Well, as you can see, I did much better this week. At the market by 11:30, and there were tonnes of goodies to be found. Coming home after, I could barely contain my excitement over the cooking I’ll be getting up to this week.
The green cabbage is a favourite vegetable of mine, and I’ll be using this one for a rustic dish of cabbage, grains and egg. Invented one evening from a combination of boredom and leftovers, it makes a fast and delicious dinner, not to mention killer leftovers. Sometimes we just work against ourselves, don’t we?
The mini broccoli I don’t have much planned for, but I’m certainly not at a loss for options. The Kitchn has some great broccoli recipes- I’m partial to this pasta sauce, but I might try a stir-fry this time.
The broad beans I missed out on last week? Got ‘em today. I know exactly what I’m going to do with them, too. I’ve been waiting for months to try Jamie Oliver‘s recipe for Smashed Peas and Broad Beans on Toast, ever since I first saw it in his Jamie at Home book. I’ve also got some peas, mint and lemon in the fridge, so it seems like the perfect time to finally give it a go.
I decided to buy some radishes, too. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I never got a chance to eat the first ones I bought, just before I went to New York. Packing and last-minute errands got in the way, and in the end they had to be thrown out. I hate waste, so I’m determined to appease my guilt by making something fabulous with these ones. Any ideas?
And you see those, between the radishes and the eggs? Strawberries! I was thrilled to see these jewels at the market for the first time. So happy, in fact, that while waiting to pay for my chosen punnet, I couldn’t resist sticking my nose into it and surreptitiously inhaling the sweet fragrance of summer. Luckily, the woman next to me (also waiting to pay for strawberries) didn’t appear to think this was anything out of the ordinary, responding only with a small smile. I guess I’m not the only one to be so affected by produce.
As for what those ruby-like berries will end up becoming, it’s anybody’s guess. I might keep it simple and opt for a classic Strawberry Shortcake, or perhaps have fun with this riff on a Pimm’s cocktail.
So that’s my plan for this week. What’s everyone else cooking?