Well, do you like my sodden collection of vegetables? Today was one of those horrible London days, a day when the rain doesn’t so much fall down as pound the pavement, people and anything else in its way with a violent insistence that nothing it meets shall remain dry. But still, I headed off to the farmer’s market, clad in boots, jacket and a pathetically useless umbrella. What to buy on a day like this? Root vegetables, apparently.
When the weather outside is cold and wet, I’m in the mood to cosy up with some winter veg, roasted with garlic, bay leaves and balsamic vinegar. Alternatively, I could use these in a curry of some sort; I have my eyes on Nigel Slater’s Root Vegetable Korma.
But there’s another reason for all those carrots, parsnips and beets. I’m just about to run over to my sister’s to borrow her copy of Red Velvet and & Chocolate Heartache, which I’ll be reviewing on Kitchlit this week. It’s all about baking cakes with vegetables instead of butter; a bizarre concept, but one that’s fast gaining in popularity. Hil‘s initial thoughts on the book have been good, so I’m excited to give it a try. I’m not yet sure what I’ll be making, but I know that sweet root veg and squash are a staple in the cakes, so I made sure to stock up.
I did buy some greens this week, including this lovely bunch of Russian kale. I’ve never used this variety before, so I’m not sure how best to tackle it- any ideas? One dish I like the look of is Kale and Red Onion Breakfast Squares (a frittata of sorts) from Kalyn’s Kitchen.
So, what’s cooking in your kitchen this week?