Thursday, 23 June 2011

Thrifty fun day!!

It was total excitement in the Bedford household today. For the very first time we had a Veg box delivered from Riverford organics. We usually use Able and Cole but were on holiday the day they would have delivered this week, so, to save us from the horror of the supermarkets, we decided it was definitely worth trying Riverford (and also to compare the two,  to make sure we're getting the best possible ingredients).

Anyhow, I am pleased to report that it was brilliant! The selection of fruit and veg was amazing and the quality equally impressive, so much so that I may get a box a week from each company from now on. They both have their pros and cons and it will give us more variety and ensure we get a top up of fresh veg later in the week!

However, I'm rambling, back to the point, my Riverford veg box..... Among today's selection we had carrots and beetroots. They both came with the most amazing, voluminous and delicious green tops I have EVER seen! There was no way I was going to waste those, they were a vegetable in their own right! So Dorrie and I got creative in the kitchen making a refreshing and vibrant juice (at her request) and I created a different take on one of Will's favourites, spinach pie! We had so much fun and I'm so excited to share these recipes with you guys, can you tell?!?

Carrot and beetroot top juice
A big handful of carrot tops
A big handful of beetroot tops
2 carrots
1 large beetroot, peeled
1 apple, cored

Wash the Carrot and beetroot tops and drain well. Scrub the carrots and chop each into about 3 pieces. Slice the beetroot and apple into similar size pieces.


Juice the pieces of veg/fruit and the greens, a little at a time in your juicer (We have the Samson 6 in 1) and that is it! Easy, quick, nutritious and  very tasty fresh juice!

Such a beautiful colour
It didn't last long!