldn't think to buy normally - has really livened up our meal times.

Romanesco Cauliflower
Romanesco Cauliflower - God's own vegetable!
What was in our box, I hear you asking.
Romanesco Cauliflower
Portobello Mushrooms
Cos Lettuce

The Romanesco Cauliflower is stunning to look at. It's like some sort of sea creature. The hubby reliably tells me it is a brilliant example of a fractal. To read a beautiful description of this beautiful vegetable, check this article.
We enjoyed this roasted and it was gorgeous. A mellow, slightly nutty flavour, with none of the bitterness of normal cauliflower. If you want to try it, just toss it in a little olive oil and put in a hot oven for 20-30 minutes. I put ours in with the roast potatoes for Sunday lunch - part way through cooking and I turned the florets after about 15 minutes.

The Portobello mushrooms, I griddled and covered in garlic butter, and served them on top of cheesy red lentils. A great source of protein and B loved it.

I stir-fried the Kale in a little olive oil and butter with a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg, and we've enjoyed this a few times this week.

My favourite meal this week was fennel and mushrooms in a cream sauce with kale and tagliatelle. It was devoured at great speed by B too.

This week's box is a mixed fruit & veg one. It arrived at 7 this morning, and contains:
Red Pepper
Pointed Cabbage
Green Cauliflower

I sense the hubby's Cauliflower Cheese Soup coming up!

What was your favourite meal this week?

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