Last week the wonderful folk at Woodlands Organic Farm sent me an organic veg box to try and I was thrilled to see some broad beans in there amongst carrots, potatoes, peppers, lollo rosso and gorgeous baby red onions. Broad beans are in season for such a short time so you have to get them whilst you can! These beauties were a cracking example - creamy pale green and deliciously fresh as I popped them from their velvety beds.
I was also interested to hear that the farm also has a small area dedicated to biodynamic farming. This is very sustainable, using the seasons, livestock and plants to farm in a way which is in tune with the land. Might sound a bit hippie but its very interesting and well worth reading up on!
This weekend we had the in-laws over for dinner. I did a lovely roast chicken to accompany all the veg in our box. As the weather has been so fab I kept it light and summery by just cleaning, quartering and boiling the potatoes with some mint and steaming the carrots. For something a bit special I then used the broad beans and small red onions for this side dish of broad beans, peas and minty butter which I found on the BBC Good Food website here but I've halved below for 4!
- 350g podded broad beans
- 250g peas (frozen is fine)
- 25g butter (I used salted)
- small bunch of spring onions (I used a couple of baby red onions)
- handful fresh mint leaves
Method:Fry the onions in half the butter until soft. Add the broad beans and stock, stir and bring to the boil, cover and cook for 5 mins. Add the peas and season. Cook for 5 mins or until tender. Stir in mint and remaining butter and serve! As easy as that.
If you're a cat owner, I would recommend that once you've unpacked all your lovely veggies, you keep the box. Our little man is very taken with it! In fact, I posted this picture onto the Gingey Bites facebook and was very surprised to hear that this is a common occurrence! Woodlands Farm - you could consider a sideline my friends!
*Woodlands Organic Farm sent me a small veg box worth £12 to review. My opinions are my own.