Glorious Veg!

I subscribe to a veg box from Riverford so I thought I would show you some of the meals I have made using the vegetables in my latest box. I was also lucky enough to snag some veg from my in-laws veg patch when we last there, so thought I would include these too.

I get the UK organic veg box from Riverford once every 3 weeks and this was the list of contents from out last box (sorry for the oil stains!)

And here is the veg from my in-laws, which includes pumpkin, spinach, chard, cucumbers, gherkins, turnips, beetroot and spring onions.

To start off with from the veg box I made leek and potato soup, I love leeks and this is one of my favourite soups! This did me for one supper and lunch for my Husband, Brother and me the following day. It’s definitely soup season and it’s an easy way of making lots of cheap lunches!

Next up is sausage and mash with veg, utilising the potatoes, onions, carrots, romanesco and kale from the veg box. This is another Autumn fave!

The butternut squash was used for more lunchtime soup, I added half a scotch bonnet pepper to this and although it was hot I could taste the fruity flavour from it.

Even my lazy dinners were getting in on the action, I used the last remaining potatoes to make wedges and added mushroom and onions to this dinner with Fry’s schnitzel and beans to up the veg count.

I bought some vegetable suet to make dumplings to go into this lentil stew, it also featured carrots, spinach, chard, turnip and romanesco. This again made multiple portions which I have been enjoying in the week for lunch.

At the weekend I roasted the beetroot and served it with quinoa (which had the spring onion running through it) kale and Violife’s new vegan halloumi. I love the variety of the different beetroots and the golden ones are definitely sweeter.

I have never tried fresh gherkins before so I was interested to see what these like. They are quite prickly when you are picking them and their texture is quite firm with a smaller cucumber like core. My Mother-in-law said she had seen a recipe for curried gherkins so I decided to look it up. This was quite spicy for me so I would reduce the amount of chilli powder next time although it is countered somewhat by the coolness of the gherkin. I wouldn’t eat this dish on its own with rice but use it in a thali where you are having lots of little dishes.

Next up we tackled the pumpkin, I asked my Husband to cut it into wedges so I could roast it before I pureed it.

I saw this recipe for pumpkin blondies on my blog feed so I thought I’d give it a go. I would probably bake them a little longer than the recipe says next time and the texture was a little too squidgy for my liking but the taste was lovely.

The rest of the pumpkin went to make… you’ve guessed it – pumpkin soup! This soup was a little thinner than I would usually make but the sage and pumpkin pairing was delicious.

Out of the five cucumbers I gave three away to my Sister-in-law, my Mum and my work colleague, Luke, leaving me with two. These cucumbers are a different variety to the ones you get in supermarkets, they have spikes and thicker skins which need removing and have proper seeds in them. As it’s no longer salad weather I decided to put these in a soup but I wanted it to be quite filling so I went for a recipe that included potatoes. 

So there you have it. Have you been making any dishes with the vegetables front and centre? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Glorious Veg!

Planet Organic Vegan Market

This week the organic supermarket Planet Organic held vegan markets at their various stores around London showcasing some of the products they sell with the opportunity to meet the product company owners and trying loads of samples!

I attended the market at Devonshire Square with my vegan pal Mitsu yesterday.

I have used clearspring products for a long time but I’ve never tried their soya mince/chunks. I’ve been reducing my processed soy consumption but for those once in a while times this looks like a good option as they use organic European soya beans.

I love the spiralina bounce balls and they’ve just had a revamp of their packaging. These are great as a snack or to have pre or post exercise.

This was a company I haven’t heard of, they make falafel and wraps which contain 5 different vegetables. The falafel a are baked and come with a dip.

These Be Mindfuel soups are high in protein and are the thickest powdered soups I’ve ever come across. I like to make my own soup so I don’t think I would use these but they are great to have in your cupboard or drawer at work.

I’ve tried cheese from Nutcrafter Creamery before but I was really excited to try their new alternative to Halloumi that I had seen on their instagram feed. It didn’t disappoint! All their cheeses are cashew based and they also have a cashew based “butter”.

I’ve seen these pastas made with beans in various location but it was mainly the price that put me off. We tried the soya beans spaghetti in a tomato sauce and it was really filling. You definitely would need to put a lot with this so it like having a complete meal which definitely makes it more attractive to me.

Coconut Collaborative make gorgeous yogurts, frozen yogurts and desserts. My Mum is a new convert to their little chocolate pots and they’ve just released some some little lemon pots which I’m really excited to try. 

Lastly we have Themptation with their hemp based houmous and pesto. These were really tasty and an easy way to get some hemp into your diet with all those omega 3’s.

It was really great to see Planet Organic promoting these vegan products and suppliers. It’s so nice to meet the people that make these products and get a real sense of their ethos and trying before you buy is always good!

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Planet Organic Vegan Market

Review – Sweet Greens Bournemouth

I went to visit my dear friend Karen last weekend. We see each other a couple of times a year and don’t speak much in the in-between so we have end up having a massive catch up!

When we were driving on Friday we passed a place that I noticed said “vegan” in the window and it wasn’t a place that I had seen coming up when I’d done my research on vegan Bournemouth. So the next day after we’d been vintage shopping I suggested we pop in for a hot drink and a cake.

Sweet Greens is an organic vegan cafe that specialises in raw food. It was a shame we had already eaten lunch (it was about 3pm we stopped by) as their counter looked full of yummy goodness including some stuffed mushrooms that looked particularly appetising.

We were eyeing up the banoffee pie on the menu but unfortunately it had been so popular it had already sold out. I went for a mint chocolate caramel slice and a matcha latte, while Karen and Jenna had a mint choc slice and a peanut butter slice to share with their drinks.

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The slice had a raw oatly flapjack like base with a mint caramel green layer and then the thick dark raw chocolate on top. This tasted really luxurious and not as saintly as some of the other raw desserts I’ve tried! Karen found it a bit rich and said she’d struggle to eat a whole piece. I loved the mug my latte came in and the sugar on the table was coconut palm.

The cafe itself is small and quirky, I wish I’d taken some photos of the inside. They had a bookshelf of vegan books you could read while eating and I had a good browse!

Next time I’m down in Bournemouth I’ll definitely be heading back to try out their lunch options and get my hands on some banoffee pie if I’m fast enough!

Have you been to Sweet Greens? What did you think? Do you have any other recommendations for vegan options on Bournemouth? Let  know in the comments.

Plumes x

Review – Sweet Greens Bournemouth