Sunday 27th November 2016

All standard mixed selections packed the week of Christmas will include Brussels sprouts parsnips clementines and chestnuts! Organic cranberries are available too.
The following Christmas selections are available to order now. Please order by Sunday 18th December for delivery on Thursday 22nd December.
These quantities will  feed 8 people. Just let me know how many people you are catering for and I can adjust up or down in portion size and price pro rata. I can also substitute any unwanted items.

Christmas Veg/Roast box

Christmas Salad box

Christmas Fruit box

Christmas Deluxe addition box

£23

£17

£19.00

£7.50

2kg Potatoes

1kg Carrots

1kg Onions

Leeks

500gr Parsnips

Brussels Sprouts or

Cabbage

Broccoli

200gr Mushrooms

Squash or Sweet

potatoes

1 x Garlic

Lettuce

Cucumber

800gr Tomatoes

Peppers

Courgettes

1 x Avocado

1 x Spring onion

2 x Lemons

 

1kg Apples

1kg Pears

800gr Clementines 

hand Bananas

Medjool dates punnet

1 x Celeriac

1 x Red cabbage

250gr Chestnuts




Saturday 8th February


Organic Red Rooster English organic potatoes have arrived - these were very popular last year. They are very like Desiree potatoes and equally versatile.
Green and red organic kale from Royal Oak Farm are also recently in stock.  Kale is a miraculous vegetable. Not only does it love wind, rain, sleet, hail, snow and  mud (ie British weather) it is also remarkably good for our health. It is a good source of calcium, magnesium, folic acid and luteum and vitamins A,C and K. In addition to all this, kale produces indole-3-carbinol which is a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.  AND.....kale gives you lots of that much-needed commodity - energy. 117kj per 100 grams! It makes good juice, sweetened with apple and finished with lemon or ginger so you can have a daily dose and not wait for Sunday lunch!


Saturday 11th January 2014!

Welcome to the new organic year at Capricorn. As you can imagine our growers are struggling with flooded fields but heroically managing to supply us nevertheless. All the roots and brassicas are excellent and abundant for a wide winter selection. UK Organic Purple sprouting broccoli should be in on Tuesday in time for Thursday delivery to you . It's all dependent on whether the tractors can get onto the land.
From southern Europe we have very bloody Moro organic oranges,  Seville oranges and Iceberg lettuces.
Sadly our UK  apples are not storing too well this year and are not retaining their crunch. I recommend Braeburns from Italy which are flavoursome and crunchy.




Saturday 23rd November
More and more people are making juice at home - obviously using organic fruit and veg is best as it contains no chemicals. We can offer wholesale prices on full cases of items such as carrots apples beetroot oranges etc. so you can make healthy juices very cheaply using the very best ingredients. Price lists emailed on request. Just in are cute 2.5kg boxes of clementines with leaves from Corsica- these are very nice to have around Christmas and again they are available at the wholesale price to Capricorn customers - just order them in the usual way.
Our last delivery before Christmas will be on Thursday 19th December  - we are offering special selections  - see below. Please order your Christmas veg and fruit by Tuesday 10th December.




Christmas Veg/Roast box

Christmas Salad box

Christmas Fruit box

Christmas Deluxe addition box

£23

£17

£18

£7.00

2kg Potatoes

1kg Carrots

1kg Onions

1 x Leek

500gr Parsnip

Brussels Sprouts or

Cabbage

1 x Broccoli

200gr Mushrooms

Squash or Sweet

potatoes

1 x Garlic

1 x Lettuce

1 x Cucumber

800gr Tomatoes

1 x Pepper

1 x Courgette

1 x Avocado

1 x Spring onion

2 x Lemons

 

1kg Apples

1kg Pears

800gr Clementines 
with leaves

hand Bananas

5 x Kiwis

 

1 x Celeriac

1 x Red cabbage

200gr Cranberries


Quantities and contents may vary with availability.



Saturday 9th November

I hope this week's red kale is being enjoyed.  I am very keen to flag up the use of this great vegetable in salads.  A kale salad will keep in the fridge for several days so it's really worth making a big bowl for the week - well, part of the week at least.  Here is a link to a recipe written by someone who clearly adores kale like we do! http://thefamilydinnerbook.com/in-the-kitchen/2013/04/08/simple-kale-salad/
We now have Kidd's Orange Pippin and Fiesta apples to add to the array of English organic apples - the Russetts have been getting lots of compliments.



Saturday 19th October

The only drawback with all this lovely rain has been the effect on the organic potato harvest.  The machinery ends up lifting just as much mud as potatoes so our growers are leaving them in the ground  for a bit longer. The first frost to sweeten the parsnips seems a long way off but once we are into November temperatures usually drop! We will have to wait till then for 'snips I'm afraid. I hope you enjoy this week's rainbow chard - here is a link to some cooking suggestions http://www.marthastewart.com/274967/swiss-chard-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide
We now have organic Russett apples to add to our display of  Cox,  Worcester and Red Pippin. We also have chestnuts and quince.

Saturday 14th September

We are having a wet autumn and this is exactly what is needed. Our growers are delighted because this will set up the seasons  ahead beautifully so that everything grows and can be harvested on time thus maximising yield and quality. A steady amount of rainfall between now and the end of the year would be ideal. 
I hope you are enjoying the excellent biodynamic perpetual spinach from the Brockmans at Canterbury. It is so reliable every year. We have another batch of Kentish plums this week and a second harvest of Yorkshire organic rhubarb.  Sweetcorn and squashes are in full swing and will take us nicely through to winter roots in a month or so.


Saturday 7th September

This summer seems to have restored the seasons to something approaching normal timings and harvesting has been greatly eased by the recent dry and sunny weather.  Our Hampshire grower is delivering English organic sweetcorn, small but very succulent leeks and a glorious crop of runner beans - best in years. He did complain that he and his neighbours have failed to produce decent mint although the green and red basil is excellent. The first picking of UK organic conference pears is in stock and fine quality too.  Blackberries and raspberries are plumper and sweeter than usual this year so do take advantage!


Sunday 1st September

Welcome back  - I hope everyone enjoyed the best summer we have had in at least three years. We have a lot of great uk organic produce to enjoy as we embark the new term and season.  French beans, new season beetroot and broccoli are plentiful as are all the kales, chards and spinach. We have organic celeriac with tops from East Sussex and the squash harvest is earlier this year than last with Acorn, Blue Ballet, Crown Prince,  Kabocha and Spaghetti  varieties. This the time of year for English fruit and we have plums, apples and blueberries with damsons soon to follow. From France we have organically grown Muscat de Hambourg grapes which are always popular.



Saturday 20th July
 

It is very interesting that Monsanto, the giant American GM company, is pulling out of Europe because 90% of the people of Europe will not buy  produce grown from its modified seeds.  Monsanto simply can't see a market here despite the fact that several European governments including our own, support their research. See article in link below.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2369722/Frankenstein-food-firm-quits-Europe-U-S-giant-surrenders-face-public-suspicion-pesticide-resistant-GM-crops.html

This is the same government that has just launched an enquiry into the reasons behind the decline in our bee population, most of which are already known and include use of pesticides, intensive conventional farming and destruction if habitats eg hedegrows as a bi-product.  See article in link below.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/urgent-review-launched-into-bee-population-decline-8678624.html

 Our organic farms are buzzing with natural pollinators coinciding beautifully with the transferral of a lot of plants grown under glass in their early stages onto open fields so the crops will be ready in time for winter.

Right now however we have just received English organic tomatoes broad beans and garden peas (the latter has a very short season)

We at Capricorn headquarters have been making up big bowls of improvised coleslaws including organic radishes, apple, spring onions, red cabbage, chinese leaf and then mixed up with creme fraiche mayonnaise and a little vinegar. Put it in the fridge and it lasts most of the week and it stays crunchy!

 
 
Sunday 14th July
Our growers are harvesting large quantities of organic lettuce, chard and spinach brought on by the lovely hot weather so we at Capricorn are doing our best to find good homes for it before many of the good people of Southeast London head off on their summer breaks.  We have taken delivery of UK organic mixed variety courgettes (green yellow and round), very glamorous purple mangetout and goosberries in the last few days and it is all very easy on the eye and palate.
We will be delivering right through the summer so do please let us know your holiday dates!
 
Sunday 16th June
 We have been bravely keeping calm and carrying on despite the late spring and the consequences thereof. Now it seems we have to accept the reality that prices are going up and those who take our ten pound set selection of veg and five pound selection of fruit are not going to enjoy very much variety at that price any more. We will be looking at 12.50 and 7.50 soon - will let you know.  Many UK growers have decided to skip a whole crop and not plant now as they are loathe to have it all ready to harvest in August when the market is low owing to the summer break.
 
On a brighter note we will still have a good selection throughout the summer  because we are well connected with lots of different growers. This week we have organic English savoy cabbage, charlotte salad potatoes and English strawberries. Next week we will have cavolo nero and another batch of swiss chard.
 
 
Saturday 18th May
 
It was very encourging taking delivery yesterday of UK organic asparagus, perpetual spinach, rhubarb and ridged cucumbers The spinach comes from Perry Court Farm near Canterbury.  Our friend and colleague Alan Brockman set up the Steiner School in the 1950s and farmed there biodynamically (http://www.biodynamic.org.uk/start-here/farming-and-growing.html) until his recent sad passing.  His sons Leo and Patrick are carrying his legacy forward to the delight of his widow Ulrika who I spoke to on Thursday. Last week they were ploughing his special "preparations" into the fields which will yield  this autumn"s potatoes. Their spinach is particularly dark and rich with really strong leaves. We are looking forward to their salad packs which always include interesting leaves like mizuna, sorrel and baby red chard and purple basil. They should be available next month.
 
We are hoping for some swiss chard from Suffolk next week but apart from pointed cabbage  and spinach we will be a bit short of greens. The organic celery from Spain is big, crunchy and juicy and we have delicious citrus from there too including ortanique clementines and navelina oranges. The radishes are also big and crunchy and liven up a salad very well as do the plump spring onions
 
 
 
 
Saturday 13th April
Temperatures are starting to rise so the land will very slowly begin to warm up so that crops can grow properly at last! As we are supporting our growers to clear their winter fields and the menu has been a little repetitive I will include another delicious serving suggestion.
Here is a very tasty Asian dressing for steamed  broccoli , greens or pak choi  
Peel a thumbsized piece of ginger and a clove of garlic and grate into a bowl. Halve,  de-seed and finely chop a fresh red chilli and add to the bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and the juice from 1 lime. Drizzle in a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Whisk the dressing together and pour over the greens. This is such a clever recipe as it allows the flavour of the vegetable to come out despite the exotic eastern influences!
 
 
 
Saturday 6th April
The news from our growers is in summary that everything is running behind schedule owing to winter lasting so long. Ploughing, clearing fields and sowing are all a month behind. The rainfall we get will be extra crucial this year as well, they say. Seeing as good old spring greens seem to make it into our boxes a lot at the moment I thought the odd recipe may help.
 
This is a Jamie Oliver one and we enjoyed it here

Spaghetti with olive oil garlic and spring greens

Ingredients

400g spaghetti
 Extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 
1 head of spring greens, rinsed and finely sliced 
Zest and juice of 1 large unwaxed lemon
A good handful of finely grated parmesan

 

1. Cook the spaghetti in a saucepan of salted boiling water according to the packet instructions, around 8 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and chilli and fry for a minute or so, until the garlic is starting to colour. Add the spring greens and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3–4 minutes or until the greens have wilted a little. Grate over the lemon zest.
3. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with a splash of the water it was cooked in. Squeeze over the lemon juice and serve topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a wispy pile of grated parmesan.

 

We took a delivery of organic baby blood oranges (clementine sized and quite easy to peel) from Spain on Wednesday. They are completely peuce throughout and gorgeous. They will be in the fruit boxes but I recommend a side order of these if you only get veg!

 
 
 
 
Saturday 16th March
 
Our organic cauliflower grower in Jersey is sending us a very good harvest but has had a real job keeping the pigeons off his crops - there is so little else for them to eat at this time of year! They have scarecrows and weird contraptions which flap around in the strong winds but still sustain damage from the more tenacious birds.
 Our spring greens grower in Cornwall has had the same trouble and is rather grumpy about the birds but has still managed to produce lovely juicy greens.
Cheryl from Royal Oak farm in Ormskirk who grows our purple sprouting broccoli was saying the field she was planning to harvest this weekend was under snow a couple of days ago. Unless she gets some rain we may not get any psb this week - we'll see. Such are the challenges this long winter is presenting. Whatever the weather we will do our best to provide good value and largely uk grown organic produce!
 
 
 
 
Saturday 9th March
 
We are expecting the first uk organic purple sprouting broccoli to arrive on Tuesday so we are very pleased about that! It will be lovely to enjoy those sweet florets and juicy stems again. Mediterranean items such as aubergine and courgettes are quite expensive at the moment so we recommend sticking to good old winter roots especially since the weather is not warming up just yet. Here are some good recipes.
You can substitute parsnips and fennel for celeriac by the way.
 
We have reverted to unwashed organic carrots as they are more perfumed and keep for longer.
 
We have uk organic conference pears which are sweeter than the Red Bartletts and Williams and more local.
Only a few weeks until the clocks change to British Summer Time so there is hope despite the gloom! 
 
 
 
Saturday 23rd February
 
Our green Brussels tops and flower sprouts are coming to an end sadly but we will have lovely juicy red Brussels Sprouts tops for the coming week. Our uk organic spring greens completely sold out this week and were well received - there is another batch coming in on Tuesday. Our caulis are purple this week and we have Red Bartlett pears - can you see a pattern forming? The crunchy red pears added a splash of colour to our green salad this week. For a treat I recomend our Black "Sweet Surrender" grapes which make you sit up and blink! Our clemenules and blood oranges have superb flavour - really strong.
Don't forget we have dedicated organic juicing carrots and apples which are cheap.
 
Please note that most deliveries will be made on Thursdays for the next month (some very early in the morning) as Teresa will be away.
 
Saturday 16th February
 

Apparently the  uk organic kale season is over for this year but I don't believe it - I'm sure one of our growers will find some in a field he had forgotten about -  but that may just be wishful thinking. The good news is that there is the first batch of organic spring greens  of the year coming in this week. Flower sprout tops are a good substitute for kale so there is no need for Sarah Capricorn (our resident greens advocate and connoisseur) to panic just yet - there may even be some cavolo nero soon!

May I remind you that Traditional Herefordshire beef is available from Capricorn via Hazeldene farm should anyone be interested in eminently traceable meat. I collect from the farm personally each week.  I can email a list on request. They have rare breed British pork lamb and chicken as well.

 
Saturday 9th February
 
About a year ago, Sarah introduced the new vegetable  organic Flower Sprouts. She described them as a cross between Brussels sprouts and Red Kale - "and they really are like small,  light,  loosely packed Brussels sprouts surrounded by baby red kale leaves" in other words MUCH more attractive and universally acceptable than regular Brussels. I can't improve on Sarah's description but I can recommend them and they're back for a short season - maybe 3 or 4 weeks. We have Flower Sprouts tops as well for the first time and they are something to behold - really beautiful red leaves which are juicy and sweet. They are a welcome substitute for kale which has been tricky to harvest of late.
 
In a week where trust in food provenance has been brought into question yet again, I have been reading about problems for biotech companies and the world of GM food. EU and American scientists have discovered a potentially dangerous gene in over 60% of  commercially available GM food crops. They are recommending a suspension of all GM food crops and a withdrawal from sale of all GM food products. Once again we at Capricorn Organics and our colleagues, growers and customers are reminded why we are investing in organic methods of food production.
 
Here is a link to an article which starts quite readable to the lay person but gets steadily more academic - there is an interesting series of blogs at the end - it is worth scrolling down if the science jargon gets too intense!
 
 
Here is a link to a Daily Mail article from a few weeks ago - definitely readable to non-scientists!
 
 
 
Saturday 2nd February
 
Although it is getting harder as winter continues, we at Capricorn are still managing to supply our customers with largely UK grown organic produce.
The roots and brassicas are still coming in very flavoursome and the slowly lenthening days are making a difference to our growers already. We have a wide range of uk oganic herbs like coriander and dill to complement the vegetables. Why not try some or all of our organic sprouted beans, lentil, chick pea, sango radish, mung, alfalfa.... highly nutritious and give you energy - much needed at this time of year!
 
We have got green hokkaido and red kuri squashes and really delicious Elstar apples (Teresa bit into one this week while packing and kept saying "wow") from our colleagues in Holland as our English ones are slightly losing their crunch sadly.
 
We made a roasted pepper salad this week - organic sweet peppers are coming in cheaper at the minute so I recommend taking advantage. Also juicing carrots and apples are extra good value right now.
 
 
 
Saturday 19th January
 
We have organic horseradish tubers this week and they are so rarely available that I have to give them a mention here,  speaking as one who loves a bit of heat in his food. It's really easy to make the traditional sauce to accompany roast beef . http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_prepare_horseradish/ (I love they way you are recommended to hold them at arms length when peeling to protect the eyes) Traditional Herefordshire beef is available from Capricorn Organics care of Hazeldene Farm in Chesham Bucks www.hazeldenefarm.com. Liz and Steve look after their animals beautifully. 
 There some really interesting vegetarian recipes for horseradish in this link  http://www.yummly.com/recipes/horseradish-vegetarian
 
The English apple season continues and we have Topaz this week which is similar in flavour to James Grieve, a good old English variety.
 
Teresa and I put together a  £10 juicing box  last week which we are pleased with. I just smuggled some fennel into my daughters' diet by disguising the aniseedy flavour with just enough ginger in their carrot and apple juice! It includes 1kg juicing apples 1kg juicing carrots 400g beetroot 350g fennel 100g ginger and a stick of celery.
 
Kiwi fruit and spinach are back in stock and I am adding organic ciabatta and pain de campagne to the list of breads.
 
 
 
 
 
Monday 14th January
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Saturday 12th January
 
We have very good quality organic romanesco cauliflowers with their extraordinary fractal patterns and  spring greens fresh in this week. Amazingly there are still more UK squashes coming in and I recommend the red onion variety with its dense orange flesh.
 
UK  organic eating  apples are still available and this week the tastiest and crunchiest are Red Pippins and Santanas
 
Please note that we have juicing carrots and juicing apples so it's really worth ordering extra of these as they are really good value just now.
 
Saturday 5th January
 
We are back and ready to supply fresh and nutritious organic produce or another year. Our growers are coping with truly terrible wet conditions but are bringing in an impressive selection of fruit and veg.  The ones near the banks of the Thames, Severn and Stour in Kent are being regularly flooded and it's a miracle they are still functioning . There is plenty of variety as regards cabbages and greens. Our UK organic pak choi is looking very good - something nice and light after  festive indulgence perhaps!  We also have Moro Blood Oranges from Sicily which are good progression from Christmas clementines.
Like this time last year we have detox juicing selections - apples beetroot and carrots and celery. I recommend beetroot fennel and apple with a bit of ginger for a bit more zing!  
Happy New Year!
 
Saturday 15th  December
 
We are getting prepared for our last delivery week of the year. There are some lovely festive clementines with leaves from Corsica, red cabbages and Brussels sprouts from Royal Oak Farm in Ormskirk Lancs. See below some recipes I recommend to make the best of this beautifully grown organic produce at Christmas.,We also have packs of mixed organic nuts containing almonds walnuts and hazelnuts.
 
 
Below are our special Christmas boxes - orders asap please!
 

Veg/Roast box

Salad box

Fruit box

Deluxe addition box

£22

£16

£17

£6.50

2kg Potatoes

1kg Carrots

1kg Onions

1 x Leek

500gr Parsnip

Brussels Sprouts or

Cabbage

1 x Broccoli

200gr Mushrooms

Squash or Sweet

potatoes

1 x Garlic

1 x Lettuce

1 x Cucumber

800gr Tomatoes

1 x Pepper

1 x Courgette

1 x Avocado

1 x Spring onion

2 x Lemons

 

1kg Apples

1kg Pears

800gr Clementines
with leaves

hand Bananas

5 x Kiwis

 

1 x Celeriac

1 x Red cabbage

200gr Cranberries


Quantities and contents may vary with availability.

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2013. Thanks for your support this year.

 
 
 
Saturday 1st December
 
I am delighted to read that the BBC Farmer of the Year award has gone to the organic farmer Guy Watson at Riverford Farm in Devon. I met him in the mid nineties during my Abel & Cole days when he was our main supplier back when the box scheme was in its infancy.  He has done a great job for a long time and thoroughly deserves this award. It is very affirming for all of us in the organic industry especially during a recession, that our methods of sustainable food production meet such wide approval.
 
As we had hoped , our heroic growers have somehow mangaged to deliver produce to us agains the odds - thank heavens there were some root vegetables in store from dryer times earlier in the season.
 
The LPG truck that comes up from Spain has brought some organic Seville Oranges which are of excellent quality, however I recommend giving the courgettes and cucumbers a miss as their weather has pushed up the prices beyond reasonable levels.
 
I have put UK organic Brussels Sprouts on the list now - it's that time of year I'm afraid!
We will be delivering right up to Thursday December 20th and free range Bronze turkeys, ducks and geese are available to order now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday 24th November
 
The selections this week were uber seasonal as they consisted purely of produce from farmers who could actually get vehicles onto their land! It has been so wet! We heard from three growers who had the most beautiful fields of organic vegetables but just couldn't get at them - very frustrating.
 
However what we do have is very good. There is really fine organic broccoli  coming in from Lincs this week and there is still an abundance of squashes and pumpkins from Kent. Our fennel is particularly plump and flavoursome now. I recommend juicing it with white cabbage and apples - it gives you a real zing - a bit of ginger makes it really zingy if you like that sort of thing.  We made a lovely organic white cabbage soup to fortify us against  the rain and  wind.
I also have to mention the organic chestnut mushrooms from the Hearnes and Springfireld Capel in Suffolk - they are truly exquisite.
 
I think our growers are in for continued challenging harvesting but we still intend to deliver plenty of variety to Southeast London.
 
Saturday 10th November
 
Thank you for accepting the new delivery day of Thursday/Friday morning. This will really help us to continue to provide a good service.
Here at Capricorn World Group Headquarters we are enjoying some of the more wintry organic veg by making Celeriac and Potato Gratin.
This serves 6 people so do scale it all down if necessary - it is one of those recipes that you can easily adapt to whatever  you have in stock!
1 pt vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
½ tsp grated nutmeg
500g celeriac
500g onions
500g potatoes
250g fennel
250g parsnips
15floz crème fraiche
2 - 3 tbsp mixed chopped herbs
For the topping:
125g Cheddar cheese, grated
75g fresh breadcrumbs
 Method:
Peel and slice the vegetables and then place them in a large pan with the stock, bay leaf and spices
Bring to the boil and cook for 8-10 minutes.
Transfer the vegetables to a lightly greased ovenproof dish.

Remove the bay leaf and spices, and then boil the stock rapidly until it is reduced to about 1/2 pint.

Stir in the crème fraiche and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Add the herbs and seasoning, and then spoon it over the vegetables.

Mix the cheese and breadcrumbs together and then sprinkle over the vegetables.
 

Bake the gratin in a medium hot oven (160C) for 1 hour.

 

All of these organic vegetables are available at Capricorn Organics so do feel free to order them individually in case I don't put them all into the set selections!

I hope you agree that the Rudford Russet apples from Kent are excellent - I will be moving on to Remarka potatoes next week - they are not so muddy (thank heavens!) and are suitable for baking boiling chipping and roasting. I am phasing out lettuce for reasons of provenence and price. Do let me know if you would like some though. There is some amazing  organic  Frisee (frizzy) lettuce around at the minute.

 
 
 
Saturday 3rd November
 
I had fun doing deliveries on Halloween and discovering people's differing attitudes towards trick or treaters! I even got a couple of organic lollipops (ok, maybe not organic) from people who had not put a pumpkin out and were disappointed not to have been visited by the local children and their parents- it seems to be the expected signal nowadays!
 
I then got home and made mashed organic potato and swede to warm me up. I put it all through a ricer especally to get rid of swede lumps and added some dijon mustard a little butter to make it lovely and smooth and lots of black pepper. Just before serving my UK organic spinach I added some nutmeg creme fraiche and a drop of lemon juice and gently stirred it round until combined - quite a nice variation. 
 
There are some  uk organic parsnips around now. I was amused to read that the Russian for parsnip is Pasternack. Ours come from East Kent where the sandy soil is ideal.
 
Happy Bonfire Night. We shall be looking after the cats....
 
 
 
Thursday 18th October
 
This week Southeast London was treated to wind and rain and sunshine. After the deliveries were done there was nothing left in the Capricorn van but autumn leaves which I haven't swept out as they are quite decorative!
 
Marvellous to have some green Brussels sprout tops this week. It's still so mild we chopped some up raw  and made a salad with raw crunchy uk organic fennel. There's another tasty recipe here
 
 
I notice there is a pumpkin day at Mole End Farm in Kent this Saturday if you fancy a free day out. Mole End supply us with a lot of our apples.
 
Have a good week.
 
 
 
 
Thursday 11th October
 
The sunshine this week has been genuinely warm and then it has rained gently - fine droplets and no wind. It should rain at this time of year after all. It is still warm enough for lots of organic produce to grow nicely. We loved packing Rainbow Chard from Suffolk this week. It is such a great vegetable. We steamed it, drained, it  and added a little soured cream and lemon juice. There are more ideas about chard at this link  http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/aug/24/chard-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall.
 
Out of the eleven squash varieties available this week Blue Ballet seems to be the most impressive. It has bright orange fibre-less flesh which ends up smooth and moist. You can even make a cake with it. http://www.butcherbakerblog.com/2008/11/23/blue-ballet-squash-honey-drizzle-cake/
 
Also just in are Kentish Falstaff apples. These are a successful result of combining Golden Delicious and James Grieve to produce an apple with the sweetness of Golden Delicious and the pleasant acidity of James Grieve. They are very good eaters and juicers. There is a greater volume of Rudford Russetts this week in case you tried and failed to order some a few weeks ago.
 
 
 
 Thursday 4th October
 
I was reading earlier in the week about the plight of large-scale potato producers and processors dealing with the effects of this year's drought/deluge rainfall pattern. The impact on the tubers is growth splits where deep ridges form, and hollow hearts. These cause big problems when you need to make tons of chips and crisps.  They identify the hollow heart ones when they float in the wash tanks - the full dense ones sink!
 
My heart is not breaking because out of the hundred or so kilos of Organic Picasso potatoes from the family run Royal Oak Farm in Ormskirk Lancs  I packed this week, only one potato had a growth split. Get your spuds here and don't believe these stories that potatoes are fattening. Eaten in moderation (with a little salt-free butter and creme fraiche if you must) they are an important part of a balanced diet and will not cause you to gain weight. They are a source of vitamin C and potassium and even a little protein! Look at this link.
 
We also get our uk organic carrots from Royal Oak farm and they (the carrots) are also thriving in these conditions rather than getting split and hollow. Organic growers work better with nature you see?
 
We now have Santana apples and Conference pears from Suffolk. The celeriac have lost their tops now but we were still able to make a nice celeriac gratin this week - very perfumy. http://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/celeriac-and-chilli-gratin/
 
 
 
 
Thursday 27th September
 
I have been working long hours and getting wet rather more often than I thought necessary this week. The result in the kitchen, having looked at what we have - lots of pumpkiny things, leeks and celery and celeriac with leafy tops - soup! Let the stove do the work and take a load off is my motto this week. Some of our growers have it a lot worse with low-lying fields under water. The main worry is  potatoes and carrots which may be lost.  We have plenty of both for the next few weeks so no need to worry just yet.
 
Against all these odds we still have lovely UK organic produce coming in. Spinach and cauliflowers (yellow sunset and green emerald as well as the usual white) from Kent, very attractive Rainbow Chard from Hampshire and excellent leeks from Bucks.  It's a great time for juicing as we have red and golden beetroot (really hard and dense), UK celery and fennel and superb Kentish Early Windsor and Red Pippin apples.
 
 
Thursday 20th September
 
Leaves are turning and falling, the days are slowly getting shorter BUT we have lots of UK squashes and pumpkins to keep us amused and delight us with their various colours and shapes. We have Acorn, Blue Ballet, Crown Prince,  Harlequin.  Green Kabocha (like Hokkaido), Red Kuri,  Spaghetti and Turks Turban.  Here is an easy recipe I use. To avoid peeling, cut out a lid at the opposite  end to the stalk end with a short stubby knife  and dig out and discard the seeds. Pour in four tablespoons of olive oil and a crushed clove of garlic and salt and pepper. Replace the 'lid' and  bake for 45 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees. Cut into portions and remove skin once served on the plate.
 
We also have UK spinach which is excellent quality and value. I also jumped at the celeriac with tops this week - the flavour is at its most intense now and you can use the tops too - marvellous!
 
The English  Organic Apple season is in full swing - every year I  forget how vivid the flavours are. I recommend the Worcesters which are crunchy and have just the right level of sweetness. There will be more and more varieties coming in over the next few weeks so don't miss out!  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday 13th September
 
We have been driving around all summer catching glimpses of fields of  sweetcorn getting taller and taller. It is ready at last!  Our Essex grower brought them in yesterday and I stripped a cob and ate it all raw - it was that sweet and juicy. I am looking forward to putting it in the boxes next week. In view of the weather forecast, it looks warm and dry enough to barbecue them this weekend. I like making veggie kebabs with English courgettes peppers and onions while on the subject of  outdoor cooking.
 
We have lovely ingredients for late summer salads -  French beans and runner beans (from Hampshire) with chopped red onions and tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar is a quick salad to prepare and gives you energy. Purple Haze carrots from Lancashire will be around briefly. They are very sweet and produce the most extraordinary blue-coloured water after boiling or steaming. They also add a bit of glamour to the plate!
 
I have to mention some more varieties of  potatoes which keep appearing.  Arran Rose and Red Cara potatoes are UK Heritage varieties and they are very flavoursome and pretty with their pink patches.
 
Enjoy the sunshine and good organic fruit and veg - what a lovely combination! 
 
 
 
 
Thursday 6th September

The new uk carrots we have  at the moment are reassuringly earthy and perfumed.  They have been put to good use here in salads and cut into batons to have with dips along with the magnificent celery (also uk) which is big and juicy.
Mind you, the mornings have been a bit fresh haven't they? brrrrr! We might have to consider a big Sunday roast soon I think...
 

Whatever the weather, our Seaweed Kale with  stems a
delicate purple colour,  fit in well with almost any meal AND look very pretty.
The Broccoli is coming in from  Cambridgshire and is very dark green and firm at the minute. We tried the following recipe for Asian Broccoli (http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarbsidedishes/r/asianbroccoli.htm) It introduces really exciting flavours and the broccoli taste still comes through. I recommend a spoonful of old- fashioned sugar and we didn't have slivered almonds so used pine nuts instead.
This is such a fantastic time of year for buying organic as it's the harvest season and I'm happy to report that all the veggies in last week's seasonal boxes were UK grown!

Start planning stuff for after the Paralympics by the way- it will be quiet when they are over!


Thursday 31st August
 
I hope  an excellent August was had by all?  The buckets and spades are still in the car and the words "back to school" are being avoided around here. The Paralympics are a great distraction but normal routine and lovely organic fruit and veg must be returned to next week! 
 
There is still a fantastic variety of greens of all sorts, funky cauliflowers (purple graffiti, romanesco and emerald), runner beans, very sweet garden peas, patty pan squash (yellow UFOs - we have been roasting these with English courgettes and peppers - very tasty I can tell you)  and two varieties of heritage potatoes (Witchill and Lady Balfour). 
 
Discovery apples (which make amazing  juice with a pink blush) are available and I am told that juicy sweetcorn will be ready in the next few weeks. I tasted some Muscat de Hambourg  grapes yesterday and they are as rich and gorgeous as they are every year.
 
Come on Team GB!
 
Thursday 26th July

Is it me or are sleeping and eating habits a bit different in this heat - a bit later to bed  and lighter meals seem to be what's happening in our house.

I'm trying to avoid using the cooker in the interests of keeping cool so am making salads. Our kale, both green and black (cavolo nero), is looking really good and it's soft and juicy enough to have in a salad. Whizz it around in the food mixer with a carrot, half an onion and a strip or two of red pepper. Serve it cold with a simple vinaigrette - lovely.
There is some very good English celery which came in yesterday and Pembrokeshire Orla potatoes make a great potato salad with spring onions, a few slices of raw mushrooms and grated cheese along with some mayo and creme fraiche - yum. Our British growers are sending us fab summer produce and now we have the weather to match!

Keep cool and a have a great week.






Friday 20th July

This week seems to have flown by - for me it was definately end of term madness with concerts and sports days as well as a variety of non school related appointments. The madness will continue however as the Olympic traffic chaos has started even though the games haven't. I foresee much night time driving over the next week or two!

With the approaching 'heatwave' (or 'summer', if you like!) I'm looking foward to eating some great big salads and the produce is looking fit for purpose - the uk cucumbers have thicker skins than the imported ones but are easily peeled ( I half peel mine) and are so much tastier. The uk peppers are a treat at the moment and the aubergines are looking good too - I'm planning my outdoor eating already!
We will hopefully see the first of the uk peas this coming week and more of the fantastic uk spring onions and that's the potato salad taken care of! I'm off to the kitchen to whip something up for tea and here's looking foward to a delicious week ahead!







Friday 13th July

Another week of chaotic weather with almost tropical storms on wednesday - hail stones and rainbows is not something we see everyday in lovely South East London!

The weather is really starting to take it's toll in the fields with farmers reporting crops damaged by the heaviness of the rain and flooded fields making harvesting impossible and
drowning crops. The dampness means there are more slugs than normal too. To tackle this last problem, conventional farmers are using up to three times more pesticides, a shocking figure which only serves to reinforce my commitment to organic farming.

With that in mind, i'm happy to report that we are expecting runner beans
this week as well as khol rabi and my favourite, cavolo nero (black cabbage), all from the uk. We also have some lovely new season apples(delprival) and pears(guyot), from Italy and France respectively.





Friday 29th June

The summer produce is really coming in to it's own now, the lettuce are looking amazing at the moment and are absolutely delicious.

The potato variety has changed to charlotte - a salad potato with a lovely buttery flesh - one of my favourites!

There are some fantastic uk globe artichokes, both green and purple which I am price matching to the supermarkets non organic artichokes at £1.90ea. We also have fresh garlic from the uk which smells fantastic and is delicious roasted and i like mine poached in oil (recipe below) and drizzled on everything!

http://www.israelikitchen.com/everyday-cooking/recipe-fresh-garlic-confit/



Friday 22nd June

I hope you all enjoyed the solstice this week - now summer has truely begun!

More and more of the produce are coming from the uk - courgettes, spring onions and fresh garlic were added to the list this week.

We now have packhams pears - the conference are definately finished - and with luck, we should have some gooseberries (uk) available for tuesday. The mangoes are looking great at the moment, the variety is  Keitt and they are a very sensible price. The melons are now coming from Spain, both the galia and honeydew are looking particularly good.



Friday 15th June

What a funny weather week it has been! We packed autumnal looking boxes this week as the weather didn't feel very summer-like and have been enjoying soups and cheesy bakes all week, with just a small salad on the side. Not what you would anticipate for this time of year!


There are a wide variety of lettuces available at the moment, the Salanova are particularly lovely - just a mass of crisp baby leaves, it's the cutest looking lettuce we've ever seen!

As anticipated both the broads beans and spinach are now in stock and along with the squashes, sweet potatoes and summer cabbages, they are making a fine accompaniment to the salads!

I'm off to throw some bits and peices in the slow cooker - a piece of equipment that is normally packed away by this time of year but hey-ho, at least the garden is looking lush!






Friday 8th June

I hope you all had a lovely double bank holiday despite the weather.

As we return from the spring break I always hope to see the first broad beans of the season as well as the long awaited return of the spinach! If we are lucky there will also be some new season uk carrots to go with the bountiful uk salad produce. The new season fennel has also arrived.

It's looking like a rather blustery weekend ahead and some more rain as well next week which is making me think of soups and stews, rather than salads!  I'm happy to report that there are butternut squashes, some red kuri and sweet potatoes and that the summer cabbages and spring greens are still looking good, for those of you who are also craving something warm!






Friday 25th May

After the rain, the sunshine has made the uk crops flourish. The salad season is certainly here at last!

The
lettuces are looking great with batavia (red or green), cos, little gem and red oakleaf to choose between, as well as the packets of rocket. There are also the uk ridged cucumbers. The lovely summer cabbages have arrived and the new uk pots (coleen) too.






Friday 11th May

How fantastic to wake up to blue skies this morning - it is meant to be sunny all weekend but looking out of the window now, I have a feeling that there will be rain by lunchtime!

This week we see the arrival of some lovely english new season potatoes - the variety is 'coleen'
It may seem a little silly to give a recipe for a potato salad but here at Capricorn HQ we don't like the traditional, mayonnaise laden, potato salads but we do enjoy a lighter version - like this -

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2668/warm-potato-salad          (one small note - coleen are not 'baby' new potatoes).

There will be no muddy carrots for a little while but it won't be long before the new season sandy carrots are with us.






Friday 4th May

I can't believe another week has flown by and we about to have another bank holiday - lets hope for a dry spell over the weekend!

I'm happy to report that the uk salad packs have started to come in - last week we had a mixed salad bag and uk rocket - both unwashed and delicious. While we wait for the uk cucumbers we are enjoying the bendy cucmbers from holland that seem to come in all shapes and sizes and are very tasty - we are loving them.

The first of the 'lighter' uk greens arrived last week with the appearance of red russian kale, one of the favourires with all of us Capricorn girls - there should be more this week along with the spring greens.

There are some delicious new season plums available now.

Deliveries will be on Wednesday this week because of the Bank Holiday - i hope you enjoy the long weekend.






Friday 27th April

Here at Capricorn Towers we are completely loving the month appropriate weather; the mad wind swept hair do's and the opportunity to jump in very large puddles - what a joy!

In stock now are french turnips - the small white kind with purple tops - great for a minestrone. We also have uk grown pak choi and the first of the uk peppers
- a sure sign of some warmer weather.

I can't emphasise enough how gorgeous the spanish clementines are at the moment, so sweet and juicy.

We are now able to supply Albert Bartlett Roosters - a red skinned, good alround potato - a lovely gap filler as the main crop potatoes are going out of season and the new potatoes haven't really come in to their own yet.


Friday 20th April

I thought i would start this week with a recipe as there were celeriac in the boxes on tuesday and i often get asked how to cook and eat them. Old time customers will know I am a fan of a home made coleslaw and will happily put celeriac in that (or try this! http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2011/11/celeriac-slaw-or-celeri-remoulade.html) and that we love rosti on a lazy weekend morning in our house (http://www.theorganicpantry.co.uk/organic-veg-boxes/recipes/25-potatoes-and-celeriac-rosti.html) but this week i decided to try a new recipe which we loved and will be having again over the weekend - thank you Jamie Oliver (it's not often you'll hear me say that!!) - i think it's the thyme we liked especially and we are lucky to be able to find it easily in the shops around brockley.
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetarian-recipes/smashed-celeriac

The winter greens are definately running thin now but this week we are hoping to see some spring greens.
Last weeks rhubarb was delicious, there will be more again this week and there are still some Bramely apples - it looks like time for another crumble!








Friday 13th April

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend over easter.

What a day to make a return to work - we are not superstitious in this house - mainly because I was born on friday 13th - so a rather lucky day instead and a good excuse for a celebration! There are three friday the 13th's this year - each 13 weeks apart, the first one was in January (my birthday!), today and another in July, so a rather auspicious year all round!

It's normally after the easter break that we start to see a change in the stock and things start to look a little more summery.
I am looking foward to seeing the first of the new season potatoes - they will be 'nicola' from Italy.

The english apple stock is now fully depleted but we have the arrival of some delectable plums
and from the uk, rhubarb to fill the gap! Apple varieties are currently Braeburn and Cripps pinks (both from Italy) - delicious.

After two weeks off there is nothing left in the cupboard for me to go and experiment with as i normally do on a friday, so no interesting recipes this week, but i'm sure i'll be back to it next week!




Thursday 5th April


There will be
no delivery next week - 10th April  as we take a short break and enjoy the bank holiday.

Happy Easter to you all. Hope you have a lovely time, whatever you're doing.



Friday 23rd March

Well, i can't believe how wrong i got the weather outlook last week - it turned out lovely after all! Now spring is here and the forecast is looking good for the weekend. Fantastic!

The spring greens and cauliflowers from Cornwall are both in now and particularly delicious. The purple sprouting broccoli is still going strong - although i imagine that it won't be around after Easter - the season is usually very short.

The fruit is all looking very good at the moment - everyone is raving about our Tarocco blood oranges - they are so good and we now have some delicious clementines also from Spain which are sweet,sweet, sweet and very juicy - what a treat at this time of year. There are still a few seville oranges around for anyone who is wishing they had made some marmalade - it's not too late!


Friday 16th March

After all the beautiful sunshine we've been having the last couple of weeks I can't believe that it's clouding over and looking grey for the first day of spring!
It will be the vernal equinox on tuesday while we are packing and delivering your delicious veggies. This really does mark the beginning of spring, or the first day of the year for some, Happy Nowruz / Happy New Year if you are celebrating! As the seasons change we can look foward to the arrival of some more summery uk produce. Long standing customers will know that this normally starts after Easter - so still a few weeks away yet but close enough for some anticipation!

The cauliflowers from cornwall mentioned in last weeks update had not arrived in time for us, but i have been assured that there will be some for this coming week. I was happy to discover some lovely spring greens though, which made up for this disappoint!

The Tarocco blood oranges that are currently available have been my favourite so far - they are so sweet and very juicy. We are also anticipating the arrival of some plums - both red (laietitia) and yellow (sungold).  We've also been getting our taste of summer from kiwis in the last week or two. They are particularly good at the moment - it's the height of the season in Italy where ours come from - and very good value too. Who knew that Italy is now the main producer of Kiwis?! I once ate a sublime kiwi and mascarpone dessert and, it being friday, i'm off to the kitchen to see if i can replicate it - recipe to follow!


Friday 9th March

We are truely in the 'hungry gap' now - my least favourite time of year when there are very few greens to be had! There are still plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables around though and we currently have lovely Roscff Cauliflowers from Cornwall - a creamy coloured cauli with a delicious flavour. There are still cabbages of all kinds and the purple sprouting brocolli is still going strong.
This week we will have Tarocco blood oranges  (apparently we've had sanguinello since the moro too) from a small family producer in Spain, more red and more delicious if that's possible!


Friday 2nd March
Not such a glorious morning for this update plus we have workman and a cement mixer right outside which seem to be clouding my mind also!

Not much to report this week - although i did see some beautiful globe artichokes arriving from Italy last week and hope to see them again this week - £1.30 a piece.

I'm off to the kitchen - as usual on a friday - but only to tackle the pile washing up that's accumulated while i wasn't paying attention!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Saturday 25th Feb
What a beautiful morning in South East London! It really feels like spring is on the way, we have blossom on one of our trees and I saw some Crocus in full bloom yesterday - beautiful! I do know, however, that it is a little early for getting excited about good weather - it's just so nice not to be working outside in the freezing cold!
The cabbages are looking great at the moment, we are in the part of the year when a lot of the other greens don't always survive the weather but the January Kings and Savoys are going strong. The Cauliflowers and Purple Sprouting Broccoli are also back in stock after disappearing briefly.
There is also a new stock of Blood Oranges - the variety is Moro which are lovely and sweet with a tart edge and they are particularly red at the moment! Delicious in a winter salad - i like mine squeezed over very finely sliced fennel( http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/fennelandorangesalad_82372) or in those lovely winter slaws that we are eating a lot of at the moment and i have just learnt that they have much more vitamin C than the average orange - Wow!
Beetroot is also in season at the moment and i have been experimenting with cake/brownie recipes which include beetroot - it's not that i need to disguise vegetables to make them edible in my house but more that i need to make my chocolate obsession seem more healthy! This is the cake recipe we like the most - we love it warm!
http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/553/chocolate-fudge-beetroot-cake.aspx
The picture here isn't the best - i have never used a bundt tin, but the recipe really works!



Friday 17th Feb

It's good to get back to some mild weather - the farmers were having trouble harvesting some crops in the freezing temperatures but everything is looking good again now.
The uk apples and pears have finally come to an end and the stock will come from all over europe for a while, Italy and Holland mostly. This means the varieties will change again - last week there were braeburn and fuji. I hope to see both conference and comice pears.

The celeriac is in the height of it's season at the moment and looking fantastic. The fennel is also looking great -a delicious winter slaw looks like the order of the day and here are my two favourite recipes

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/winter-slaw-recipe-ghk0111

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetarian-recipes/the-best-winter-veg-coleslaw

Both the red and white cabbages are from the uk at the moment.

I'm off to the kitchen to whip up something delicious.......








There is
NO delivery this week
13th Feb
- we are enjoying a well deserved rest (and trying to defrost our brains after working in the recent sub zero temperatures!)

Back to normal for deliveries on the 21st Feb

Many thanks







Friday 27th Jan

This week i am excited to be able to offer a 'new' vegetable! We were able to get a taste of it last week, called Flower Sprouts, it is a cross between Kale (the red russian type i believe) and Brussel Sprouts! Even as a greens lover (though i'm not a great fan of Brussels) i thought this sounded a little suspect but NO! It is slightly sweet and it really is like a loosely packed little brussel sprout, surrounded by baby kale leaves!  The overall opinion here at Capricorn Towers....delicious!
Here are a couple of links, both quite funny....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/surrey/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8496000/8496460.stm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-1244520/The-flower-sprout-new-vegetable-children-hate.html









Friday 20th Jan

There's only so much a girl can say about greens - no matter how enthusiastic she is, so this week i'd like to talk about salad! Not truely in the uk season at the moment, but i do love a little raw something from time to time - even in this cold weather.
New in for us, then, are some lovely salad packs. Available as individual items are wild rocket, baby spinach leaves or corn salad plus there are two salad mixes, the oriental - choggia, katsoi, mizuna  (that's radicchio, baby pak choi and rocket!) and a general salad mix of rocket, radicchio and shredded carrot. 100gr punnets all at £2.25ea. Delicious!
Sticking with the non uk produce, we also now have black
grapes available  (midnight beauty), a few customers have been asking - and here there are!




Friday 13th Jan

What a change in the weather from yesterday to today - looks like we are having a little bit of winter after all. I'm hopeful for some snow - but only after we've done our deliveries for the week!

I needed to buy some vegetables towards the end of the Christmas break and was shocked that the non organic kale was the same price as our lovely organic kale and that the non organic and imported cavalo nero was more expensive!  It has made me very happy that we are still managing to supply fresh, organic, local, seasonal produce at fantastic prices.

We have some delicious oranges at the moment, they are from Spain and Greece and - a seasonal treat - there are blood oranges (moro) from Italy. For the marmalade makers don't forget that the seville oranges are also in season at the moment - but not for long.
We have some new varieties of greens available - the purple sprouting broccoli (uk) is cropping now - it's absolutely delicious and the first of the spring greens and pointy cabbages have arrived.




Friday 6th Jan

Welcome to a brand new year! Here at Capricorn Organics we are looking foward to another round of delicious organic fruit and vegetables.
As we head in to the deep winter season, the hardy uk vegetables will take pride of place along with the uk greens (always a favourite around here!). This is the time of year when there is a delicate balance between suppling uk based seasonal boxes, but not overwhelming you all with swedes and parsnips - a challenge I look foward to every winter!
For those of you seeking a small detox we can supply a juicing box with the classic ABC - apples,
beetroot, carrots - plus celery or whatever else you fancy. I have a penchant for vegetable juices, a little red pepper, sweet potato and parsley, but the other girls rather like more fruity juices and opt for pears and kiwis  - the choice is yours!
In other news - 
boated to the uk and now in season are Brazlian mangoes (tommy atkins) - a proper treat. For the jam makers amoungst you the seville (marmalade) oranges have arrived.






The deadline for placing Xmas orders has now passed!

Many thanks to all our customers - have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Deliveries commence again 10th January 2012


Xmas Boxes!

Each year we offer a special range of delicious boxes for delivery in the week before Christmas and this year is no exception.
This year we will be offering the following only for delivery on the 20th December

Veg/Roast box

Salad box

Fruit box

Deluxe addition box

£20

£15

£15

£6.50

3kg Potatoes

1kg Carrots

1kg Onions

1 x Leek

500gr Parsnip

Brussel sprouts or

Cabbage

1 x Broccoli

200gr Mushrooms

Squash or Sweet

potatoes

1 x Garlic

1 x Lettuce

1 x Cucumber

800gr Tomatoes

1 x Pepper

1 x Courgette

1 x Avocado

1 x Spring onion

2 x Lemons

 

1kg Apples

1kg Pears

800gr Clementines

or Satsumas

hand Bananas

5 x Kiwis

 

1 x Celeriac

1 x Red cabbage

200gr Cranberries


Quantities and contents may vary with availability

Orders need to be placed by Friday 16th December. Any queries or questions welcome!

We are delivering as normal on the 13th December

Stay warm out there people - it's looking like a chilly weekend ahead!




Friday 2nd December

Well, here we are folks, advent has started and we can no longer pretend that it is not really the countdown to Xmas anymore! I have started thinking about red cabbages - something i don't do at any other time of year and was happy to see, this week, the first of the brussel sprouts still on their stalks.
The parsnips have now had a good frost and the clemetines are looking and tasting great! 
All in all
things are shaping up nicely for some festive cheer!

I am happy to be able to add to the list Jerusalem artichokes - another love 'em or hate 'em vegetable! Plus, the uk apples are still going strong and we now have kidds orange pippins, yet another delicious variety to add to the pile.

Boated to the uk and now in season are
Brazlian mangoes (tommy atkins) and also available, ghanaian pineapples - both delicious treats.
Back to the strictly Xmas seasonal produce - we are now able to get 200gr punnets of cranberries - raw - at £3.30. We are always happy to see the medjool dates - you can order these by the number or by weight at£15.50kg - that's the same as waitrose! They are the most delicious, gooey, toffee like dates i have ever eaten.

Off the list now are the lighter greens - spinach/chard and chinese leaf - the pak choi are still available for the time being.

This week i'm off to the kitchen to try and repilcate the delicious brocolli and cheese soup we had over the summer in a pub on the cornish coast. I'm not sure it will be quite the same without the friends, the beautiful sunset or the dolphins, but wish me luck!



 




Friday 18th Nov

I'd like to start by saying a big thanks for all the quince related feedback that i've had over the last week. My quince were delicious ( à la Nigel Slater - every cooks best friend!) and it was great to hear what the rest of you are planning to do with yours. Silly me forgot to include the links last time so here they are now....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/nov/29/nigel-slater-recipes-quince

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/oct/07/quince-recipes-hugh-fearnley-whittingstall

And just to confirm that we are one step ahead of the game here at Capricorn Organics, the guardian have now written an editorial about growing quince!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/13/in-praise-of-quinces.

and they are still in stock for those of you who are ready to be converted!

I was also a little ahead of myself last week with my potato enthusiasm as the hertitage varieties have started to arrive now and baking potatoes will take on a whole new dimension! The delicious Arran Victory - please read this descrition of them, it's both beautiful and spot on - they are my personal favourite!

http://www.heritage-potatoes.co.uk/shop.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=18

In addition to these we also have Edgecote Purple (waxy) Pentland Lustre (waxy) and Ulster Sovereign (waxy but also light and fluffy!). These are all new to us so i have sent a sample of each home with Kim - our resident potato fiend and will report back with the verdict.

This week we have also sampled the new Oak Smoked Cheddar from Greens of Glastonbury. It's very smokey and reminded my sister of the Bavarian smoked cheese we used to eat in Germany as youngsters, my 9 year old liked it a lot. I would call it seriously smoked!

The uk lettuce have now finished but have been replaced with the winter supply from France. These are lovely big Batavia, red and green , Cos and Red oak leaf. These will be with us now until the spring /summer.


Friday 11th Nov

Today it certainly feels like there's a change in weather - there's a chill wind blowing in south east london!

After last weeks comment about throwing spuds in the fire i realised we haven't had jacket potatoes yet, even though the main crop pots are here. At the moment we have Cara and Picasso - both white potatoes with pink eyes.  The Cara are slightly more waxy, the picasso are similar to King Edwards, slightly floury and good for mash but both are good all rounders for boiling/roasting/chipping/baking. For lovers of red potatoes we have Robinta - a fairly new variety - there's not much information around on what they're supposed to be good for but they very quickly became a firm favourite with the Capricorn staff!!

I'm off to put my quince in the oven - this will be a first for me but on a customers advice - while my daughter picks away at a pomegranate - happy days indeed!


Friday 4th Nov

Another seasonal landmark is upon us and we still don't have the weather to match (although this is good news for heating bills everywhere!).  After last weeks Xmas related shock at the warehouse there isn't much to report this week.


Enjoy the fireworks and don't forget to throw some spuds in the fire!


Friday 28th October

You know it's really heading towards winter when the brussel sprouts arrive and.....here we are!

There are now  Brussel
sprouts  and brussel tops available. For me this means half an eye on the fast approaching festive season and just to reinforce those yuletide inklings we also have clemetines, satsumas, pomegranate and quince in stock.

For those of you who aren't ready to cast your eye in that direction yet there is still the wealth of autumnal produce with plenty of squash varieties still available and of course the ubiquitous greens
!

And for those of you who enjoy some lighter greens don't forget that the chinese leaf and pak choi are also available
now and there are still some lovely uk lettuce.



Friday 14th October

As i'm sitting here, writing, i can't help but let my gaze wonder off out the window. This is the kind of autumn day i love, a slight nip in the air but a bright clear sky and plenty of sunshine. This also makes me wonder what i'm going to put in the oven for tea, now the roasting season has really started! Just a reminder then, that the main crop potatoes are in stock to make delicious mash, jacket or roast potatoes.


Uk squashes are at their prime right now for the very same uses.  And don't forget your cooking apples to make the most of having the oven on!

If you're not quite ready to let go of the summer, the english lettuce and cucumbers are still in tip top condition. Over the next couple of weeks we will see some uk produce come to an end, the tomatoes and peppers, for example, are nearly done.

It wouldn't me, of course, if i didn't just mention the greens - there are so many types available at the moment it's hard to list, and they are all my favourites! We have seen the first crop of Red Russian Kale, more Cavolo nero and the winter cabbages are also looking good with Savoys and Jan kings top of the list at the moment.

The weather forecast  is much the same f
or the weekend, so it's bracing walks for us with something steaming and delicious, straight from the oven, when we get home - see you in a park somewhere!




Friday 7th October

The number of different squash varieties available at the moment is incredible, ranging from the small acorn squash (just chop the top off, scoop out the seeds, toss in a knob of butter and roast - 1 per person!) right through to some giant Turks Tubans. To add to last weeks list (see below) we also have red kabocha, red kuri and celebration. At least the weather now is making us feel a little more like soups, stews and roasts!

Just a reminder that there are some short season fruits available - grapes and figs - both delicious.

Very little else has changed this week - the uk harvest is still abundant although some produce will come to an end soon - most likely the broad and runner beans will be the first to go!




Recipe Ideas for your Mooli

Last weeks weird and wonderful vegetable was a giant radish - mooli or daikon - and some of you may still have it languishing in the bottom of your fridge! I've taken the indian route with these recipes (mooli) but you could always go the japanese route (daikon) they are, to all intents and purposes, the same.

http://vegeyum.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/sliced-daikon/

http://en.petitchef.com/recipes/daikonradish-salad-mooli-ka-kasmooli-ka-laccha-fid-1120352


Friday 30th Sept

How lucky we are to be having a proper indian summer but the weather man says make the most of it this weekend - it won't last!

There are some more items to be added to the stock list this week and it's certainly a great time of year for interesting vegetables! There are celeriac 'the ugly one'!, very tasty for soup or a rosti, mooli - crunchy and slightly hot - great for an autumnal salad and chinese leaf - very versitile and delicious cooked or raw. It may seem a little late in the season but there are also lovely pink fir apple potatoes, slightly waxy so great boiled or as a salad pot. And all of these produce are uk.

For those of you who like a little exotic fruit - the figs have arrived! Last week they were small and around 70p each. They are absolutely delicious and the season is short - enjoy them while they last!

Friday 23rd Sept


What gorgeous autumnal weather we are having at the moment and it looks set to continue for the next week or so. Lovely. The seasons are marching on though, whatever the weather, and we are starting to see some distinctly wintery stock. The 'summer' cabbages are now finished and we have moved on to savoy and january king, good hardy varieties. We also have the first of the parsnips now , as well as swede


However - lets not rush past autumn while it's still in it's prime! There are more squash varieties available - crown prince (the blue/grey ones - a favourite with us Capricorn girls!), green hoikoido, onion, harlequin, spaghetti and lovely little acorn squash. Phew!

There are sweetcorn now aswell.


We also have a proliferation of uk apple varieties (mostly kentish - we like it local!), last week i bought worcester pearmain, which are delicious, but there are also discovery, early windsor, fiesta and  - love 'em or hate 'em - the russets have arrived! There are some uk pears now, the variety is Louis bonne but, lets be honest, we are all waiting for the conference!

Away from the uk stock - don't forget we are in the throws of the grape season , with both red and white grapes available and the delicious  Muscat de Hamberg if you really fancy a treat






RECIPE UPDATE for this week!

I've had a number of enquiries about this weeks mystery vegetable....khol rabi. Some of you will be familiar with it as i like to get in the boxes a couple of times during the season.....but for the rest of you.......

The round thing with the sticky out bits is a khol rabi - i like to eat it raw and make it into a sort of coleslaw. Sometimes i chop it in to a stirfry. Here's a link for you with some more ideas

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jun/27/fearnley-whittingstall-cooking-with-kohlrabi

And just incase.....

The greens are rainbow chard - cook the storks a little first then add the leafy tops - takes longer to cook than spinach, but not by much! I tend to pop it in a vegetable cheese (don't do cauliflower cheese myself!) or use it instead of spinach for baked egg florentine.

One of the khol rabi recipes is a gratin with spinach....you could sub the chard and hey presto! I'm off to the kitchen now.........



Friday 16th Sept



You probably know by now that i have a passion for greens, so i'm in my element at moment! We still have some of the lighter, summer greens -pointy sweetheart cabbages, rainbow chard and spinach, and we now have the first of the the dark greens - cavolo nero, savoys and kale. All uk and very tasty.

The uk cauli's are fantastic value at the moment, last week there were purple ones, orange ones and Romanesco (the spirally green ones) - as well as the regular ones - take your pick!

There are runners, broad and dwarf beans, all looking lovely.

The salad stuff is still going strong too - lettuce, cucmber, tomatoes and peppers are all still uk.

The seasons are definately on the change, the weather has taken a distinctly autumnal turn and this is showing in the veg availability too. The uk squash are arriving, we have some patty pan (a small summer squash) as well as red kuri and turks turban, with more varieties expected over the next few weeks.The salad/new potatoes are past their best now but have been replaced with some lovely reds (Robinta) and Cara - one of our old favourites - a white potato with pink eyes. We are expecting to see some new varieties over the next couple of weeks - a red potato with red flesh and a blue potato with blue flesh!

It's also uk fruit season, we have early windsor and discovery apples at the moment, with more varieties coming later. Unfortunately the uk pears are not in yet, but there should be in very soon. The plums and greengages both cropped early, so unfortunately have finished now, but we're still hoping to see some damsons - fingers crossed! The early cooking apple variety, grenadier, is available and we've just taste tested our first apple crumble of the season on your behalf - delicious!

The grape season (not uk but you can't win them all!) is also upon us and at the moment there are tasty Muscat grapes - a real treat. They are delicious beyond words! The price may seem expensive but is very competitive - working out at £3.40 for a 400gr punnet portion.