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Autumn: 20th May, 2022

Hi there,

I hope you are doing well and keeping warm. If it weren't for the autumn leaves still clinging to the trees reminding me we are in fact still in Autumn, I would think we were in the middle of winter. Despite the shining sun, the mornings up here in the Hills have become brisk and we look out the window each morning expecting that surely this is the morning where we will have our first frost. But no, I remember the days will keep getting a wee bit shorter and the days a wee bit colder until winter solstice mid June. Although I am very much a lover of summer, I do enjoy these cool days and nights as our family instinctively draws inwards preferring to stay by the fire than leaving the house. We raid the games cupboard and pull half read novels down from the shelf, ready to nestle in and spend winter together in the one room of the house that stays warm. I love that the seasons provide us with the vegetables that we crave too like root vegetables, pumpkins, apples and pears. All great served warm!

In this week's box we have apples, bananas, kale, wombok, coriander, broccoli, baby spinach, roma tomatoes, butternut pumpkin, red and brown onions, carrots and potatoes. Hot tip: we try our best to avoid single use plastics in our boxes so opt to transport the baby spinach leaves in brown paper bags. However, they do not keep well in paper bags. I suggest transferring the leaves to either a sealed tupperware container or even a reusable ziplock bag and kept in the fridge. The wombok and the coriander has me thinking of some beautiful Asian style meals. I think we will use ours in an udon noodle stir fry which is quite easy. Firslty, pop on some water to boil in which you will cook your udon noodles in. While the noodles are on the go, in a wok on a low-medium temperature heat some olive oil and fry a brown onion and ginger together until the onion is translucent. Add in some broccoli, shredded wombok, baby spinach and julienne carrots. Slosh a good amount of tamari (or soy sauce) over the top then turn the heat up to medium-high as you want to quickly fry your veg so it stays nice and crunchy. Right before you turn off the heat, add a handful of coriander and the cooked udon noodles. Toss it all together and serve. If you want to you can add a bit of fresh chilli in with the veg to give it some extra heat. Not cooking the veg too long always satisfies my love for crunchy, salad style meals while still being a lovely nourishing winter meal.

I think I'll use some of the kale for a kale pesto, perhaps I'll also make some kale chips which are a family fav or will make a delicious kale and almond salad which can be kept in the fridge for a few days and brought out for lunches. Cook some couscous or quinoa and allow to cool down. In a bowl add in the kale which has been destemmed and chopped into smaller pieces, some almonds (or any nuts really - pistachios are excellent!) that have been crushed/chopped into smaller pieces but still relatively chunky, either a can of brown lentils (that have been rinsed) or dried green lentils that have been soaked until soft and a few spoonful's of capers. Mix together with some olive oil, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon. Stir through the couscous/quinoa and you're done! So delicious and filling for a lunch on the go!

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Friends, have a beautiful weekend. I hope it brings warm cups of tea, rugged up walks through the last of the autumn leaves and nourishing meals cooked with love. We are so looking forward to seeing you again next week. Get in touch via email if you have any questions or want a chat!

Lots of love, Peta

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