Thursday, February 21, 2013

Massive Box of Organic Vegetables
home delivered

This is a quick impromptu post with no recipe (sorry!) but I just had to show you this.

LOOK WHAT I GOT TODAY! My first, organic, home-delivered veggie box!

I love getting packages in the mail but getting a gigantic box of groceries delivered straight to my door is simply child-like exciting. Especially when I don't know what's in it. I love surprises, and this one did not disappoint with a box-load of fresh, crisp vegetables, some of which I've never even tried before!

I'd never really thought about getting groceries home delivered but after being inspired by a post about organic veggie box deliveries on Liz's blog, I Spy Plum Pie, I decided to throw caution to the wind and see what might blow back my way. It was the not knowing what you might get that really got me interested in this.

I always tend to get the same staple vegetables every time I go to the fruit and veg shop, only venturing outside of my comfort zone when something like a white zucchini appears before me. There are many vegetables that I've never cooked with, never even eaten, like purple carrots and bok choy, and I know that if I'm given the choice to either cook with these scary vegetables or throw them away, I'm definitely not going to throw them away.

So take a look at my surprise package! Yes, there's purple carrots and bok choy! Corn on the cob and silverbeet! There's so much stuff here and I already have so many ideas! Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Leaves, Purple Carrot Tzatziki, Horta (Steamed Greens with Lemon and Olive Oil), Eggplant and Walnut Dip, Pumpkin and Feta Fritters, oh my goodness, so many vegetables, so much to cook and so little time!

It's just Tony and I (and our cat Simba) here in our household so we need to put a plan into place to make sure none of these beautiful veggies go to waste... hmmm, I'm also thinking freezer-friendly vegetable stew.

Tony and I have also been putting our heads together to come up with ideas and a menu plan for Tony's meat-free week challenge and my no-carb challenge. Remember, we need to prepare vegetarian, no-carb, Greek meals which is going to be no easy task, but certainly a challenge that we're up for! We've found a great recipe in one of Tony's diabetic cook books for a no-carb moussaka that utilises ricotta cheese for the topping instead of bechamel sauce. I think this one will definitely have to be our first meal for Meat Free Week which begins in 25 more days.

You can read more about Meat Free Week here. And don't forget you can sponsor Tony for the Meat Free Week challenge by clicking here and funds raised will go to animal protection organisation, Voiceless.

I'll be back tomorrow with the first creation from my veggie box ingredients!

The veggie box I had delivered came from Victoria Organic Delivery. They deliver organic fruit, vegetables and other groceries to most Melbourne suburbs.


  1. I love surprises too!! Dont we all? I have never heard of purple carrots! Do they taste different to regular carrots? Great photos as usual especially the one with light from the window. I'm looking forward to seeing what you cook up in the next few days!! Jackie.

    1. Hi Jackie, I'm not sure what a purple carrot tastes like either but today it will be "put to the taste"! Yes, the backlight through my kitchen window is lovely for photos. Thanks for the comment Jackie, good to see you here again!

  2. I'm so glad you love it! It's always such a great surprise to see what it's in the box this time! Can't wait to see what you make!

    1. Thanks again for the tip Liz! I'll see how long it takes us to get through this box before I decide if a regular delivery will work for us. It's such a great idea though. I hope the company is doing well with orders..

  3. Awesome. AM going to my first Organic bazaar next week... I hope to find veggies like this there... and be blown away! :)
    As for Meat-free recipes... do they have to be Greek? Coz if you relax on that a bit, there are tonnes of Indian recipes you can use... tonnes of them. Carb free too.

    1. Oh I love Indian food and we cook it at home often, but for our meat-free, carb-free week challenge I thought it would be fun to cook Greek food every day so I can post about our meals on this blog. Yes, it will be difficult to meet the challenge, but we hope it will be exciting too!

      I would love to hear about what veggies you pick up from the organic bazaar next week! I'm sure you'll come home with some interesting finds and lots of inspiring ideas :)

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