VegBox Recipes

Garlic

Garlic Garlic is a true "super-food", being famous for its health properties long before "super-foods" became trendy.

Decades ago, I remember seeing the garlic pills you could buy in chemists, promising all manner of health benefits. But the thought of chewing a garlic pastille for breakfast never appealed...

Luckily there are literally thousands of ways of using garlic and benefitting from its properties.

Buy?
Use your garlic while it is still firm and before the tops start sprouting green shoots.

Garlic that is past its best has started to rot and some of the cloves will feel soft or even hollow. Don't use these bits.

A few, very small green shoots are ok, but once they're established, you're better off planting them in a large pot (12 inch) in compost, about 2 inches deep, and seeing if you can grow your own garlic for next season.
Store?
Early season or "fresh" garlic has a purple shading to the outer leaves. This garlic hasn't yet been dried, so doesn't keep for very long.

It's best stored in the fridge and used within a week or so.

Late season garlic has the characteristic white outer leaves and has already been dried. It should keep in a cool, dark place for several months. Apparently a temperature of around 10-15 degrees C is ideal - as this prevents sprouting.

The French have long kept garlic in traditional earthenware pots with holes in the sides, because this allows the garlic to breathe and stops it going mouldy.

Garlic-infused olive oil is another way to store garlic, but it's important to thoroughly clean your storage container first. Storing it at room temperature can pose a risk of botulism (!) so it's best not to keep it for more than 3 weeks...
Cook?
Peel the cloves and crush, chop or slice, depending on the recipe.

Garlic is often added at the beginning of the cooking process, but it loses some of its health properties when cooked, so it can be useful to add a little at the end of cooking.

Cooked garlic is less likely to produce bad breath than raw garlic, though...

If you are using raw garlic, for example in hummus, adding some fresh parsley acts as a breath freshener.

If you just want a subtle flavour of garlic, chop a peeled clove in half and rub it over the pan or dish you're cooking with. This even works well with a salad bowl, if you want just a hint of garlic.

Perhaps one of the most delicious ways of enjoying garlic is roasted garlic.

Remember:
A garlic bulb is the entire plant.

A garlic clove is one segment of the bulb.

Confusing the two can dramatically alter the taste of your meal!

More Garlic Information

Garlic is native to Asia. It is a member of the onion family and comes in 3 varieties: white, pink and red.

It has been used in Europe for centuries and is probably most famously used in French and Italian cooking.

It can either be used to subtly add flavour to meals or it can become the main flavouring.

It is famous for boosting the immune system and (allegedly) keeping colds at bay. It's also an antisceptic and helps to detoxify heavy metals from the body.

Garlic Soup
This is, strictly speaking, a garlic and potato soup, but we call it garlic soup because it has so much garlic in! By roasting the garlic before using, it's much less pungent and has an even more delicious flavour.
Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1 bulb roasted garlic (or 1/3 bulb raw garlic
  • 1 lb potatoes (the type that will mash
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 litre water
  • 15 ml olive oil or sunflower oil
  • 100ml creme fraiche or cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, chopped (e.g. parsley, chevril, dill, chives

Method
  1. Gently heat the oil in a large pan.

  2. If using roasted garlic, separate the cloves and squeeze out the paste into the pan.

    If using raw garlic, peel the cloves and chop them roughly, before adding to the pan.

  3. Stir well and cover. Cook gently while you peel and chop the onion. Add the onion to the pan and stir. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.

  4. Wash the potatoes and chop them into small cubes. It's up to you whether you peel them. Add them to the pan. Stir well to coat with oil. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add the water & the stock cube and simmer the soup gently for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.

  6. If you want, you can liquidise the soup at this stage, using a hand blender.

  7. Remove from the heat and stir through the herbs and creme fraiche / cream cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve with chunks of bread.


Cupboard-To-Table

40 minutes

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We are particularly passionate about the seasonal wholefood cooking workshops Anna runs. Each session introduces participants to a new exciting and balanced menu for "delighting your appetite and uplifting your energy".

On Anna's workshops, you get to cook and enjoy a delicious, nourishing, three course organic vegan, wholefoods meal comprising ten different dishes.

Can you imagine?!

There are workshops coming up on May 20th, 23rd and 26th. We hope you take a moment to check her out. And if you go along, do let us know.

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"'Salad Soup' might sound silly - but think 'Gazpacho'! I dreamed this up when I was put on a mostly soup diet for a while and really wanted to make the most of salad ingredients as well as mixed veggie soup.

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Swiss Chard Pesto

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This is a useful way to sneakily hide chard from a fussy eater!

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Tasty Spicy Okra

This recipe has been sent in by Kay. This is what Kay wrote about the recipe.

"I love this way of cooking okra because its quick and easy, and you can experiment with the spices, or use (for example) lime juice to mix the spices instead of water.

The woman who showed me how to do it is called Kirti, and she was teaching me methods rather than recipes. Unfortunately therefore, I can't give you the added delight of the aromas, shelves full of jars, delightful cookware and enchanting atmosphere in her kitchen, or even any exact quantities! But try it anyway - its a great way of mixing spices, and the fact that they start off so dry is what prevents the okra going gluey."

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Tsatsiki

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Vegetarian Burritos with Fresh Cucumber and Tomato Salsa

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Watercress Soup

Although thought of as a summer leaf, farmed watercress is often available from UK growers in winter, too. It's packed with vitamins and its bright green colour can brighten up a cloudy winter's day. Or enjoy for a springtime lunch.

Watercress, Spinach & Goats' Cheese Salad

I invented this recipe one lunchtime when we were all craving salad - in the depths of winter. Our local farm shop had some fresh watercress and mixed winter leaves and the rest is, as they say, history.

The warm goats' cheese makes this salad a filling winter or springtime treat.

Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is a traditional, chunky soup, served with soup pasta. We often think of it as a summer dish, but with a little lateral thinking, you can create a soup that brightens up any winter’s day.

Winter Vegetable Pancakes

This is a great way to use up spare pancakes – or it’s easy to make them fresh. By rolling them into cannelloni shapes, filled with the vegetables, you can bake them and turn this into a treat of a dinner.

Winter Vegetable Soup

This soup is a family favourite. It’s a great way of using left-over winter vegetables and also sneaking a few more vitamins past the kids.

Got one? Send us your recipe!

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