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First Spring Veg

First Spring Veg

Apparently, yesterday was the official start of Spring in the Northern hemisphere. Based on the weather in London today, I can believe it. The sun was shining brightly and the streets of my village were crowded with shoppers on their way from the farmer’s market, enjoying food, drink and company. Unfortunately yours truly was working, and instead of going to the market was was serving the aforementioned food and drink in the company of my colleagues.

Luckily, my boyfriend headed to the market in my stead and came home with the veg assortment you see here. Since we’ve got some produce left over from the past week, I told him to go easy today: a few brassica, some onions and bread is all we need.

Isn’t that cabbage just the most beautiful one you’ve ever seen? I think I’ve figured out why I love the look of cabbages so much- they remind me of the peonies that grow in my Mum’s garden. Obviously they’re not quite as pretty, but I think this one comes pretty close. I don’t want to mess with it too much- some simple braising or a salad is all I’ll attempt.

The broccoli is a big one, so it’ll go for two meals at least. I’m partial to my own Broccoli Pesto Purée, so that will be at least one of them. I’ve also been hearing good things about Alice Waters’ Long-Cooked Broccoli.

Brussels sprouts and leeks are the week’s wildcards- who knows what I’ll do with these? As always, I’m open to ideas!

What does spring look like in your kitchen?


  1. Jennifer says:

    What lovely produce! The cabbage is gorgeous..reminds me of the flowering cabbage that residents would edge their gardens with in the Southern U.S.

    Ina Garten has a wonderful recipe for roasted brussels sprouts. I never was a fan of them until I tried them her way.

  2. Amber says:

    What a gorgeous photo. I am so glad it’s spring. I planted some herbs, strawberries, violas and onions in containers this weekend!