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Get A Leek Of This!

It's a common misunderstanding that the dark green tops of leeks are only fit for stock or the worse - feeding compost heap (cringe!). No, no, no… not the case! Prep your leeks right and you’ll get more out of them than you could ever imagine!

 

1. Start by trimming off the root tip and the thinnest slither of the tops. These are the only bits you’re not going to cook with!

2. Lay your leek on a chopping board and you’ll see clearly that it naturally splits into 3 parts.

3. Slice your leek according to the following guide:

Herby Aubergine and Pepper Stew With Pine Nuts and Lemon

This amazing pot of deliciousness is so versatile. Serve with either a herby couscous, crispy roast potatoes, crusty bread or just a simple green salad!

 

Ingredients:

3 aubergines - chopped into large pieces (about half the size of a lemon)

2 peppers (any colour) chopped in large pieces 

2 red onions finely sliced 

3 garlic gloves sliced 

2 tbsp of capers

1 handful of fresh tomatoes

1 x red chilli left whole but with 3-4 holes pricked in it

1 cinnamon stick 

Garlic Prep Top Tips!

Garlic... a Boxxfresh flavour essential! We always rely on natural flavours at Boxxfresh and garlic is one of our favourite go-to's! From a slow cook, a roast dinner to a stir fry... here are the ways we love to prepare our garlic!

Whole Bulbs 
Wrap whole bulbs of garlic in tin foil with a drizzle of olive oil and bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool then peel the super sticky-sweet cloves of garlic from their skins to serve with a picky board, blend into soups or jumble into warm salads.

Boxxfresh Parcel Pie

This is our luxuriously tasty but light twist on a pie. It’s super simple to make because there are basically no rules… you are free to create a gorgeous rustic, impressive looking pie however you like… make it your own by changing up the filling…

 

Ingredients:

300g mushrooms, finely sliced

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced

2 leeks, topped, tailed, finely sliced and washed thoroughly

3 sprigs of sage leaves, half finely chopped and half kept whole

1 ready made vegan puff pastry

Whole Baked Onions

Onions are incredibly sweet when they’re baked and make a delicious, fresh tasting companion to any dish or as part of a picky board or as a veggie side!

To serve 4 as part of a main meal, light lunch or picky board you will need…

2 onions

4 sprigs of rosemary

8-10 sage leaves

2 tbsp olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/ 350f/ gas mark 4.

Mushroom & Roast Butternut Squash Casserole

Earthy, sweet, comforting and oh-so satisfying… this pot of goodness is guaranteed to blow away the January blues!

Serves 4-6

1 butternut squash, washed
2 red onions, diced
500g mushrooms, roughly chopped
4-6 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
6 or 7 cloves of garlic
1 bag of spinach, washed
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 good quality vegetable or mushroom stock cube dissolved in 1 litre of boiling water
Olive oil

Method: