vegetarian, healthy meals, frugal, leeks

If there’s one thing that my blog has taught me over the course of the past few weeks, it’s that almost every ingredient can be enjoyed by all, if only it’s prepared in an attractive manner. For instance, my recipes for roasted sweet potato and parsnip soup and root vegetable mash have already proved that parsnip can be enjoyable. Likewise, this soup recipe has largely transformed my once obnoxious attitude toward the cauliflower.

The main suspect in the case against the cauliflower is the somewhat ubiquitous cauliflower cheese. You see, this loathsome dish tends to be one of two things; insipid or watery. However, it could be considered somewhat brutish to judge what was once my least favourite brassica, by a largely awful dish. Instead, why not follow my lead and enjoy the poor vegetable in this exquisite soup?

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Asparagus is probably the most popular spring-time vegetable. However, as one might imagine, there are other vegetables coming into season at this time of the year. After all, we don’t live exclusively on asparagus in the way that the Irish in the nineteenth-century lived, almost comically so, on a diet composed almost entirely of potatoes. The subject of this post, purple sprouting broccoli, is one of the most interesting of the current seasonal treats. This rather attractive vegetable, or brassica to be more precise, is beautiful both inside and out. In my opinion, purple sprouting broccoli is a far more interesting ingredient than asparagus in both its taste and appearance. This variety of broccoli is also, as it happens, far cheaper than asparagus. Indeed, it works out at a little less than half the price.

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Isn’t BBC GoodFood just marvellous? One can just visit the site and type in any ingredient and it’ll give you a list of every recipe in which it is included. It’s simply ideal for those moments where one’s imagination fails and some guidance really is necessary. If you haven’t visited the site I implore you to do so, especially the Americans who read this blog – I can’t imagine you’ve had an awful lot to do with the BBC. This recipe is actually taken from the BBC GoodFood magazine, which my Grandmother receives once a month – she reads it, cuts out the recipes she likes and then passes the magazine onto me. This is fortunate, as my esteemed elder doesn’t really go for the more adventurous dishes, being somewhat traditionalist.

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