Leeks are amazing quality this week from a mix of UK growers. They’re a common place vegetable that usually play a supporting role in dishes, but these absolutely deserve a place in the spotlight. Slow cooked or baked with thyme brings out the sweetness, whilst paired with (Oatly) cream they make a delicious pie filling.
We like to offer other rooty staples such as carrots and parsnips both washed and dirty (covered in soil), because dirty roots can be kept a lot longer and outside the fridge too. They’re also a cheaper option, but taste just as good (or better)!
Although most people eat less lettuce in the winter, it’s a great way to brighten up a plate of food. Seeing as it’s December, we’re pleased to still be able to offer both Lancashire grown little gems from Duncan Gielty’s glass house and a lovely mix of salad leaves from Glebelands down the road in Sale.
Logistically this is a challenging week. A national strike in France and a bank holiday in Spain make for tricky planning. We may be short of a few delicate lines like broccoli, coriander and spinach towards the end of the week. That said, we have plenty of Cornish cauliflowers and other UK brassicas available to keep you going.
Finally, it’s top of the season for Spanish pomegranates and persimmons. This means excellent flavour and good value!