January 20, 2012

0 Farm Delivery Friday Jan 20! and The Wellington Inn

Top row: calabrese broccoli, smoked haddock chowder, chicken and vegetable soup, milk
In box: parsnips, beetroot, carrots, onions
Middle area: purple sprouting broccoli, kale, fresh mozzarella, potatoes, hazelnuts
Front row: courgettes, parmesan, pears, grapefruit, lemons, butternut squash, dried garlic
 I feel like every Friday is a foodie Christmas at my house.  This week I am hosting my book club and, since I'm not really a cook and other people don't consider a well-rounded dinner to consist of cake, cookies, and ice cream, I'm making a pretty delicious chicken and pasta dish I found on Pinterest and modified.  This dish requires broccoli, so I'm going to stir things up a bit and use the two varieties I enjoy- hence the large orders of both.  

A pretty fantastic perk of Riverford is that each week's delivery comes with a newsletter and a few seasonal recipes.  These recipes are sized and punched to fit in the recipe binders and Riverford even gives an annual index.  Riverford doesn't stop there; they've gone on to produce two cookbooks that provide far more than recipes.  Each book sorts through vegetables, roots, fruit, and other delivery-goodies and provides a brief synopsis on growing, harvesting, and storing the ingredient before offering recipes using the ingredient in the section.  The cookbooks have proven to be invaluable, and not just because I'm not a natural cook- but also because so much of this produce is (quite literally!) foreign to me!

 I've mentioned our favorite pub, The Welly, in the nearby village of Darley.  We've been extra-frequenters this month, though, because January is 50% off main courses with vouchers they gave out in December.  We ate there twice last week and twice this week and have 3 more coupons to go- YUM!
The Welly has seating and food service in both the bar and the restaurant; we don't really have a preference between the two, although on a cold night the fireplace in the bar is a welcome sight.  Tonight when we arrive the entire place was packed, and the only table that was available was a small side table right near the entrance.  We took it, and I took the opportunity to take a couple of pictures.

The menu board.  There is a set menu, seen in a basket above the table, but we usually find ourselves ordering from the board.  Dessert boards are lower, but not less important!

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