Some hot news and helpful hints which needed to go out before the Christmas Box newsletters (coming very soon).
We have a few Christmas cakes available to order from the creator of HOTCAKES who has supplied us over the years from time to time. For those of you in the know (ie anyone who has ever bought one before) you will know how exquisite they are. Unfortunately Julie will only be making a few but for those of you whose Christmas depends upon it, do order fast and she will bake on request. All info is attached.
Large eggs will again be available to order from December 1st, now that the chickens are up to size. The price for large eggs has increased to £3.30 dozen owing to increased grain prices but is still an amazing price for Organic, FreeRange large eggs. We will continue to order medium eggs as well so please specify which size you would like when you order.
You should have received a few squashes of late and this week there are more. Hopefully you've been delighted and have been feasting on the hearty orange flesh in a roast or soup. However if you're still not a convert or worry what to do with them please see the recipe link below. Squash are one of the few vegetables which did well this year given the dry spring and the great thing about them is that you can store them as rustic decorations until you're ready to eat them. Squash store best at an even, room temperature; so indoors on a mantelpiece or sideboard is ideal. What is not ideal is an uninsulated barn. So rather than see them rot in the big apple bins that we have, we are passing them on sooner rather than later. If the weather should turn snowy cold again, it's quite possible that you'll be mighty grateful for the 'edible decorations' you have lying around.
Thanks to Lou & Martin McCurdy, scheme members in Brighton, for this delicious recipe.
Over the years we have spent many a newsletter praising the merits of, pushing the politics of, celebrating the culinary delights of and downright forcing the eating of... TURNIPS!!
Well it's taken the rest of the world a while to catch up but at last turnips are officially the vegetable of choice. Newspapers have recently run with the headline 'TURNIP MAKES COMEBACK THANKS TO CREDIT CRUNCH' With sales of turnips allegedly up 50%. Celebrity chefs are finally brave enough to use them.
Below are a few links to recipes for the turnips in your box this week. We've chosen to use them over other roots as it is forecast to be very cold and we couldn't bear to see a fantastic crop lost under potential snow. They are, or should we say 'were' (see 2007 recipe newsletter attached) one of the box schemes least popular vegetables but their fate truly is on the turn. Remember folks you read all about them and ate them here first!! Enjoy
Hot turnip news:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3073692/Turnip-makes-comeback-thanks-to-credit-crunch.html Worthy of note in this article is that the prices they quote for Tesco veg are MORE expensive than us!
Good luck and best wishes