A couple of evenings ago we got a vegetable box from fresh fields farm boxes and almost instantly I had to ask myself
What can you make with a veg box?
I don’t actually know.
You see, veg boxes never seem like picking up some simple groceries from the supermarket. You feel you are allowed to just throw them in to whatever you want, but a veg box seems like it needs a ceremony. The guy who sold them was telling me all about the heritage of each item and how the cauliflower isn’t your usual cauliflower it is special, probably has its own tartan and it might be worshipped by the celts as an aphrodisiac or something, but I am just a simple cook with simple needs and I don’t even like cauliflower.
So why on earth did I get the box in the first place?
That is a good question, it is partly down to a good seller, he was so chipper and relentless I was tempted to check if he was on Duracell batteries like the bunny. In truth though it is because I like to challenge myself because invariably I gain something from it. Not always of course but more often than not my life gets a little better because of something I gained from trying something new.
So we took delivery of the box which includes; a very regal looking cauliflower and cabbage that looks exactly like they do in paintings and carrots with their tops on!!!, and a fair amount of soil.
The veg in the box was:
- 1 onion
- 3 apples
- 6 carrots
- 1 swede
- 1 pumpkin
- 1 cabbage
- 1 cauliflower
Where to store it all?
The box is supposed to last 3 weeks and so all this new veg is great and all but our fridge just doesn’t have the space to store it and much of it is still covered in the soil it was growing in. I would prefer to clean it up as I go and it will make a mess of the fridge as it is. With the sudden cold weather outside it seemed easier to put the root veg in the garage. The rest just made it into the fridge.
What do I make with it all?
Now it is stored and waiting to be used I really need some ideas on how to use it. The main challenges for me are the cabbage and cauliflower because neither of us have ever really liked them. Only I like swede but there is a lot of it. We both like onions, potatoes and carrots. Little one and I like apples. So it is a complex list of who likes what which makes me worry that a lot of it will go to waste. I also don’t want to get sick of it simply because we have too much.
We took the challenge as practice in the lead up to Christmas and since little one is away with the grandparents this week it seems a good time to start trying new ideas.
So far I have learnt the following lessons which will be published in the next few days.
- How to make coleslaw in 5 minutes
- What can you do with Cabbage?
- Steak and roast vegetables is easier with teamwork!!!
- How to make gravy from effortless fresh vegetable stock
- bacon and mozzarella salad with roast veg and cabbage
I’m open to ideas The idea of veg boxes is brilliant but in the first delivery we’ve taken on too much. So please help, we need advice on what to do. I have a fussy wife and a toddler. I can eat most things but I get bored quickly.
This is our challenge. We’ve accepted it so can anyone help us get through all this food by enjoying it and not wasting it. Hopefully learning something along the way.