No more so than this year, which promises to be full of new experiences and hopefully plenty of good things.
|The market bursting with green veg|
'The land of lovely fruit and veg, markets and salads'
|Salade Italienne in a local cafe|
|My vegetable shopping|
Just wash them thoroughly, chop and steam. I like to add spring onion tops or leeks to this and pop a teabag (Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong) into the steaming water for a sweet and aromatic accompaniment.
|Tea steamed greens|
|Roasted roots and radishes|
Any leftover radishes, onions or greens went into a Miso Noodle Soup the next day: cook a nest of egg noodles per person, drain and reserve the cooking water.
Add a heaped tablespoon of miso paste and another of soy sauce to the water and place to heat.
Stir fry the veg you want to use- radishes, peppers, carrot, spring onions, green tops or even lettuce, add leftover chicken if you have it and then assemble your dish.
In the bottom of each soup bowl, put noodles, chicken and veg and then spoon over the hot broth. Serve with extra soy sauce on the side.
|Miso Noodle Soup|
Fry an onion with some garlic and then add the lettuce to the frying pan and cook until wilted.
Cooked lettuce is quite cheffy these days. I saw them serving it on Professional Masterchef. Cos or Little Gem seem to be the thing, blowtorched to give them a caramelized look and then added to other veg. Just mix it into peas or leeks for a fresh tasting dish- and no leafy greens wasted!
|Quiche aux Blettes|
I have finished up the week with some old favourites: Endives with Ham and Cheese Sauce ( I promised my husband that I would make this as soon as we were back in France) and Quiche aux Blettes (Swiss Chard tart). Click on the link below the pictures for the recipes.
|Endives with Ham and Cheese Sauce|
I hope this has inspired you to eat up your greens, and certainly not to throw them away. If any of you resolved to try to lose weight in 2016, then I hope these recipes help with that too.
Perhaps not the ones smothered in cheese sauce though.