Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Vegetable Palette: Spring Vegetables Round up #9

Welcome to March's Round up of 'The Vegetable Palette: natures colours - natures goodness''. 
The theme for March was Simple Spring Vegetables!   (Scroll to the bottom of the page for the new theme).
The fist entry comes Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe with Pea, Quinoa and Feta Fritters.  Its not spring in Australia, but sweet peas, albeit frozen ones still sing of Springtime with their verdant green marble skin.  This is my kind of down to earth homely food and one that I have bookmarked to make in the near future as I often have the ingredients to hand. 

Monday, 30 March 2015

Purple Sprouting Broccoli for Harvest Monday

Its been a while since I've shared a post with Daphne's Dandelions who hosts Harvest Mondays.  The reason is I've been both busy and lazy.  Busy at work and lazy when I get home, but then its dark.  

The garden has been much neglected, made worse by the weather a few months back and this weekend too.  The strong winds have knocked down the neighbours wooden fence, its fallen on our side.  Its been on its side since the start of the year.  The neighbours have still not fixed it, so it's down to us to prop it back up, but that will be mid- April as the next few weekends are booked with family commitments.  I am embarrassed to say that I haven't even started off any seeds either. In the past I have been so organised and started them off on my window sill and usually by this time of year the potatoes would have gone in the ground too.   Not this time....
But what I do have is some home-grown Purple Sprouting Broccoli harvested from the garden. Its the only brassica that survived the bugs and pests.  

It was truly truly delicious.  More to be harvested later this week.  

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Saffron Coconut Infused Butternut Squash Curry

I've made a load of vegetarian and vegan pies.  Some we have tucked into already, some have been shared and some of the pies are in the freezer for quick evening meals.  But today, I was wanting something else.  

With the weather being all wet, windy and blustery, I wanted a soup, a stew or curry of sorts.  I remembered having half of butternut squash in the fridge leftover from a week day pasta lunch, so that was going to form the main part of the dish.  The end result was a warming and mildly spiced Butternut Squash curry drenched in coconut goodness.
Due to poor lighting, the photograph does not do the burnt  orange warming coloured dish justice, but it tasted wonderful.  This dish was elevated further by the addition of saffron, a luxury spice and one that I used sparingly, a little does go a long way.    
This fairtrade Saffron jar comes courtesy of Steenbergs Organic.  I have used Steenbergs spices when I lived in Glasgow, Scotland, but not since I've been back in Wales.   It is a spice often found in my mothers kitchen, but it was only ever used for special occasions, often in a Saffron Indian Style Rice Pudding, a baked Persian style rice dish or even Saffron Kulfi's.   

What would you do with a jar of saffron?!