There are still very few English onions around, but onions aside, all the produce in the veg boxes is UK grown. The Potatoes are the red variety ‘Amorosa’; particularly tasty as earlies. The radishes, broccoli and the spinach in the no-potatoes and larger boxes are Yorkshire grown. The lettuces and courgettes are from Herefordshire. Also from Herefordshire are the cherries and plums. Thanks to new, improved varieties and smaller trees, English cherries are easier to grow and much more reliable than a few years ago.The ‘Herman’ plums started to arrive last week, and are the earliest plums we have ever had!
Pasta Salad with Courgettes
A light, summery dish with bright tangy flavours. Lots for 2 or a starter for 4
2 tbsp vegetable oil,
400g courgettes cut into 5mm slices,
1 1/2 tbsp wine vinegar,
100g cooked broad beans or peas (frozen are fine. Slip the largest beans from their grey skins after cooking),
1 small bunch of basil or mint,
a few sprigs of parsley,
a small handful of capers or chopped and soaked sundried tomatoes,
2 tbsp olive oil, 250g dried pasta (something like penne ... not too long),
the grated zest of 1 small lemon,
200g fresh mozzarella torn into smallish pieces,
salt and pepper ...
Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan and cook the courgette slices until golden brown, turning just once. Set aside in a bowl and sprinkle on the wine vinegar.
In a blender make a smooth paste of the olive oil and herbs, reserving a few leaves for garnishing.
Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water.
When just cooked, drain and add to the courgettes with the herb dressing, capers or tomatoes, lemon zest, peas or beans, mozzarella, and salt and pepper to taste.
Stir gently, and leave to stand for a while before serving, garnished with the reserved herbs.