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Mmm, colourful

colourful veg

I was feeling uninspired to go the the market today, mainly due to the fact that leaving my house requires the putting on of clothing, and I’d much rather hang out in my pj’s all day. Once I dragged myself there, though, I was won over by all the wonderful colours around me. I suppose I was in an aesthetically-focused mood when I chose this colourful selection this morning. 

As well as vibrant colour, today’s market purchases seem to be dominated by size: the longest green onions I’ve ever seen, the teeniest little eggs, and two tiny, perfect purple cauliflowers. Besides being a sucker for anything tiny and cute, food this size is practical. Cooking for only two people often means leftovers abound, but with portion-sized veg like this it’s not a problem. (Of course this doesn’t apply to the onions, but look at them! Crazy-they didn’t even fit in my fridge.)

I’m also a sucker for Romanesco cauliflower. The bright green colour and fascinating fractals always draw me in. In fact, it’s a shame to cook with this, as I always hate to break up the hypnotizing spirals. I do love it with orecchiette pasta, though- sauteed with shallots and chilis, the pairing makes a great quick lunch.

The tomatoes, mixed greens and cucumber I bought an organic stall that’s quickly becoming my new favourite. I’ve been enjoying salads for lunch lately, so the leaves and cucumber will be put to good use. Some of the tomatoes will probably be used in my new favourite way to eat cheese: foil-baked feta. I might play around with this dish and post a recipe later in the week, but until then, the Kitchn‘s version is wonderful. 

And those beautiful purple cauliflowers? Who knows- I can’t help but think they’d make a gorgeous soup, though. 

in hand

(You can’t tell how utterly adorable these eggs and tomatoes were in this photo, but trust me: these things were teeny, and oh-so-cute.)


  1. allison says:

    what a gorgeous gathering of colors! it was worth changing out of your pjs :)

  2. Hilary says:

    This is the prettiest Sunday haul yet!

  3. Ele says:

    Allison, Hilary- thanks! I agree, this is the prettiest veg post yet. Definitely worth changing for ;)

  4. Dana says:

    How can anyone think vegetables are boring after those photos?! Gorgeous! I am contemplating joining a CSA to get a surprise box each week. I hope it looks something like what you have got up there.

  5. Ele says:

    Dana, I would love a CSA box. That’s something that I definitely have earmarked for the future, though for now I love going to the market. Very practical for people who don’t live near one/can’t make it every week.