Perhaps this title is a bit redundant. After all, vegetables are hardly ever sinful, even at worst of times. But I’m in the mood for some health-inducing leafy greens today, so it seemed appropriate. Yesterday was my 26th birthday, and an evening at Jamie Oliver‘s Fifteen restaurant, enjoying the five-course tasting menu, left me feeling like I never wanted to eat again.
But of course I’ll eat again, and that’s where this week’s market haul comes in. After searching in vain last week, I was happy to find a lovely bunch of chard at the market today. As originally planned, I’ll be cooking up Dana‘s medley of chickpeas, chard and pasta.
This is the first time this season I’ve bought kale, and I’m hoping to use it in some kind of Tuscan-inspired soup. Flavoured with rosemary and teeming with cannellini beans, pasta and tender greens, it’s perfect fall food. I’ll soak up the broth with that lovely Cottage Tin loaf, bought from Flour Power City Bakery to fill my brand-new Wesco breadbox.
That broccoli will be dinner tonight: I love risotto, and the idea of one that uses my favourite vegetable has been on my mind for a while now. I’ll throw in an onion, some cheese and maybe a squirt or two of lemon juice; if it’s successful, the recipe will appear here this week.
I actually squealed when I saw those brussels sprouts. I love those little green guys, and am already making mental lists of what I can do with them. One possibility is a rich baked dish with cheese and cream from my new Nigel Slater book, Tender (another birthday present). Hardly “virtuous” though, so I might end up with a salad instead.
What are you making this week?