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New Veg

photo via Abel and Cole

We get two farm delivery boxes every week here, one from Abel & Cole and one from Riverford Farms.  I almost never go to the grocery store anymore, and we get fresh organic food on our doorstep every week.  I love it.

We’ve tried several new vegetables and fruits because they’ve come in our deliveries.  Some we’ve not loved, but others have become new favorites.

This week we got a bunch of purple sprouting broccoli in our delivery, which I’d never even heard of before moving here.  I was totally unsure how to cook it.  I checked my Riverford Cookbook though, and gave it a go.

I blanched it first, then sauteed it in a wok with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice & zest, and salt.  It’s al dente — still a little crunch but easy to bite.

Guys, Matt and I were arguing over who got the last helping.  The kids INHALED it.  It was SO good.

There’s a super short window when this veg is available, but it is going on my list as a new favorite.


If you’re interested in trying out one of these farm delivery services, shoot me an email and I can refer you as a friend, then we both get money back on a fruit or veg box delivery!


Mondays and Coffee

may your coffee be strong

I’ve read about “bulletproof coffee” before but never actually tried it because butter in coffee sounds not that good.  And I need my coffee to be good so I can function.

Then I saw a recipe for coconut oil coffee (and you know what a fan of coconut oil I am) and for some reason coconut oil in coffee sounded less weird.  Matt had actually read something about the health benefits of coconut oil just a few days before, and so he also wanted to try it. 

The verdict: it’s really GOOD!  I don’t think we’d do it every day, but it was definitely tasty. (The Pioneer Woman also agrees!)  I am not sure it gave me more energy than normal coffee, but I’d definitely do another test and pay more attention to that next time. 

Have you ever tried coffee with either butter or coconut oil?  Would you?

Also, my ode to coffee, and a lovely scone recipe to have with your morning coffee.


Zucchini with Red Peppers and Mint

WP_20150905_17_19_07_ProWe’ve found two farms that deliver organic food to our house once a week: Abel & Cole and Riverford Farms.

Between those two places, I get 90% of what I need for groceries each week.  The only downside is that they both deliver on Fridays, which means that by Thursday each week, the pantry is looking a little bare.  If the deliveries were spread out over the week (say one on Tuesday and one on Friday), I don’t think I’d ever have to go to a grocery store at all.  (Except, you know, for toilet paper and paper towels.)

Both services gave us new cookbooks with our first orders and we’ve been trying lots of new recipes from each of them.

Here’s one of our new favorites from Riverford — we’ve cooked this at least 3 or 4 times already!


Zucchini (Courgettes) with Red Pepper (Chillis) and Mint
A really delicious way to use the plethora of zucchini you have every summer!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. several zucchini (or courgettes in the UK)
  2. 1-2 hot red peppers (chillis in the UK) or red bell peppers
  3. 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  4. a handful of chopped fresh mint
  5. olive oil
  6. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Slice the zucchini and dice the chilis, toss with olive oil, crushed fresh garlic, salt, and chopped fresh mint. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F or 180C.
Adapted from Riverford Farm Cookbook
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Summer Appetizer

IMG_4403I love an appetizer that is easy, beautiful, and delicious.  Plus it’s super simple to make, which is also a bonus.  The picture is a little blurry, probably because we were hovering over them wanting to stuff them in our mouths, so didn’t exactly take the appropriate time to get a good photo.  Oh, well. 

These strawberry ricotta toasts were AMAZING.  With a basil leaf and a generous drizzle of dark chocolate balsamic vinegar, the flavor combo was pretty much divine.

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