Apart from a few peppers in the very largest it’s all UK produce in the vegetable boxes this week. The broccoli, tomatoes and leeks are locally grown and the lettuces are from Herefordshire. The larger boxes have a portion of ‘Pink Fir Apple’ potatoes. This is a classic old salad variety (a salad potato is one that keeps a firm and waxy texture when boiled) and is delicious hot or cold. They are a fiddle to peel so are best just scrubbed and cooked in their skins. Large no-potatoes boxes have the first of this season’s celeriac. In the fruit boxes the English apples are ‘Red Windsor’ and the plums are ‘Victoria’. Large boxes have English ‘Guyot’ pears (keep them in the fridge as they ripen very quickly). Sadly our supplier of local free range eggs is ceasing production soon. We’re looking around for an alternative supplier (any tips gratefully received) but will still have organic free range eggs from our usual suppliers in Thirsk and Darlington.
I think we’ve sent out clafoutis recipes before but this one is rather special, being incredibly opulent and buttery. Normally a clafoutis is made with cherries, particularly the sour cherries that we occasionally stock in the summer, but plums, greengages and Mirabelle cherry plums work well too. Based on a recipe in Michel Roux’s ‘Eggs’...
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