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Apologetic Veg

Peace veg

I admit it: I’ve been a lazy, lazy blogger these past few days. I offer you, my lovely readers, the above vegetables as a peace offering. Forgive me?

I returned from my North American adventure on Tuesday morning, with the best of intentions to jump straight back into the blogging game. Working against me, however, was a bad cold (am I the only one who routinely gets ill on long-haul flights?), jet lag, a refridgerator devoid of nutritients and a decided lack of culinary inspiration.

You’d think that after ten days of family dinners, restaurant meals, and plane and train foods simply appearing before me I’d be itching to get back into the kitchen myself. And in a way I was; it was the pausing, photographing, writing and editing part that outdid me. It’s not as if I haven’t eaten since my return to the UK, and I’ve saved up a few recipes I’d like to share, including a curry from my new Nigel Slater book and a squash-topped pizza with a rather interesting dough recipe. These will be appearing here over the next few days, along with whatever I can rustle up from the veggies above.

I bought those Brussels sprouts specifically for this gnocchi and sprouts dish from the wonderful blog Seven Spoons. I’m not sure I’ll be attempting the gnocchi (we have a love-hate relationship), but the idea of crispy sprouts with walnuts and parmesan sounds heavenly.

If you can believe it, that’s my first-ever pumpkin. Of course I’ve bought them to carve before, but until recently never thought of them as something that you’d actually want to eat. Having had my first taste of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, though (yes, my first; mock me if you must), I’ve changed my tune. This little guy could become some autumnal scones, but there’s also a Nigella recipe for pumpkin and goat’s cheese lasagne that I’ve had my eye on for a while.

The savoy cabbage and broccoli have no definite plans yet, though I’ve been dreaming of a creamy broccoli and cheddar soup for a while now. Whenever I can’t think up a way to use cabbage, it ends up in this recipe from Orangette. I’ve mentioned it before here, but have to reiterate how delicious and simple it is. Andrew likes it too, which is always a bonus.

Enough about me- how have you been? Got any grand cooking plans for the week ahead?

12 comments

  1. Dawn says:

    Wow, beautiful veg this week. I can’t wait to see what you make with that pumpkin, the only time I have actually tasted pumpkin is in a pumpkin and squash lasagne.

    It has been very little cooking going on here but I did make Nigella’s gooey chocolate stacks last night: http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_detail.aspx?rid=242 They are absolutely fantastic!

  2. Hilary says:

    I also bought a savoy cabbage from the “duck” farmers this morning. I’m making cabbage griddle cakes to go alongside a roast chicken tonight.

    Wasn’t everything at the market just so beautiful today?!

  3. Hilary says:

    Hmmm, and I also bought two carrots. And one of the 75p pumpkins. Clearly taste is genetic.

  4. rose says:

    Hope you are feeling better!? Sometimes the blogging process is slow or non-existent! Nothing wrong with that! I’m either on a roll or completely lagging in my posts.

    Vegetables look delish! I used to have a love hate relationship with gnocchi too, keep at it! you’ll get there :)

  5. Ele says:

    Dawn- I’m really looking forward to cooking the pumpkin! It will be an adventure. Hmm, that’s sad, isn’t it? ;) I’ve always thought of making that chocolate stack cake, but it seems so rich!

    Hil- Cabbage griddle cakes sound nice, where’s the recipe from? Yes, the market was gorgeous today- so sunny and bright and bustling.

    Rose- I’m feeling much better, thanks. The gnocchi thing is weird. Sometimes they’ll turn out great, all light and tender, and the next time, completely inexplicably, they’ll be inedible! I also keep trying different recipes, which might be the problem. Do you have a fail-safe one to recommend?

  6. Twistie says:

    You know, I’ve eyed that Nigella recipe before. The only thing stopping me making it is that Mr. Twistie refuses to consider that pumpkin can go in anything but pie, and a whole lasagna is way too much for me on my own. Sigh.

    Tonight’s dinner will be a nice pot roast. Simple, but tasty and satisfying.

    My most recent kitchen triumph was a fabulous recipe out of Deborah Madison’s The Savory Way for a lovely dish of brown rice with fennel and leeks and fontina cheese. Beyond delectable. Oh, and the homemade pesto topped with roasted cherry tomatoes was also quite successful. Best of all, every recipe was ridiculously simple to make.

  7. Dana says:

    We’ve missed you here! Thank you for leaving the all-time most lovely comment on my blog. I will cook for you and Hilary any time!

    I am taking it slow this week after a cooking marathon last week. Trying out a couple of things but otherwise making easy old favorites. My husband forgot to pick up our CSA box so I don’t have any super-inspiring vegetables and actually, that’s ok with my this week. :)

  8. Ele says:

    Twistie- The lasagne recipe is huge, so I get where you’re coming from! I’m going to make mine considerably smaller if I do make it. I haven’t looked at The Savory Way before, but I’ll check it out.

    Dana- Yay! You might regret that one day when two random hungry girls show up at your house ;)

    I know what you mean about making old favourites- sometimes I spend so much time trying “new” things for the blog that I forget about all the boring-yet-delicious things I’ve been making for years. It’s nice to return to those now and then.

  9. maya says:

    hi Ele,
    i made a really good salad with some leftover roasted pumpkin i had. mixed it with some toasted pumpkin seeds along with some good olive oil, honey, lemon juice and chopped tarragon. i also had some fresh, juicy dates which i pitted, coursly chopped and threw that in as well. a sprinkle of sea-salt and you’re game. very filling and very dellcious.

  10. Ele says:

    Maya- That sounds so good! Too bad earlier today I cubed, steamed and mashed that entire pumpkin for baked goods. There’s always next week, though ;)

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