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Veg Box News: 23rd - 26th June, 2015 Broad Beans and Saffron Pilaff

Chrisby Chris, 4 yr, 9 m ago in Blog
Comments | Tags: Box News, Local, UK, Share a recipe, broad beans, asparagus

UK Organic Asparagus - all our fingers & toes are crossed  id=We're keeping our fingers crossed this week as you can see because we've opted for Asparagus again in all the boxes - so here's hoping... Also the British Broad Bean season is in full swing so they appear alongside the Asparagus this week.

Matt wrote a recipe some years ago for Broad Bean and Saffron Pilaff which I have included below but if you'd like other recipe ideas don't forget you can just click on the Recipes link on the website and type the ingredient into the search box.  This should throw up a few suggestions


  • New Potatoes  700g
  • Carrots  400g
  • Onions  300g
  • Broad Beans 500g Broadies  id=
  • Asparagus
  • Salad Onions
  • Yellow Pepper

B's will get a pot of cherry tomatoes in place of potatoes

D's will have 500g more potatoes and a red and a green pepper

E's will also get a pot of cherry tomatoes, peppers and a bulb of fresh garlicFresh Organic Garlic  id=

L's and M's will get a lettuce and bunch of beetroot (Tuesday/Wednesday) or a bunch of Parsley (Thursday/Friday)



Serves 4

  • 500g beans in the pod,
  • Spanish Saffron  id=1 big pinch of saffron,
  • 400g basmati rice, rinsed and drained,
  • 50g butter
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 750ml vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp chopped dill or parsley
  • salt and pepper
  1. Pod the beans.
  2. In a dry saucepan heat the saffron threads gently for 1/2 a minute.
  3. Heat the butter in a pan and fry the onion for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and fry very gently for another 2.
  4. Add the saffron, rice, beans and stock and season with pepper.
  5. Cover the pan and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  6. The rice should now have absorbed the liquid and be tender.
  7. Stir in the chopped herbs and check the seasonings.
  8. Serve with yoghurt and a tomato salad.

Matt also shared this as part of our Share A Recipe feature Pasta with Cherry tomatoes and green summer vegetables which would work well with the selection in this week's boxes.

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