As many of us have, after watching shocking documentaries on food waste, the ‘perfect vegetable’ and the extreme selection process that rules out plenty of fantastic fruit and veg being sold I wanted to join the food waste fight.
I would love to be able to run a zero food waste catering company, sadly, at the moment this just is not possible but I do ensure that at Social Pantry we try and minimise waste where we can. We have systems in place to ensure we are as minimal with our waste as possible and are continually working on making more of a difference.
In the UK, 30% of fresh produce is wasted as a result of strict supermarket specifications or because they are surplus to requirements [source: https://www.oddbox.co.uk/]
Despite all the negative press, I am excited that we are starting to see a positive change in how people shop, think and cook. With numerous veg box companies helping the revolution, surely it can only be a matter of time before we all ditch the supermarket all together?
OddBox are another company getting it totally right. A french inspired, London born company started in 2016 by Emilie and Deepak. Oddbox rescue vegetables and fruit that is not ‘perfect’ and deliver it straight to your door or office. I want to champion the great work Odd Box are doing in South London. With small, medium and large boxes you can perfectly tailor your box to arrive weekly or fortnightly at your home or office.
What I loved most about this box was the variety of the vegetables and fruit that it contained, it was hard to choose what to cook. I went back and forth between a few options.
What I made from my box:
- Coronation cauliflower (see recipe below)
- Tomato, Curry and Cauliflower Curry Hot Pot
- Roasted Beetroot, Pearl Barley and Kale Salad
- Beetroot, Pear and Apple Juice
- Pear, Apple and Kale Juice
If you live in South London, go and try Odd Box. Trust me, you’ll love it. GET YOUR BOX
Alex’s Coronation Cauliflower Recipe
One of the trends I identified for this year was Cauliflower. A totally unsung hero of my catering kitchen, it can be such a staple but also ‘glammed’ up to really feature when you need it to.
Coronation Cauliflower was an idea that came about when we were looking for good, tasty vegetarian sandwich fillings. It is moorish so make a double batch and enjoy!
One of my best ones!
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 100g mayonnaise
- 40g dried apricots – chopped
- 1 tablespoon of chopped coriander
- 1 teaspoon of chopped mint
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice – or to taste
- Good pinch of Malden salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 medium sized cauliflower
- 2 table spoon of toasted almonds or sunflower seeds
- Prep your cauliflower, take the leaves off and break into florets
- Mix all your ‘coronation’ ingredients in a bowl and season to taste
- Thoroughly mix the cauliflower through the mix making sure it is properly coated
- Toast the nuts or seeds
- Place the coronation cauliflower in a gorgeous bowl and sprinkle over the garnish.