Category Archives: This Week

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.

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.

This week’s Boxes

This week’s £25 & £15 boxes contain all the fresh ingredients to make our lovely celeriac and pear soup. Celeriac is a classic vegetable to make soup from, but adding pear and ginger takes it to another level. This is brilliant made ahead then frozen. Serve with toasts spread with creamy blue cheese (perfect with our Montagnolo Cheese) 

Celeriac is probably one of the ugliest vegetables. This unsung hero of the vegetable world, knobbly and odd-shaped has a subtle, celery-like flavour, with nutty overtones. Try it as mash, oven roasted with olive oil and garlic, slow-cook dishes, or in its classic form, and as they do in France, as a remoulade. If you get a minute take a look at Jack Burns website, this is where our celeriac are from this week. The whole process of planting harvesting and storing is really interesting, celeriac is their most important crop, they have some great recipe ideas, the celeriac and blue cheese soup looks particularly good, definitely one we will try. https://www.jackbuck.co.uk/celeriac

Both boxes include sweet potatoes which are highly nutritious, a great source of fibre vitamins, and minerals, they are great boiled, roasted or chipped. 

We have Kale in both boxes which, comes from the only growers in the country who grow kale all year round. Chris Molyneux farms the rich, dark soils of south-west Lancashire. His family have been farming in the same region since the Norman Conquest.  Kale can be enjoyed raw in salads and cooked, served simply with butter and seasoning.

Tenderstem is included in our £25 boxes this week, a cross between Chinese kale and broccoli, it couldn’t be easier to prepare – you can eat the whole thing from tip to stem. And, even better, it doesn’t take long to cook. Whether you roast it, griddle it, grill it, steam it or eat it raw, it’s a quick way to get great flavour on your plate. You can add to your £15 box for £2.60 

You may have noticed a few regular items haven’t been appearing in your boxes lately (broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and lettuce) availability has been a little hit and miss and prices have been rising sharply, due partly to availability and weather conditions in Spain. Things should settle down again in a few weeks time. As usual though, we always try to bring you what is at its seasonal best and we think this week’s box is a perfect example of that.

Our £15 (ideal for 2/3 people)

English celeriac (R)

Sweet potato

Onion (R)

Ginger (R)

Garlic (R)

New potatoes

Mushrooms

Kale

Bananas 

Conference Pears

French Gala apples

(R) items needed for the recipe

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

Bunched beetroot

Tenderstem broccoli 

Oranges

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