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

Burns Night – 25th Jan

Burns Night Wednesday 25th January

Just an early reminder about Burns Night and the fact that our haggis delivery has arrived.

We only have a few 200g serves of MacSweens vegetarian Haggis still available.

Enjoyed by vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike, this Delicious Every Day vegetarian haggis is a mix of healthy fresh vegetables, pulses, oatmeal, seeds and spices. Convenient to cook with for a variety of recipes.

If haggis isn’t your thing why not try our Cullen Skink recipe – serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main £9

This week’s Boxes

Two great boxes for you this week, bursting with seasonal produce and all the ingredients to make our lovely vegetable soup.  So easy to make with a little twist, we add just a small amount of curry powder to give it a little warmth. This is one of our most popular soup recipes in the shop.

Brussel Sprouts are in season until March, but most of us only eat them in December.  They’re usually boiled or steamed but there’s so much more you can do with them.

High in fibre, Brussels sprouts are a relative of cabbage, kale and broccoli and are surprisingly versatile. 

Roasting them in a little olive oil with garlic and Parmesan cheese is a good starting place if you’ve not tried anything but boiled or steamed. It really brings out the flavour and takes the edge off the bitterness. They also make a tasty alternative to cabbage, just shred them before cooking. 

We also have added a little bit of salad with a fresh flat lettuce and cucumber in both boxes and tomatoes in the large box.

Our £15 (ideal for 2/3 people)

Marfona potatoes (R)

Onion (R)

Carrots (R)

Leek (R)

Turnip (R)

Celery (R)

Courgette (R)

Sprouts

Flat lettuce

Cucumber

Nadacots

Pears

Red Heart Kiwis

Curry powder 

(R) items needed for the recipe

Our £25 box (ideal for a family of 4) contains all of the above in larger quantities plus 

Grapes

Tomatoes

English Braeburn apples

Yellow plums 

Some items may change to bring you what’s best available on the day

The fruit for this week’s boxes

Red Heart Kiwis are in both our boxes this week. This is a new kiwi to us, similar in taste and texture to the Golden Kiwi, which so many of you love. The centre has a splash of red which gives it it’s name.

The nadacots have been so good they are in both boxes this week along with some Conference Pears and then in the large box we have included grapes and braeburn apples.

LillyPuds Luxury Christmas Pudding

We have just received our delivery of LillyPuds traditional Luxury Christmas Pudding.

This pudding has a Two Star Great Taste Award and is made from the finest vine fruits, apples, apricots, almonds and ginger blended with ale and brandy.

  • Minimum 50% fruit
  • Naturally sweet – less than 5% added sugar
  • No mixed peel
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • No dairy ingredients

We also have Devon Clotted Cream an absolute to serve with Christmas Pudding.