Friday, 23 October 2009

I'm loving it...

Back in July I took Ali up on her offer of a free recipe book if I signed up with Abel & Cole for a weekly vegetable box delivery. It was something I'd been meaning to do for months as I regularly had a flier dropped through my letter box.

So every Friday I am in raptures about a mixed organic fruit and veg box being delivered by a big yellow van. It is the perfect size for us and I am loving the variety of vegetables I now eat on a weekly basis instead of being stuck in the carrot rut I found myself in before. I'm hoping it will slowly encourage No2 to become more adventurous with his diet!

The great thing about it for me is having to think of ways that I wouldn't usually cook or use the fruit or vegetables. For example, we are not big orange eaters so I have been juicing them and using them in smoothies instead.

As the produce is always seasonal we have had several varieties of squash and pumpkin. I had some friends over for lunch earlier in the week and made a squash soup from the recipe that came with last week's box. I always use my melon baller for getting all the flesh out of squashes and pumpkins - I don't think I've ever used it on a melon! It's so easy, just cut the pumpkin (or squash) in half, remove the seeds and scoop out all that lovely orange flesh.

To go with the soup I made some soda bread from my new favourite recipe book. It is the easiest recipe EVER!!! Ridiculously easy.

And look - it looks like soda bread!

Abel & Cole are doing another promotion and so if you'd like the recipe book do leave a comment and I'll tell you the secret! Oh, I get £10 to spend there too, so no pressure...!


  1. I already have the recipe book (and the Rachel Allen one, too) so unfortunately I won't be any help to you at all :(

    But your bread looks delicious! And what a perfect accompaniment to squash soup, which I adore. I so look forward to this time of year with all the pumpkins and squashes about.

    And I agree with you re oranges. Much better as juice and smoothies!

    K x

  2. Squash soup and soda bread? Mmmmmmmm. Add in an apple cake for afters and you might just have made my favourite meal.

  3. Oh, yes, I am a huge fan of both Abel & Cole and RA's Bake book. You've got two perfect autumn recipes there. Delicious!

  4. How funny, I've just done a post on Abel and Cole too!!! Talk about free advertising hey?!

  5. 14 people!!!!!!!! That sounds crazy!!! The most i've ever done is 4! And 10 vegetable dishes as well, honestly, that is something else!! I hope you had some help to get all that organised!

  6. mmmm that soda bread does look good! we're loving our veggie box scheme through school, only wish it wasn't as heavy to walk home with.....

  7. I could murder a chunk of that bread right about now...


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