what’s in the box?

by jenn on July 20, 2012

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a ‘What’s in the box’ post. I’ve been a good girl and taken pics of our fruit and veg haul and whatever seafood dish we come up with on the night, but I just haven’t managed to get around to writing something to go with them!

The stash looks a bit smaller than usual I have to say. Still, not bad for $40! There’s carrot, celery, leek, parsley, baby spinach, mummy spinach, kale (I think!), mushies, red and white onions, normal and kipler potatoes, oranges and tangellos, lemons, pears, red and green apples, garlic, ginger, red and green chili, pumpkin, purple cabbage, bananas, green capsicum, passionfruit and broccoli. And breathe. In the fish department we got Spanish mackerel, ling and a squid.

We’ve had octopus in the past, so thought we knew what we were doing in the squid preparation department. Eventually we went to dr google and followed these instructions. Last night, since we love Bill Granger SO MUCH we decided to try out his salt and pepper squid recipe. Unsurprisingly it was divine. If you don’t have any Bill Granger cookbooks you need to go and buy one.

Off you go :)

Or you could just find the recipe here.


 Yummy in my tummy.

 We’ve got some visitors coming over the weekend so will probably crack out another Bill dish that we’ve tried and tested many times. It’s steamed fish with asian greens and a delicious chili sauce. That’ll take care of the ling. As for the Spanish mackerel… well I’ll have to do some research!

We’ve got spuds coming out of our ears so I’m going to have to make a shepherd’s pie some time this fortnight, and probably a potato bake or three as well. Pumpkin and spinach lasagne, stuffed capsicums, and this sensational beef, and stout stew with carrots. We always have leftovers which we throw in the freezer then pull out when it’s cold and we’re feeling lazy. Throw leftovers in large ramekins, top with puff pastry, pop them in the oven… voila. I’m salivating just thinking about it!

I’m keen to give Charlotte some banana to try and with this wintery weather an orange a day probably wouldn’t be a bad idea!

Now… the kale…

What does one do with it? I’ll probably try and make some I Quit Sugar friendly kale chips. On further investigation on Sarah’s site there are a few other kale recipes to try out.

Any other suggestions?

I hope you’ve had a great week. If you’re short of meal ideas please head over to In Her Chucks where a bunch of vege box buyers link up their hauls and recipes.


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Beka S July 22, 2012 at 5:59 am

Oh! Put some chopped kale in your beef stew! I bet it would work really well! I have some tips on keeping potatoes when there are WAY to many to use at one time, maybe it’ll help with your overabundance :) http://bekatobasics.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/potatoes/


jenn July 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

aah awesome! Thanks so much for that… what do you do with the shredded potato?


Beka S July 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I usually use it for Breakfast Hash. I just fry it up in some butter straight from the freezer and add some onions and peppers. It’s soo good in the morning with an egg!


Heather @ InHerChucks July 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I love my kale soup…http://inherchucks.com/2012/01/08/sausage-white-bean-kale-soup/.

Here is another delicious recipe that will kelp you use up that beautiful kale…http://www.kokolikes.com/kale-and-farro-salad/.

Missed having you at the party…Thanks for linking up :)


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