I often overlook the vegetable side of a meal because I only focus on the meat or main part of the meal – it’s something I’m trying to improve on. Recently it occurred that although I’m getting a reasonable amount of veg, sticking a few spuds and some broccoli to go with dinner can get a bit banal, so when I saw Sophie Grigson’s Vegetables, I thought it would be a good chance to get some new ideas.
So far it’s been great trying some new things – I’d really recommend Grigson’s book. It book has recipe ideas listed by vegetable, so if you’re trying to eat in-season then its really helpful. Or, if you’ve never liked or tried a certain vegetable and want to try it out a different way, you can experiment.
I’ve tried a Caponata (like this) and a Pepperonata (which is a sauce made with bell peppers) which you can have as anti-pasti. As broad beans are coming into season I think I’m going to experiment a little with those.