Our first Abel and Cole meal!

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little miss green eats zero waste lettuceYou might remember we received an Abel and Cole box last week. It arrived just as I was preparing lunch, so we tucked in straight away. There is nothing like fresh produce to tantalise the taste buds.

I did a simple starter. I never do starters, but with a fresh lettuce begging to be eaten I had to have a go. It couldn’t have been more basic – it was just lettuce leaves, chopped tomato and some slivers of rather special cheese – Hobsons Old Henry Ale and Wholegrain Mustard to be precise.simple lettuce and tomato starter

Little Miss Green couldn’t keep her paws off the lettuce and I found her stuffing it into her mouth before I had even called ‘lunchtime’.

Mr Green hates lettuce, but even he ate it and muttered ‘This has a really nice taste, for lettuce‘ and soon it was all gone and he was smacking his lips.

For the main course, I had already cooked some turkey, so I diced and roast carrots, potatoes, onions and parsnips and served that with buttered white cabbage. For a family that doesn’t like parsnips, we ended up with mighty clean plates. Little Miss Green barely came up for air throughout the entire meal and Mr Green (who, until this moment didn’t like carrots OR parsnips) could be heard oohing and aahing from start to finish.

I think it’s safe to say that our first meal was a resounding success.


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Madeleine says:

    Sounds delicious! We started getting Abel and Cole boxes about 3 weeks ago and since then I’ve eaten more fruit and vegetables, made lots of soups, it’s great. We have an allotment but because we can exclude things it’s ideal (we already have leeks, parnsips etc).

  2. Sarah says:

    Ah, nothing quite like good quality, really fresh veg.

  3. Mrs Jackson says:

    Glad you enjoyed your meal – am sure it was your excellent cooking skills that did it too MrsG

  4. Layla says:

    YAY for resounding success!! πŸ™‚

    Looks lovely!! (and yummy!!)
    we’re almost outta lettuce (only have some red not-lettuce left!) so a bit jealous! πŸ™‚

    /There have been talks of similar box-schemes in Slovenia too, so hopefully by this time next year…? :)/

  5. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Madeline; it sounds like are well sorted for fresh produce now with an allotment and Abel and Cole box. I’m glad you are enjoying the box and managing to make some great things. All I have remaining is some of the lettuce, which is probably past its best now and a couple of carrots, which are still perfect. So the Β£15.95 box was about right for us, although low on potatoes. That’s pretty good!

    Sarah – you are right. Put me in a credit crunch and we still eat good food πŸ˜‰

    πŸ™‚ thank you Mrs J. I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and like a challenge. Add to that my rebellious ‘I’m not following your recipe to the letter’ and I guess it leads to success most of the time!

    Thank you Jen! LMG can be quite photogenic when she doesn’t know I’m taking pics.

    Hi Layla, it would be great if you could get hold of a box scheme yourself. I sent you an email yesterday; could you check your spam folder?

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