Author Archives: Kim Hartshorne

South African Grapes

South African grapes are now in season and this week we are spoilt for choice. We have three varieties and it is difficult to choose between them. They all have a different taste, the black Sable are rich with a jammy flavour, the Thompson green grapes are rich and sweet, whilst the Sweet Sensation are a fresh tasting sweet crunchy red grape. If you can’t decide between the three, why not try one of our mixed bags £3.50 500g.

Pasta for Valentine’s Day or any day.

We all know Italians are known for romance and food, and La Tua Pasta have combined both to bring you four different varieties of heart shaped ravioli,  a perfect romantic meal for Valentine’s Day.

Aubergine Parmigiana Ravioli Hearts (250g)

SERVES 1-2

£6.50

Each of these ravioli hearts is filled with slow-roasted aubergine mixed with garlic, tomato sauce, and fresh Italian mozzarella to make a delicious and moreish mouthful which is veggie-friendly. The pasta dough has a very high free-range egg percentage (30%). They use a special blend of 00 and durum wheat flour with a touch of tomato powder to give these hearts that subtle touch.

Black Truffle & Ricotta Ravioli Hearts (250g)

SERVES 1-2

£7.50

This heart-shaped ravioli, like all their fresh pasta, is made using a high free-range egg percentage (30%) which is said to be a sign of quality. They use a special blend of 00 and durum wheat flour to create the perfect pasta.

These hearts are filled with an elegant black Truffle & Ricotta filling giving you a smooth yet luxurious taste with each bite (which is also suitable for vegetarians).

Nduja & Mascarpone Ravioli Hearts (250g)

SERVES 1-2

£6.50

Like it Nice and Spicy? 

Using their normal blend of 00 flour, durum wheat flour and high egg content, they have captured the essence of St. Valentines in this elegant heart-shaped ravioli. This variation is filled with a tasty yet spicy Italian Calabrian Nduja salami spread combined with creamy ricotta cheese and Italian hard cheese.

Wild Mushroom Ravioli Hearts (250g)

SERVES 1-2

£6.50

These vegan-friendly hearts beautifully encapsulate this new filling using earthy wild mushrooms sauteed with garlic, seasoned with herbs then combined with a creamy yet vegan-friendly base to create a smooth blend. This Pasta is suitable for Vegans as it is made with Durum Wheat Flour and Water only and the filling is made without using animal-derived ingredients. 

Perfect paired with our mutti pasta sauces 

Parmigiano Reggiano £3.75 400g

Basilico £3.75 400g

Pecorino chilli £3.75 400g 

Yorkshire Rhubarb

There will be Yorkshire forced rhubarb available to pre order again this week from Thursday morning, lots of you have been enjoying this delicious seasonal fruit. If you are a gin lover we have a great simple recipe for Rhubarb gin. £5.50 for 500g

The Rhubarb is harvested by candle light to maintain the tenderness of the shoots and ensure that growth continues. This growing process produces rhubarb that is sweeter and more delicately flavoured with an especially vivid red colour.

This really is the best of British produce.

We all have our favourite way of using Rhubarb, simply stewed, in a crumble or my favourite rhubarb and stem ginger fool – delicious.

Village Greens Boxes

As you all know we are extremely passionate about recycling and zero waste at Village Greens, if you have a regular box from us you will know our plastic use is minimal and we will always collect your used box on your next delivery.

Most importantly we want our boxes to work for you. Sometimes our set box might not suit you, we are always able to tweak our boxes to suit your needs, just message us with your requirements. Some of our customers only like to receive fruit or vegetable only boxes. We also do Keto boxes which are very popular along with recipe only boxes.

If you can’t see what you are looking for on our website please just message us we are more than happy to help.

Valentine’s Day Cheese – Heart shaped Neufchatel Lait Cru

A perfect cheese for Valentine’s Day – French Dairy, Les Cateliers Neufchâtel Lait Cru Cheese (raw milk)

This cheese is made by a tiny family owned fromagerie Les Cateliers in Buchy, in the Seine-Maritime region in Normandy.

Neufchâtel is a soft, slightly crumbly, mold-ripened cheese made in the Neufachatel-en-Bray. One of the oldest kinds of cheese in France, its production is believed to date back to the 6th century. It looks similar to Camembert, with a dry, white, edible rind, but the taste is saltier and sharper. It has the aroma and taste of mushrooms. Unlike other soft-white-rinded cheeses, Neufchâtel has a grainy texture. It is usually sold in heart shapes. It wasn’t originally heart shaped, however, and although the heart-shaped design wasn’t invented for St. Valentine’s Day, it did come about through love…During the Hundred Years’ War (1337 – 1453), the French dairymaids of Neufchatel naturally fell for their English occupiers.

Consequently they started to mould the cheese into a heart shapes to give as gifts. It is typically matured for 8–10 weeks.

The Fruit – Sicilian Blood Oranges

We have included Moro (Sicilian blood oranges) in both boxes – The ‘Moro’ is the most colourful, with deep red flesh. The flavour is stronger and the aroma is more intense than a normal orange. This fruit has a distinct, sweet flavour with a hint of raspberry. 

Golden Blush apples and Bananas are also included in the boxes

Mixed Mushroom Risotto

If you need some inspiration for a quick but special meal why not try our mixed mushroom risotto. You can add a complete recipe bag for £9.00 or go to our Recipe page to see many more recipe bags we can assemble and have ready for you to collect or have delivered. (£15 minimum applies for free local delivery). Or you can also add a punnet of our Mixed Mushrooms for £4.00

La Tua Fresh Pasta

Looking for a quick delicious dinner, why not try our range of La Tua Pasta.

This week we have available Beetroot Gnocchi, soft and light in texture and ideal for vegans*. Freshly made using premium Italian ingredients with a touch of natural beetroot powder to give it’s burgundy colour. They are extremely versatile and can be served with any sauce. If you prefer them crispy, just pan fry them in butter. £3.50

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli is the most traditional and well-known Italian variety of ravioli. The delicious and creamy filling is made from scratch by cooking whole spinach leaves with a bit of garlic and then adding fresh ricotta cheese and Italian grated cheese. £5.50

Pea & Shallot Vegan Ravioli are square-shaped pasta parcels (made with durum wheat flour and water) stuffed with a simple but delicious filling of green peas and tasty shallots sautéed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. £5.50

Black truffle and Ricotta Tortelloni are hand folded one by one to incorporate more filling. The pasta has a very high Free Range egg percentage (30%) and a special blend of 00 and Durum Wheat flour so that the pasta holds the cooking very well. This tasty filling is made using Summer Black Truffles from the Umbria region in Italy. This filling becomes smooth and balanced using a base of delicate and creamy cheeses. A real treat for all truffle lovers! Suitable for Vegetarians. Suitable for freezing £7.50