Veg Boxing Clever

6 Oct

I’ve decided to test myself.

I find preparing food from the earth from scratch the hardest thing of all. To take grown ingredients in their rawest state and alter their physical form so they become something edible and tasty.

This scientific process is called ‘cooking’ I believe?

I’ve signed up for a fruit and vegetable delivery box. You know, when a nice man in a van turns up regularly with a pot luck selection of seasonal bits and pieces. I love the idea but have always been put off because, well I’m not really sure what to do with anything. I boil carrots, bake potatoes and take peas out of the freezer and that’s about it.

But in my quest for improvement I’m going to take the plunge and try things out.  So the Veg Box Challenge has begun!

  • Use up everything in the box
  • Try out at least one of the suggested recipes
  • Don’t just boil the vegetables
  • Attempt a fruit pudding

Here’s the first box that came yesterday, there are some muddy potatoes in that bag:

So far, so simple, nothing looks too worrying, but I wasn’t sure what those bullet-hard big green balls were, so had to ask Twitter for help. Apparently they are gem squashes and I can bake them with butter. Sounds hard!

Ok, wish me luck, I’ll let you know how I get on. All suggestions welcome.

The boxes are coming every fortnight, I didn’t want to stretch myself too much at first…


6 Responses to “Veg Boxing Clever”

  1. Poppy.. 07/10/2011 at 1:11 pm #

    They look like really ‘clean’ vegetables !

    What about Leek and potato soup ?
    and you could make bananas in a toffee sauce served with some vailla ice cream or
    if your feeling brave leave them to blacken/ripen and attempt a simple banana loaf ?

    Happy to post recipes if your tempted.

    • Alice Cant Cook 10/10/2011 at 9:56 am #

      Hey Poppy! Clean vegetables? I should hope so the amount I am paying for them 🙂

      Now, I am going to attempt a leek and potato soup tonight, thanks for the idea.
      I have already used up some carrots and leeks in some fritattas – will report back soon.

      No thoughts on the pudding as yet but I am liking the toffee sauce and bananas idea. Although my friend recently who is an incredibly accomplished cook attempted to make some toffee and exploded a pan! I’d probably end up without a home.

      Thanks for your comment xxx

  2. Alice Cant Cook 11/10/2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Potato and Leek Soup was a nightmare! I only had a red onion which for some reason I didn’t think would make a difference – but it made the soup a hideous BROWN colour.
    Also – too much salt on top of what was in the stock.
    Mare. x

    • Jo 12/10/2011 at 7:35 pm #

      Salty soup, mmm. Reminds me of the carrot and coriander soup I made for my hall of residence’s Bonfire Night – when I was shaking a bit of soup into the massive saucepan, the lid came off and about 200g got dumped in. Fortunately, Nick stepped in (we had been going out less than a year at that point) and saved it with a mixture of fishing out salt crystals and watering the whole lot down with water and orange juice. I knew then he was the man for me.

  3. Alice Cant Cook 13/10/2011 at 8:43 am #

    Orange juice and salt soup Jo?
    So you’re nearly as bad as me?
    Ha ha though, do you two have it on your anniversaries to remind you of the cooking nightmare that brought you together?


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