Veg Box Hell Update – Boxes 5 & 6 At Once!

9 Jan

It has been a while since I’ve updated on what has happened to the contents of my regular fruit and veg box delivery. But it has been Christmas…

Since the last Veg Box post I have had a couple of new deliveries:

Some stand out items here – the pak choi (which is what I believe it is), the courgettes and the savoy cabbage (which I love when cooked correctly!) So stand by for a little update…

I decided to get the wok out and cook the pak choi in the way it was meant to be cooked, in a vegetable stir fry, which mean I could use some onions and the red pepper too! The stems looked a bit thick and woody and I thought that a quick stir fry wouldn’t be enough to cook and soften them, so stupidly I decided to soak them in boiling water before putting into the hot wok (with sesame oil and soy sauce).

They went brown and slimy
Should I have cut them in half lengthways and dispensed with the hot water first?
They were tough, slimy and overcooked all at the same time and we had to pick them out. Which meant my Chinese style vegetables consisted of red pepper and onion.Which isn’t very Oriental at all!

This moves neatly on to the use of the courgette which again I decided to add to something with an Eastern flavour. But this time I didn’t leave it to chance and bought a char-sui sauce from a Chinese supermarket and a tin of water chesnuts. I added both to some fresh noodles and sliced courgettes and I made this:
I’ll confess I don’t trust my wok cooking, I am never sure that it is hot enough or that anything is actually cooked so I tend to either pre-heat or boil the ingredients (see above) before putting them in or overcooking them madly in the wok, which kind of defeats the idea of stir frying. As you can see here the sauce is boiling away to sludge!
Still, it tasted ok, despite being more like a dense noodle stew than a light, stir-fried dish of delicate flavours.

Onto my lovely cabbage! I was a bit stumped so asked Twitter for help. Everyone was most helpful and taking on board a few suggestions I decided to blanche in salted boiling water before steaming lightly then serving with some butter. I’ll admit it was all a bit of a rush and I was worried about overcooking and losing that ‘savoyness’ but it actually worked:
I’m very happy with this, it was served up with a roast dinner that used up the carrots and potatoes too.
Good Veg Box, well done boy.

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8 Responses to “Veg Box Hell Update – Boxes 5 & 6 At Once!”

  1. Claire Jones-Hughes (@contentedmummy) 09/01/2012 at 10:59 am #

    Bless ya! You can cook after all 🙂 I’ve just ordered a weekly veg box, so very happy and inspired to stumble on this. I never got the hang of stir fries, so tend to cook meat and veg seperate and add the sauce at the last minute. Seems to do the trick. If in doubt, cheat! x

    • Alice Can't Cook 10/01/2012 at 11:37 am #

      Hi, thanks for reading Claire! I like the though of doing stir-fry in two parts, good idea.
      Enjoy the veg box, it really is great, like getting a present every week. It also forces you to try new things and eat more veg obviously. I had a category called Veg Box Challenge (under Whats on the Menu?) and you can see all the boxes I’ve had and what I have done with them.

      Enjoy your vegs! x

  2. Emmeline (@Emm) 09/01/2012 at 11:23 am #

    I think your ‘pak choi’ was actually swiss chard. Steaming it works well, but the stems are quite tough sometimes.

    • Alice Can't Cook 10/01/2012 at 11:39 am #

      *Adopts Peter Kay Voice*
      Swiss? Chard? Swiss Chard?

      What the hell is that? Oh balls, see, not only can I not cook but I don’t know what a lot of things are…
      OK thanks, will have to check that out.

      Thank you for reading, happy new year Emm xxxx

  3. veghotpot 09/01/2012 at 11:49 am #

    I also think it was swiss chard, what I do is cut the leaves off so you are left with the stems and slice these quite thinly then fry them for about 5 minutes before adding the leaves and fry for another 5 minutes or so (then it will all be cooked perfectly!). I really enjoyed reading about your veg box challenges! It’s a great way to try new things 🙂 xx

    • Alice Can't Cook 10/01/2012 at 11:41 am #

      Honestly have never heard of Swiss Chard!!!! Thank you so much, this sounds like a great idea, if I get it again I will certainly do this.

      I love my veg boxes, like foodie presents every week, yes they are a great idea if you need to try new things in the kitchen.

      Thanks for reading, and your comment, great to hear from you xx

  4. All That I'm Eating 14/01/2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I love your veg box stories, they’re so funny. I’m not laughing at your misfortune, don’t get me wrong! All the veggies I blog about are from my veg box or the farmers’ market so I know where you’re coming from when you just don’t know what to do with it all. I love recipes where you use a few of the veggies at once.

    • Alice Can't Cook 16/01/2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Ah thank you! That’s great to hear.
      The laughing is fine, I know you know what I am going through.

      Yes I think I need to see the vegs as things that can be combined, so use a few in a stew or curry etc. Instead of individual items. Might make it a bit easier.

      Thanks for reading. New box arrives this week! xxx

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