Quick recipes for the cauliflower revolution

Forget everything you thought you knew about cauliflower: its life as a soggy school dinner side is a thing of the past, and it’s now the hottest veg of the year.

Our three easy, veggie-friendly recipes include a five-minute cous cous, a deliciously creamy curry and roasted cauliflower fajitas. Prepare to be amazed: you honestly won’t miss the meat.

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Make your own Asian-Style Kale Crisps

 

As delicious as they are trendy, kale crisps are surprisingly easy to make. Try our take on the light snack with an East Asian twist.

Ingredients

1 bag Essential Waitrose Curly Kale (200g), washed and shaken dry
1–2 tsps Saitaku Mirin Seasoning
3–4 sprays Filippo Berio Mild & Light Olive Oil Spray
¼ tsp Bart Chinese Five Spice Powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C, and line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Place the kale on the tray in a single layer. Spritz with 3–4 sprays of olive oil, and sprinkle over the mirin, salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until dry and crispy.
  4. Place the kale crisps in a bowl and sprinkle over the five spice powder, adding a little more salt to taste if necessary.

It’s crunch time: seven summery radish recipes

Did you know that radishes are one of the UK’s fastest growing vegetables? They only take about four weeks to grow from seed to ready-to-eat radish. Their bright colour, peppery flavour and crisp, crunchy texture stands out in both cold and warm salads: read on for seven different ways to enjoy them…

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Like a rocket! Natoora’s speedy seasonal recipe

Since it’s in season, make the most of fresh, peppery rocket leaves with Natoora’s Spaghetti with Rocket and Lemon recipe. Only taking 15 minutes from start to finish, it’s perfect for a midweek meal.

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Turning over new leaves

This season is all about the lush and the leafy, and with veg this fresh we like to keep it simple, adding just a few ingredients to let their flavours shine through. Here are our top picks for in-season greens. (And purples!)

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Guest post: Italian clementines from Natoora

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December is for clementines: it’s when they are in season and at their best, making the most welcome appearance on Christmas tables, or as a gift inside hampers and stockings. Once considered a special and exotic Christmas treat, they are now easily available… but not all clementines are created equal! Their quality depends hugely on where and how they are grown.

Our beautiful Italian leafy clementines come from two areas in the South of Italy. At the beginning of the season we source them from Puglia, namely from the town of Palagiano, where the best early varieties are grown. The area is known for its particularly fertile soil and mild dry climate – both ideal conditions for growing citrus. Because of their outstanding qualities, clementines from Palagiano are certified with the IGT label. Continue reading

Get out and celebrate a Swedish Midsummer

Midsummer in Sweden is so much fun for friends and foodies – and now you can take part in the UK too. I’m a Swede living in London, so I’d like to tell you why you should join in and how.

The Midsummer festivities always fall on a Friday, although thousands will be celebrating tomorrow instead. We gather around 1 o’clock – usually with the same bunch of friends every year (tradition is very important) – and kick things off with a long lunch.

The meal is actually pretty similar to Christmas. Think lots of herring, salmon and potatoes. The difference is that, this time of year, you’re sitting down with your buddies rather than your family. The food is always delicious, and everyone contributes something.

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A Midsummer buffet

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A cake with fresh strawberries

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Natoora guest post: Pink is my favourite orange

Some truly fantastic pink produce is now in season, bringing a bright note to the grey winter days: pastel-coloured pink radicchio, vibrant forced rhubarb, blushed garlic from Lautrec… The newest entry is perhaps the most interesting: ever heard of pink oranges?

Image of Natoora pink oranges at Ocado

We source them from a citrus grower, Carmelo, with whom we have a long-established relationship. His farm is based in Scordia, near the Sicilian town of Catania – widely known as one of the best citrus growing regions in the world. There the microclimate provided by the volcano of Mount Etna, with warm days and cool nights throughout the whole winter, gives way to some excellent citrus.

Carmelo’s are simply the best we have ever tasted. His family has been growing outstanding citrus fruits for generations, and we started to work with him for the consistent quality he produces, as well as for a common interest in innovation. Pink oranges are his latest, fantastic discovery – one that we fell in love with at first bite.

A cross between a navel orange and a grapefruit, pink oranges combine a lightly acidic kick with a delicious, sweet juiciness and an easy-to-peel unwaxed skin. They are delightful simply juiced, but they also make for a fantastic alternative to more common oranges in most recipes.

Try them in a colourful seasonal salad with thinly sliced fennel and olives…

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Or in a medley of oranges for a new take on the classic marmalade.

Natoora marmalade recipe at Ocado

Of course, they work great in most citrus-based desserts, like a moist and decadent Flourless Orange Almond Cake

Natoora Flourless Orange Almond Cake recipe at Ocado

…or a dense, crumbly Polenta Upside Down Orange Cake.

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Enjoy!

Katherine from Natoora