On Monday, as squeaky and non-existent as my voice was (and still is) I took a phone call from Abel and Cole, a company that delivers organic veg boxes (among other things) to your door. I used to have boxes from them a number of years ago. However, the delivery company (a big one) wrecked so many items of produce on so many occasions that I cancelled the boxes. Not because I was disatisfied with them, not by a long shot, but because of the careless attitude of the delivery company.
Well, on Monday I started up a weekly order of a small fruit and veg box (£12.99, delivered) and it arrived today! I also got a free cook book (which is full of meat/fish/poultry recipes so will be donated to a friend – I’m a vegetarian!). My fourth box will be free if I remain with them.
The best thing of all about Abel and Cole is that you can choose to dislike foods, and also decline a particular choice for the week’s box as long as you do it by the deadline they set (for me it’s midnight on Monday into Tuesday).
So, my box arrived this morning, courtesy of their own van and driver. In it were potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnips, broccoli, grapes, apples and bananas, all organic!
So, lunchtime, I ‘celebrated’ by making a soup. Here’s what I did. There’s enough here for 4 servings for starters or two servings for hungry people.
1. Finely chop and onion and gently fry in butter in a saucepan.
2. Dice two carrots, one parsnip, one sweet potato and add to the pan and gently fry.
3. Add a heaped teaspoon of mild curry paste and stir into the veggies.
4. Add some red split lentils (a generous handful), several finely chopped dried apricots, and chopped garlic (as much as you like) and stir to coat with the butter and spice mixture.
5. Add water so that the level is around 1″ above the veggies and lentils. Bring to the boil.
6. Add some vegetable stock cubes or bouillon powder, salt and pepper to taste.
7. Simmer until lentils are cooked (around 40 minutes).
I served this with some roasted garlic sour dough bread and butter. The sour dough bread was a nice contrast to the sweet spiciness of the soup.
Even if say so myself, it was rather yummy and hit the right spot on a cold, wet day at home with me not feeling too good (still no voice, a cough and splutter to add to it too).
It was a nice way to celebrate completing my hypnotherapy essay!