Indian spiced squash soup

You can use squash or pumpkin interchangeably for this warming spiced soup shared by our friends and fellow Better Food Trader Growing Communities.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 onion, chopped

1 small fresh chilli, minced (or 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes)

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp chilli powder (optional)

1 large squash (or small pumpkin) - about 1kg

1 litre vegetable stock

The gut microbiome and health

We often talk about the power of community at Lee Greens. But there’s another kind of community that lives inside each and every one of us, one containing trillions of residents. And whose diversity it has emerged has a major influence on pretty much all aspects of our health - our gut microbiome.

New Better Food Traders Map

Love your Lee Greens? Want to sign up all your friends and family but they live elsewhere?  Well, there are 40+ Better Food Traders (BFT) members across the country totalling 400+ pick up points, delivery areas and shops, so there's a good chance your family and friends may well live near a scheme just like ours. Thankfully the Better Food Traders have pulled together an interactive Google Map that shows you who's who across the UK!

Brussels sprouts and bacon fried rice

Sprouts can be divisive but here's a dish to take your brussels in a novel direction - give 'em a stir fry! 

 

Ingredients:

  • Approx 150g brussels sprouts - very finely chopped
  • 1.5 cups brown rice (cooked and allowed to cool)
  • 4 rashers of streaky bacon (chopped)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1-2 tbsps of soy sauce
  • few sliced spring onions
  • toasted sesame oil
  • 2-4 eggs
  • chilli and garlic paste (for serving)

(Serves two)

 

Tash's chutney

An article from our newsletter on good ways to use up a glut of veg has been the catalyst for a rich chutney-making phase at Lee Greens. Our chief chutney creator is Tash, who's made a wonderful batch. The following recipe is simple and versatile, accommodating any surplus veg which you may want to use up. Add a chilli to the mix for some additional heat - Tash's homegrown chillis provided requisite fire.

Ingredients

A bit of spice

It’s good to see chilli peppers back in some of our bags this week. They’ve got me thinking of all things spice. I’ve been rummaging through the jars and packets in my spice cupboard, from asafoetida to za’atar.

Meet the Team - Tash

Tash joined the Lee Greens delivery team during lockdown last year and has thrived ever since, becoming our social media manager and  a regular member of Thursday's volunteer packing team. Last month Tash also installed Lee Greens' first ever Bokashi bin!

Tell us about your experience at Lee Greens

The Beauty of Bokashi 

I only recently discovered Bokashi, thanks to my brother, and was immediately hooked on the method. He uses it to process his kitchen scraps before putting them in his worm bin.
 
I guess the first question to answer is: What is Bokashi? and the short answer is that it's a Japanese method of converting food scraps (including meat, fish and other difficult to compost stuff like citrus peel and potato) and any other organic matter into a nutrient rich soil amendment via fermentation using specialist bacteria.
 

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