Beetroot chutney and Speedy Italian soup from Grow Wild

by Organikal on September 12, 2007

Grow_2Our organic box has recently been being delivered by local distributors Grow Wild. One of the great things about these boxes is that they’re full of local produce. However, I sometimes find it difficult to get excited by another bunch of beetroot!

All that changed last week, however as the thoughtful folks at Grow Wild  slipped in a recipe suggestions leaflet with the veg.

I got down to it and turned some fantastic baby leaf spinach grown in Perthshire into some speedy Italian soup, as suggested in the following recipe

Put the washed spinach into a saucepan with a big knob of butter. After a few minutes add in 1 litre of vegetable stock (a marigold bouillon stock cube would do the job!), and simmer for another couple of minutes. In the meantime, beat 2 or 3 eggs along with a big handful of grated parmesan and then stir the mixture into your soup. Season with pepper. A true meal in itself with some crusty bread.

It really was excellent – and so quick to make. A simple ‘recipe’ I will turn to frequently.
Likewise, I turned a happy bunch of beetroot, grown in Angus into some beetroot chutney (saving the leaves for a warm salad)

1 bunch of beetroot will probably have 500g of root (cook by scrubbing and boiling or steaming until soft (20–30 mins), then chop when cooled). Other ingredients needed: 200g onions, peeled and chopped, 175g sharp apple (any of the lovely UK apples in your box would be just fine!), 50g Demerara sugar, pinch ground ginger, 110ml malt vinegar, ½ tsp salt.
Mix all ingredients together in saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 45mins. Put into jam jars while hot and seal as you would for jam. Should make a couple of jars. Can be stored for several months.

I really enjoyed making the chutney, which reminded me of a topping I make for bruschetta at Christmas. I’ve since enjoyed the chutney with some roast veg lasagne, Sunday dinner and a hasty prepared sandwich for lunch. Tasty.

This week’s organic box is another tasty one, and I’m planning what to make for the week ahead to get the best from the fresh veg. The only thing more satisfying would be if I’d grown the veg myself.

Grow Wild deliver to many addresses in central Scotland, but be warned – their website doesn’t process orders. It’s my one complaint – but they’re great on the phone and are happy to take changes of order and additional items by email.

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