Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Honesty boxes, Tofu and Brassica Green Curry, and a Super Juice

One of the things I like best about New Zealand are the little stalls on the side of country roads, unattended and with a few offerings, mostly fruit, vegetables and flowers. Usually they are alongside a driveway, near the letterbox, and sometimes you don't see the house from the road, often you don't see anyone, as a matter of fact! So how do you pay? You leave your money in a honesty box. I have a couple of these near my house, one sells cute flower bouquets from the garden, and sometimes little bags of fruit, another sells orchids. When I don't have enough cutting flowers in my garden I go there, it is unexpensive, honest fun.

Tofu and Brassica Green Curry

1 tbs green curry paste (see recipe here)
1 can coconut milk
1 couliflower, cut into florettes
half carrot, sliced (I sliced it in the shape of flowers)
1 block tofu, cut into pieces
1 large broccoli, cut into florettes
1-2 chili peppers
Thai or regular fresh basil leaves
Thai or Vietnamese fresh mint leaves

Place the paste in a pot with the coconut milk, the cauliflower, carrot, and the tofu. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli, cover and simmer for 5 minutes (I like my broccoli to be still green and a little crunchy). Add the chili peppers and the fresh herbs, cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Add salt to taste and serve with Thai rice.
Serves 4

Super Juice

To make 1 litre of juice I used:
10 carrots
1 red beetroot
6 green apples
1 piece of ginger

Put everything through the juicing machine, filter and serve immediately.
Serves 4

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Thats a nice concept.. a honesty box..? nice

    Love the color.. just in time for summer..

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  2. OMG - honesty boxes...only in NZ would that work. In SA, never mind only the contents, the whole box would get stolen in next to no time!

    Fabulous curry...coconut milk in curry is just the best!

  3. Il colore di quel centrifugato è bellissimo. Un mix frutta-verdura con pizzico che mi piace molto. Un pieno di salute con gusto. Sul tofu per il momento passo, il primo approccio non è stato molto entusiasmante! Un bacio, buona giornata

  4. Federica, anche il mio primo approccio con il tofu, moooolti anni fa, no e' stato entusiasmante, e adesso ed uno dei miei ingredienti preferiti :-).

  5. che meraviglia di immagini! il succo di frutta è delizioso, lo proverò! bacioni! :)

  6. That box won't last a second over here! I have seen this before in one of the shows "River Cottage Autumn" and I thought that was a really charming and wonderful way of showing one's honesty and sincerity!
    Your tofu and veggie curry looks delicious! And the drink is like an energy booster, looks super cool and refreshing!

  7. It is indeed a super juice... super lovely color and super deliciously healthy!

  8. That's one power packed curry and a super healthy juice..brilliant colour.

  9. curry looks dleicious, the power packed juice is awesome with nice color.

  10. Che bella storia ! I love il succo succhissimo !

  11. Delicious and very colorful curry :)..yum yum..its a Super juice...loved the combo..healthy !!

  12. ALessandra, purtroppo queste si possono fare solo con lo strutto, i ciccioli, lo strutto dove sono stati cotti i fegatelli, il rigatino, e tutte le spezie, che spero di aver azzeccato e tanto pepe, molto...non sono leggere, l'unica cosa è che si fanno una sola volta durante l'anno ed io le ho volute rifare per una soddisfazione personale, magari non le farò più, però il loro sapore è unico...un abbraccio

  13. We have honesty boxes here, too, Alessandra, mostly in summer, along country roads, when backyard gardeners have too much produce to use. But I have never seen one for orchids! Nice. And I love your recipe for Tofu and Brassica Green Curry.

  14. Those carrots are so pretty. I would have no idea where to even start making carrot flowers.

  15. Angela, I used a Japanese flower cutter, it looks like a cookie cutter but smaller.

  16. Your recipes look always great! Especially I'd love to try the juice.

  17. The juice is good for kids, my started to have home made carrot juice in the bottle when they were babies!

  18. I love the picture of all those nice veggies! Great! I really like the idea of the honesty box. That would never work here! haha

  19. Sorry guys, I lost all of your comments from Wedn. onwards with the blogger break-down. And in the other blogs too.
    Apologies if I cannot respond, or if I have posted on your blogs and you lost mine.

    What an experience being without blogger!!

    Strange ehh?


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