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?