Wednesday, 27 May 2009

There's a first for everything

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For a long time now I have been thinking about ordering an Organic veg box, but for some reason or other I never did. I always thought I'd never get through all the contents before they go off, that I wouldn't like not choosing my own fruit and veg from the shop, some of the stuff might not be all that fresh and that they are too expensive. Well, I was given the opportunity to finally try one and have to say I was so wrong.

Today my first Organic veg box from Abel & Cole arrived on my doorstep and all the reasons that always put me off in the past went straight out of the window. There isn't really any more fruit and veg than I would buy in a normal week anyways, I'm quite excited to find some things that I wouldn't normally buy *, all the produce is wonderfully fresh and you can even smell that it's gonna taste great and it doesn't really cost anymore than buying my veg at the store either.



I was excited to open the box and see what it contained: 5 apples, 6 oranges, 5 bananas, a bag of mushrooms, a punnet of cherry tomatoes, a cucumber, green lettuce, a sweetheart cabbage, a bag of radishes and potatoes. All lovely, fresh, colourful, untreated and sourced from British farms (apart from the Fairtrade bananas which of course didn't grow in Britain).




* Even though I have eaten and enjoyed sweetheart or pointed cabbage in the past, I have never bought and cooked it myself before. Does anybody have a great recipe suggestion for me?

14 comments:

Heatherfeather said...

Wow - you got such a nice assortment and everything looks so fresh. I have never tried sweetheart cabbage myself, but I did remember seeing it used on another blog I regularly check. Here is the link to the recipe I saw: http://nami-nami.blogspot.com/2005/10/fine-meal-of-mushrooms-and-cabbage.html

♥Rosie♥ said...

Your veggie box looks really a good one, so much assortment and you know it is going to be lovely and fresh.

Rosie x

J.Danger said...

wow! Looks so good. I think I need to find one out here. So cost effective too!

Jan said...

I want one!
They said they'd send me a veg box then said that sadly I wasn't in their delivery area :(
I was really looking forward to trying it and of course blogging about it.
I'd love to be able to order from them now that I've seen how nice it all is too.
That veg looks GOOD Sylvie!

Marie said...

Sylvie, I got the same box from them just yesterday and, like you, I was very impressed! Everything was fresh and great quality. I can't wait to cook with them. You can cook the sweetheart cabbage the same way you would cook any cabbage. I am thinking of making a spring greens frittata with some of mine!

Chelsea said...

Good for you!

I loved picking up my CSA box each week (before I was able to have my own garden). I had my doubts at first too, but then really began to look forward to those few surprise ingredients that inevitably were tossed in. I think that sparks a different kind of inspiration - and a challenge!

Web Designing said...

Your veggie box is cute..

job new Zealand said...

delightfully delicious..

Susan said...

That looks so neat, Sylvie! We got something very similar last summer and loved it. We might sign up again.

Sam said...

I get a veg box every week too!

It's so nice to have really fresh vegetables delivered to your door, I'm sure you'll be really happy with it.

David Hall said...

Hi Sylvie, best bit about the veg box is the surprise element! I love them. Well done on getting one.

Cheers
David

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Your reasons for getting a veg box are just the same as mine were 2 oe 3 years ago. I very much doubt you'll regret it!

Cabbage - shred, then saute with a few mustard and cumin seeds, chopped garlic, a little garam masala, and some chilli flakes until just al dente. Serve with daal and rice - yum!

Gloria said...

WOW!! Sylvie look soooo good! I think anything you make will be a sucess!!!!! is beautiful!xxGloria

Jacqueline said...

That veg box is very appealing!