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Rainy Day Veg

rainy day veg

Look, let me explain. I’m off on holiday on Thursday, so I didn’t want to get too much at the market this week. Before I go away I like to clean out the fridge and the cupboards, so this week’s meals will be using a lot of pantry standbys.

This cupboard cleanout actually started last night, when I made the The Amateur Gourmet‘s Cavatappi with Cannellini Beans and Sundried Tomatoes for dinner. One of my favourite fast pastas, it’s made entirely out of ingredients that I always have around, and is super-fast to put together.

The green onions will go into one of my many versions of macaroni and cheese. I’ve made so many incarnations of this dish I can’t keep track of them all, but a favourite uses lots of fresh green onions and strong cheddar. I’m thinking this time I might add some coriander and red chili, to make a spicy, faintly Eastern take on the idea. 

The asparagus I’ll use for a farro salad, perhaps a take on this recipe from The Kitchn. I love anything with lemon or goat’s cheese, and both in one recipe is sure to be a winner. 

The radishes I picked up simply because they looked so pretty. I mean, have you ever seen anything so cute and colourful? Also, they were free- at £0.60, the farmer pretty much stuffed them in my bag when all I had was a £10 bill. It felt pretty horrible to be honest, like I was stealing. Stealing from a farmer has got to be up there with stealing from a baby on the evil scale, right? Anyway, I’ve never cooked with radishes before (I’m not sure I even like them), so what I’ll do with them remains a mystery. It’ll have to be worth the guilt, though. 

Stay tuned.


  1. Hilary says:

    I saw those radishes at the stand with the kind of rough-and-ready farmers – the man and the woman? That’s sweet of them!

    I also bought the asparagus. I’m about to roast them alongside a chicken (free range British. Ed was clearly thinking of the earth).

  2. MH says:

    Fraggle Rock Radishes!

    Oh and holiday on Thursday= seeing meeee!! :D

  3. Margaux says:

    Oh! I’ve been meaning to try that dish from AG for ages!

    I’ve never cooked with radishes, either. Looking forward to hearing about the experiment!

  4. Ele says:

    Hil, it wasn’t those farmers. I usually buy everything from them, but I didn’t think they had radishes this week? It was the place that sells all the apples in the fall.

    MH, what on earth do radishes have to to with Fraggle Rock? Is this something I’m missing because of my non-cable upbringing?

    Marg, you must try it. Save it for some night when you’re too exhausted for any in-depth cooking. It’s delicious.

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