Well, what a treat! Claire was lucky enough to visit Organic Pantry farm last week. It was the only one of our suppliers we hadn’t met in person. A lovely family run business in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire – Franny, Johnnie and their son Freddie were very welcoming and it was great to see the results of organic farming first hand. By reinvesting in the countryside – planting hedges and keeping land either side of the hedgerows uncultivated, the amount of wildlife that has come back as a result, is phenomenal. Grey partridges, pheasants and sparrow hawks to name a few!
There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the food growing that you are just about to eat – in the fields were cabbages, sprouts, cauliflower (they may be back on the menu – fingers crossed), kale, Russian kale, cavolo nero, red onion and harlequin squash are on the menu. The crops are weeded until the plants are established, then vegetables, weeds and wild flowers are left to grow harmoniously. The fields are colourful and don’t look like finely mown lawns. In the poly tunnels, the vine, cherry and rebellion tomatoes were still in fine fettle as were the French beans.
It’s great to know the healthiest food we can eat, is in safe hands and they also bring in fruit & veg from other farms who have equally high standards.
Remember we have the following price offers:
3 for £12 on Screaming Chimp Chilli Sauces
2 for £8 on Storm Tea silky pyramid teabags
3 for £11.25 on Storm Tea silky pyramid teabags
Organic Red Onion Squash
Organic Harlequin Squash
Organic Red Chard
All fresh from the farm.
Shrooms! We’ll be offering different varieties of mushrooms. Last week, we had beautiful Oyster Mushrooms, this week we have the Portobello Mushrooms. We have had such a good response from our customers on their quality and taste and that’s what we are all about. Taste comes from organically grown, meaning no chemical sprays have been used.
Here are a couple of recipes for you to chew over.
Harlequin Squash is fantastic stuffed with rice and vegetables but we also fell in love with the recipe below:
Crusty Harlequin Squash Wedges
1 harlequin squash
25g grated vegetarian parmesan or vegan equivalent
15g bread crumbs *
2 garlic cloves –n chopped
4 tbsp parsley
2 tbsp thyme
Zest of one lemon
Salt & Pepper
- Wash and leave the skin on the squash. Slice lengthways along the natural ridges. The squash can be a little bit tough to cut, so be careful!
- To make the crust, combine the breadcrumbs, grated cheese, chopped parsley, chopped garlic, thyme and grated lemon zest.
- Place the wedges in an oven dish and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle the crust mixture and bake in the oven for about 30 mins, or until tender and the c rust is crispy – oven at 190ºC.
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Blue Cheese
- 2portobello mushrooms, stalks removed and chopped
- 50g butter (use olive oil or a good quality vegan substitute)
- 2 sprigs freshthyme
- 1 tbspolive oil
- ½onion, finely sliced
- 2garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ½pepper chopped
- 50g blue cheese – try Weardale’s Prince Bishop
- 50g breadcrumbs *
- 50g freshchives
- salt and freshly groundblack pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC or gas mark 6.
- Place the portobello mushrooms on a baking tra and divide the butter between each mushroom. Season with salt and pepper and put a sprig of fresh thyme in both the mushrooms. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, and add the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Add the chopped mushroom stalks and pepper and cook until nice and soft.
- Spoon the mixture into the baked mushrooms. Put the blue cheese on top and sprinkle breadcrumbs all over. Roast the mushrooms for a further 6 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbling.
- Put the mushrooms on a serving plate, sprinkle over the chopped chives and serve.
*A note on breadcrumbs. If you are left with stale bread, don’t waste it and throw it out! Cut it into small pieces and leave to dry out completely. Once dry and whizz in a food processor or blender until you’re left with…….well breadcrumbs!
(P.S. the sourdough’s are great for breadcrumbs – adding a bit extra tangy taste).
Recommend a Friend!
Word of mouth is the best way to spread the word and we’d love to reward our customers who tell their friends and family about us. We’ll be giving you, our lovely customers, a FREE SURPRISE TREAT every time you recommend a friend. Have your friend put your name in the delivery notes section when they order with us or alternatively, contact us with their name and as soon as they order for the first time, we’ll know who recommended them.