Veg Box Hell – Number Two

9 Nov

So a new Veg Box this week, which means it’s time to update on what happened with my second one!

The rules of the Veg Box Challenge are as follows:

  • 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

Not a bad fortnight this time round, despite some misgivings about a red cabbage.

After not managing a fruit pudding last time I decided to get that out of the way first. I bought a 79p ready-made sweet pastry case. Now before I go on we have to acknowledge that we will NEVER be able to discuss real pastry on this blog, EVER, ok? Making pastry would equal Armageddon for me. Imagine The End of Days, but with a rolling pin…

Anyway, lets continue.
I sweated chunks of the big Bramley apples with some demerara sugar, ground Allspice and honey, the house smelt like Christmas! I added some raisins and then spread the fruity mix over the pastry case and baked it. And it worked. OK it was simple but served with some custard it was almost like a proper pudding! An apple and raisin tart, made by me:
The carrots, broccoli and potatoes were used up in a roast dinner (not made by me) and the satsumas were put in the fruit bowl.

But the red cabbage sat around for a while… I was going to attempt a winter coleslaw as recommended in the comments section for my last veg box post, but I still had to try out one of the suggested recipes. So on a cold, bonfire night I set about making the Braised Apple & Red Cabbage recipe to go with some bangers.

This involved dousing chopped up red cabbage, red onions and the remaining Bramleys with balsamic vinegar and brown sugar before baking under tinfoil for an hour (I also threw in some savoy cabbage I had lying around). And it was rather easy and delicious, I was amazed. Doesn’t look much I’ll admit but hooray a success you’ll agree!
Here is this fortnights box:
That ugly looking thing is a celeriac I believe? Looks like a shrunken head.

Wish me luck…


7 Responses to “Veg Box Hell – Number Two”

  1. love poppy 09/11/2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Alice you are tricking us… you can cook !

    P. S. There is no shame in shop bought pastry. especially all butter.

    • Alice Can't Cook 10/11/2011 at 9:26 pm #

      Haha, thanks Poppy, gosh maybe I can!? I still surprise myself sometimes with how bad or how good I can be. Its always the things I expect to go well that turn out terribly and vice versa.
      Thanks for reading always xx

  2. Claire 09/11/2011 at 3:19 pm #

    1. pastry is really easy, I promise and once you start you won’t stop
    2. here’s my favourite dish with celearic, which i love…

    put about 5 Tspn of olive oil in a heavy frying pan, add some pancetta or bacon and 6 cloves of garlic (whole). fry for a couple of minutes and then add chopped up (about 1 inch pieces) of celearic and 2 bulbs of fennel cut into 8s through the core (so they hold together), then add some white wine a large glass.

    Put a lid on top and cook for about an hour until it’s cooked through with a delicsious thick winey sauce – lush!

    Notes: keep an eye on the liquid and don’t let it boil dry – just add more wine (or water if you’ve drunk all the wine).

    I’d run out of white wine and made this with rose at the weekend, the flavour was great but the colour was a little strange.

    • Alice Can't Cook 10/11/2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Thanks Claire – this is a far better recipe than the one that was provided for the celearic so I think I am going to try yours instead. Will let you know.

      And no – no pastry. The very stuff of nightmares xx

  3. Tina@flourtrader 09/11/2011 at 9:28 pm #

    You are funny..shrunken head-ha! Well you do need to get your creative juices going but it looks like you fared well on your last box. I am curious to see what you come up with.

    • Alice Can't Cook 10/11/2011 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks Tina – good to hear from you.
      I always think I could do better and keep trying to be creative. I do love cooking, but sadly my efforts aren’t always rewarded. But yes sometimes I get a success which is why this is so much fun to write about – I just never know how its going to go. Believe me I always give it my best shot!
      Am going to set about that shrunken head tomorrow…

      Thanks for reading. Axx


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