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The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Ratatouille » April 1st, 2019, 12:53 pm

My chef friend said yesterday that he feels at his most culinarily creative at this time of year and I think I must agree with him.

Of course we are rather ahead of the UK but fear not it will soon be with you. What have you done or planned when those first peas, beans, newpotoes, asparagus and so forth become available? What are your favourites?

Yesterday's amuse bouche was a jellied chicken and spring veg starter. I have half a litre of jellied chicken stock avaiable and I have just finely diced the breast from the poached chicken from whence it came and some fresh peas, broad beans, green beans, a baby fennel and some tiny violet artichokes so i have added a handful of each, briefly blanched along with the carrrots, cut fairly small like I did with the fennel and artichokes. I added a couple of leaves of gelatine to inprove the set and some chooped fresh tarragon and chives and put the lot in a terrine then poured over the stock. It is now setting in the fridge and will be tomorrows supper. I think all that will be needed is some parslied new potatoes.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby suffolk » April 1st, 2019, 1:57 pm

Expect us around 4pm Rats ... sounds like a bottle of good dry Provençal rosé would be ok with that? ;)

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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Suelle » April 1st, 2019, 2:09 pm

I find most joy in my home-grown seasonal fruit. I've already started harvesting my rhubarb, and the plum, gooseberries and blueberries are in blossom.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby StokeySue » April 1st, 2019, 3:57 pm

I’ve been buying bags of local Hackney Salad, the first came into the shop about 2 weeks ago, it keeps going all summer as a variable mixture of salad leaves mainly cut-and-come-again varieties. I suppose Mannu would call it a mesclun

I’m on my third pack, it has been particularly good this season, perhaps because the warm wet winter has caused a number of plants to produce tender leaves all at once
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Seatallan » April 1st, 2019, 5:08 pm

I'm looking forward to the first British sparrow-grass and the first lot of Jersey Royals... :chops:

What I shall do soon is to pick some young nettles and make nettle soup. So lovely, especially with some ransoms chucked in with it.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby scullion » April 1st, 2019, 8:29 pm

every year, when i cut back some of our nettles and after i've put them on the compost i think, damn, i was going to make nettle soup. it happened again today.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby scullion » April 1st, 2019, 8:30 pm

we do have more nettles i could use - and a patch for the butterflies.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby suffolk » April 1st, 2019, 9:40 pm

Steam young nettle tops and chop them into creamy mashed potatoes ... delicious :chops:
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Ratatouille » April 2nd, 2019, 8:34 am

A couple of weeks ago Mr R turned over a bucket which he had left in the garden. Underneath were quite long but completly blanched dandelion leaves. They have been picked and added to salads but are still sprouting under the bucket. I think they need another,less bitter leaf to make a pleasant dish and a wee bit ofsugar in the dressing. I much prefer them to roquet which I find both bitter and tough.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Badger's mate » April 2nd, 2019, 12:01 pm

I get a good crop of borage. Classically there's a Ligurian recipe for stuffed pasta, but I use it in place of spinach or chard in the Ottolenghi herb pie. Wilt the leaves, add herbs - it will be mint, parsley and lovage now - cheddar and feta, eggs to bind. Wrap in several layers of filo and bake. :chops:

Peas and beans in a spring risotto, or mashed with mint and feta in a quesadilla. Asparagus on its own, or with eggs or Parmesan or hollandaise. Prawn and asparagus linguini. I'm picking forced rhubarb. This is stewed and served with porridge for breakfast or with HM panna cotta
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Ratatouille » April 2nd, 2019, 12:30 pm

Have you tried cooking rhubarb in the oven with a squeeze of orange juice and some pomegranate molasses?
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Badger's mate » April 2nd, 2019, 4:11 pm

I usually sprinkle it with sugar, allowing the juice to draw out, then bake or microwave it. Haven't tried orange and pomegranate molasses, will do so though. I only ever flavour it with ginger, but Mrs B isn't a great fan of ginger, so it's generally just cooked unflavoured.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Suelle » April 2nd, 2019, 5:05 pm

Ratatouille wrote:Have you tried cooking rhubarb in the oven with a squeeze of orange juice and some pomegranate molasses?


I always cook rhubarb in the oven these days, unless I want a purée - often flavoured with orange or stem ginger. Pomegranate molasses sounds a good idea.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Catherine » April 2nd, 2019, 8:06 pm

Suelle wrote:
Ratatouille wrote:Have you tried cooking rhubarb in the oven with a squeeze of orange juice and some pomegranate molasses?


I always cook rhubarb in the oven these days, unless I want a purée - often flavoured with orange or stem ginger. Pomegranate molasses sounds a good idea.


It is lovely with rose water too
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby StokeySue » April 2nd, 2019, 9:18 pm

Mum used to make a crumble or pie fillin - rhubarb + orange + dates :chops:

I make it too
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Ratatouille » April 9th, 2019, 8:37 am

I bought a bunch of wee white turnips at the weekend and last night I cooked them my favourite way a la Bordelaise, I peel the turnips but left a couple of ins of stalk. I then cooked then for about 10 minutes in salted water then drained them and cut them into quarters top to bottom. Heated some evoo and continued cooking them then just before serving threw in a couple of tbsp breadcrumbs and an equal amount of finely chopped parsley, When the oil had been absorbed and the crumbs crisp they were ready and yummy.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Seatallan » April 9th, 2019, 9:36 am

Oooh, that does sound lovely Rats! :chops:
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby patpoyntz » April 9th, 2019, 9:40 am

I love those small turnips, and I will definitely try that recipe Rats, sounds delicious.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Ratatouille » April 9th, 2019, 11:56 am

We managed to eat a whole bunch last night and, as a result very little of the meat!
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby suffolk » April 9th, 2019, 4:21 pm

Bought a bunch of plump local asparagus on the market today ... first of the season ... :drool:
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby StokeySue » April 9th, 2019, 4:26 pm

I’ll be looking out for that then Suffolk

Love asparagus but turnips are about the only veg I totally refuse to eat <shudders>
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Rainbow » April 10th, 2019, 2:18 am

StokeySue wrote:Love asparagus but turnips are about the only veg I totally refuse to eat <shudders>

I agree, Sue. Although I think I'd say turnips and swedes!
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Ratatouille » April 10th, 2019, 8:41 am

I seem to remember that Ian thought the same as you two. I wonder if they are like globe artichokes and some folk just can't stand the taste?

s when they are really young and tender. The crunchy breadcrumbs add just the right amount of texture he says.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby StokeySue » April 10th, 2019, 9:20 am

Ratatouille wrote:I seem to remember that Ian thought the same as you two. I wonder if they are like globe artichokes and some folk just can't stand the taste.

I love swede - Ian likes turnips (navels) and hates swede, memories of school I think

I just did a bit of Googling, all the brassica roots have bitter tasting substances in them but I like kohlrabi and radishes, perhaps the most like white turnip, though I eat them raw and I’m not keen on them cooked. There’s just something about that rather bland veg with the distinctive bitter aftertaste that has the “negative Marmite factor” for me and I suspect others

Scientifically my best guess is that is that the bitter compound(s) in turnips may be slightly different to the other brassicas, that cooking may release them or modify them and you probably need the bitter tasting gene to identify it, I probably have the half strength version
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby earthmaiden » April 10th, 2019, 9:47 am

I like both but think turnip is best of all when grated raw. I haven't tried baby turnips but they sound lovely.

Spring vegetables are always a treat. I do think that in the days when certain vegetables were only available in season they shone particularly. Nowadays, unless you grow them or have access to a good market it is sometimes hard to remember what season it is. We made a lovely consomme containing spring vegetables at cookery classes once. It was supposed to be a way of using them if you just had a little of each, perhaps from the garden. Absolutely delicious, very clean and fresh tasting and the vegetables shone through.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Rainbow » April 10th, 2019, 11:21 pm

StokeySue wrote:I just did a bit of Googling, all the brassica roots have bitter tasting substances in them but I like kohlrabi and radishes,

Interesting, Sue. I've never liked radishes either, so I probably have the bitter tasting gene.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Badger's mate » April 11th, 2019, 8:06 am

In the last week we've bought two lots of asparagus :chops:

It was somewhat remiss of me not to mention PSB in a list of Spring veg. Mine is coming to an end now, but the cauliflowers have started.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Ratatouille » April 13th, 2019, 9:27 am

I adore PSB but it won't grow here.

Mr R came back from the market with some tiny violette artichokes - the ones you can eat whole. I shall either cook them a la barigoule or in a casserole with rabbit.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Catherine » April 13th, 2019, 4:20 pm

The other day for lunch I gave the kids a platter of boiled Anya potatoes, steamed PSB, asparagus, cauliflower florets with stems and raw mange tout. I made a very thick cheddar cheese sauce (kind of hummus thickness) and they scooped up the sauce with the veggies. They loved i.
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Ratatouille » April 13th, 2019, 6:21 pm

You are the sort of auntie every child should have :hug:
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » April 13th, 2019, 8:41 pm

That sounds lovely Catherine , did you enjoy it too
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Rainbow » April 13th, 2019, 11:20 pm

Ratatouille wrote:You are the sort of auntie every child should have :hug:

I totally agree :hug:

I had to google PSB - I know the vegetable but didn't know that abbreviation ;)
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby karadekoolaid » April 14th, 2019, 4:43 pm

PSB?
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Catherine » April 14th, 2019, 5:57 pm

Awe thanks Rats and Rainbow, what a lovely thing to say. Actually I think it is me who is lucky to have them. I can't have kids so it has been a blessing to play such a huge part in their upbringing. I adore them
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 16th, 2019, 11:29 am

Seatallan wrote:What I shall do soon is to pick some young nettles and make nettle soup. So lovely, especially with some ransoms chucked in with it.



oooh, I've got both in my garden …. I never remember to use the nettles … or the ransoms come to that :oops: ;) :rolleyes:
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Re: The joys of spring vegetables.

Postby Seatallan » April 16th, 2019, 3:34 pm

:tu: :D :hungry:
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