While some people despise memes ("oh no, I have been tagged again") I think they can be fun. Besides, if you don't want to participate, you just don't. It's as easy as that. No harm done. So here's my meme, six questions about vegetables.
1. Is there a vegetable you hated as a child but came to love as you got older?
There were several vegetables I didn't have much affinity for as a child but fennel is the one I fervently disliked for a very long time, probably due to the the pronounced aniseed taste. I clearly remember the first time I ate fennel with great pleasure: it was after my maths A-levels - I came home feeling so ravenous that I happily ate leftovers from my parents' dinner party the night before which was a veal stew which I had never liked either (I only ever wanted the leanest of meats) and fennel. Now I may not be a crack in maths but at least I learned to love fennel.
2. Most underrated vegetable?
Many varieties of cabbage which used to be widely cultivated and then forgotten about. Now thankfully available again at the bi-weekly market in our town.
3. Name one favourite summer vegetable dish
My orzo salad with slow-braised onion, zucchini, aubergine and peppers and plenty of herbs. The recipe will certainly be posted next summer.
4. And one for winter?
All kinds of soup - the spiced roasted vegetable soup is a firm favourite.
5. What vegetables are in your fridge and freezer right now?
Leeks, carrots, chilies, celery, beets, peas, mange-tout and spinach (the latter three frozen).
6. Is there a vegetable you really like but don't make much yourself?
Cardoons, pictured at the head of this post. I'd love to eat them more but they are rarely available and literally painful to peel!
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