I have made up for a childhood of hating most vegetables in adulthood and love them in abundance. In summer I want salads at most meals, and in winter I love cooked vegetables.
My favourite way of eating vegetables in winter is simply oven roasted mixed vegetables. Olive oil, garlic (or not), herbs, salt (or smoked salt) and then to roast them until the outer flesh is slightly caramelised and the inner flesh is nice and soft.
I also like to think of ways to wake up and add flavour to simple vegetables.
As this has become such a popular post, I have decided to keep it updated with more recent recipes for side vegetables.
black mushrooms marinaded in garlic, chilli, olive oil and pesto
Cooked on a barbecue or in the oven, these marinaded mushrooms are a brilliant accompaniment to so many things.
roasted cauliflower salad with anchovies, olives and capers
This fabulous salad can be served warm or cold and is packed with flavour.
Asparagus with parmesan and black sea salt
Asparagus simply steamed and served with Parmesan and sea salt, makes a wonderful vegetable dish on the side.
This light and fluffy cauliflower ‘cous-cous’ is a perfect addition to a low GI eating regime and will fool you into thinking youare eating a carbohydrate.
carrots glazed with maple syrup and orange
Peel baby carrots or young carrots and slice to the desired thickness. Blanch in a pot of salted boiling water for about 5 minutes and then drain in a colander. Heat a knob of butter in a non stick frying pan and add the carrots and toss around until the skin just starts to blister and caramelise. At this point drizzle over a few tablespoons of maple syrup, juice of half an orange (or less if its a small quantity of carrots) and zest of half an orange. Allow the liquid to cook off and then serve.
The maple syrup and the orange zest add a fabulous flavour dimension to the crunchy sweet carrots.
mushrooms stuffed with garlic butter, goats cheese and chives
Pre heat the oven to 200 C. Place your black mushrooms, smooth side down on an oven tray. Place a tablespoon of garlic butter (I used a garlic and parsley butter) into each mushroom and about a tablespoon of goats cheese and spread this over. bake in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes until the mushrooms are baked and the cheese has started to go a golden brown.
Scatter over chopped chives and serve as a fabulous side dish or on its own with a salad and some nice bread.
broccoli tossed in balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with parmesan
This is a an easy and quick way to add a bit of punch to steamed broccoli. Steam the broccoli and when it is done (al dente) toss it in a bowl with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle over grated parmesan. Season well with sea salt and ground black pepper. You could also add dried chilli flakes if you felt like a bit of heat.
oven roasted cauliflower with curry, cumin and dukkha
Recipe for this can be found here.
new potato and fennel bake with parmesan
The recipe for this bake can be found here.
oven baked sweet potato chips with harissa
Recipe for this here.
new potatoes baked in newspaper with smoked butter and thyme
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