Veg Box Hell – Number One

19 Oct

So, my second Fruit & Veg Box arrived today. Which means its time to update on what I did with the contents of the previous one.

Rules are:

  • 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

I made a Leek & Potato Soup, following a recipe I found online and had to keep refreshing my phone so I could see it. Anyway I only had a red onion, which I didn’t think would make a difference. Oh but it did. Here is my soup:

No artistic swirls I’m afraid, that is crème fraiche which I know doesn’t swirl. Does it?

And isn’t it meant to be whiter or at least paler? The red onion has made it go brown. I served it up to my husband who said ‘oooh mushroom soup?’ It was far too salty.

A few days later using the carrots, courgettes, rest of the leeks and scraping off some corn from a cob I decided to make Vegetable Frittatas. A recipe included with the box, and of which I was assured would become a regular staple and easy way of finishing up any unused vegetables.

All of the ingredients are grated and bound together with flour and egg and made into little balls. Easy, look:

Then they are squashed into patties using a floury hand and cast into a hot, oily frying pan. I set up a little production line. Which ended up being far from easy as one hand was always covered in a sticky, veggie, floury mixture and the other was trying to flip the fast cooking patties. After a stressful 30minutes and a kitchen that looked as if I had set off a flour and sweetcorn bomb in the middle of it I created these:

Not so bad you see – the fact I had left them to dry all together on a plate and not a cooling rack meant they were greasier than a biker’s jeans but still we ate them. They were EDIBLE! But maybe not a regular use for the veg box then?

On to my little green bullet balls, or gem squashes as farmers and Twitter like to call them. These elusive, rare creatures had me worried for days. But I decided to bite the bullet (balls) as it were and just bake them. I’d been assured you could serve them as wedges with butter and black pepper for a vegetable side dish. After about 40minutes in the oven they had turned into black, shiny swollen cannon balls. I pricked one with a serving fork, an angry hiss escaped and then it collapsed. Oh dear. Inside was not a firm fruit to be cut into wedges and dipped into the mayo I had spooned out but some orange mash.
But that’s ok because then we had gem squash mash with our tea. After de-seeding each provided about a tablespoons worth:

For reference that butter knob is about the size of a 50 pence piece. All very sweet and tasty but am not sure they were worth the electricity.

Onto the fruit pudding, well sadly there isn’t a fruit pudding this week because we ate all the apples and bananas before I had chance to think about what to do with them. Will try harder next time. But I have stuck to all of the Veg Box Challenge Rules apart from that one!

Here is my new box:

Look at that bloody red cabbage taunting me?

Wish me luck!

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13 Responses to “Veg Box Hell – Number One”

  1. Dan 19/10/2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Red cabbage is gorgeous, especially in a hot, mulled winey kind of vinegar. I’d get going with that first…

    • Alice Cant Cook 20/10/2011 at 8:47 am #

      Hot, mulled, winey kind of vinegar? What the hell are you talking about? Can you buy that? Tesco don’t have that?

  2. Claire 19/10/2011 at 9:15 pm #

    red cabbage is a challenge, don’t cook it but try a wintry coleslaw – finely slice with a red onion and fennel (or carrot) and mix with lashings of mayo/yoghurt ( proportions depending on how healthy you want it) and a tablespoon of mango chutney. serve with roast chicken.

    Sad to hear the squashes didn’t turn out nice, the fritters look lush though.

    • Alice Cant Cook 20/10/2011 at 8:48 am #

      Mmm like the thought of a winter coleslaw. That could be a good use for my cabbage. I also have red onions and carrots! I sense a plan coming on…. thanks Claire. x

  3. Missy 20/10/2011 at 2:00 am #

    Thank you for making me laugh out loud!!

    • Alice Cant Cook 20/10/2011 at 8:49 am #

      Ah thank you Missy. What an ace comment.
      I laugh a lot in my kitchen too, I have to laugh otherwise I’d cry!
      Thanks for reading xx

  4. Blag 20/10/2011 at 6:23 am #

    Red cabbage scares you – qait to you get kale every week all winter, you better start searching recipes for it now!

    • Alice Cant Cook 20/10/2011 at 8:50 am #

      Kale? I’ll be using it for pet bedding.
      xx

  5. eyejewesl 21/10/2011 at 2:47 pm #

    This is supposed to be ‘Easy’ and as it involves alcohol you could ignore disasters and just drink the cider;-}
    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3064/braised-red-cabbage-with-cider-and-apples

    • Alice Cant Cook 22/10/2011 at 5:24 pm #

      Ah thanks Julia, this looks like a fab recipe. I do have some cider actually – I’ll let you know how I get on.
      Thanks for reading love xxx

  6. All That I'm Eating 23/10/2011 at 6:35 pm #

    I love a veg box. It always makes it more interesting. I made red onion and potato soup and it was the same colour as yours and tasted lovely. Your fritters look good too. Red cabbage is always good in a stir fry…

    • Alice Cant Cook 24/10/2011 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks for that All That I’m Eating!
      Yes a veg box does force you to try new stuff out.

      Thanks for that red onion comment, of course the colour doesn’t matter I suppose but always weird when you expect something to turn out one way and it looks completely different.
      Sadly it wasn’t the red onion that made it taste bad it was the fact I had added in extra salt to what was already in the stock. Was a bit salty!

      I shall look into the stir fry – that cabbage is still taunting me!

      Thanks for reading xx

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