If you follow our blog you will know that we have been learning our way through the River Cottage Family Cookbook for the past year already… and loving every minute of it!!!
We have been working our way through the Vegetable Chapter for an age already… and what I can say is that it really helps kids to try new things if they cook it themselves. If they grow the vegetables then you won’t even have to cook them. My kids will munch away on vegetables they previously wouldn’t touch, you don’t even have to cook them!
So this is what we have been trying…
- You have already seen our minestrone soup… such fun to make and everyone can help!!!
- Roast onions of every variety… oh yum!!! We had the biggest roasting pan packed with onions because everyone wanted to try each type!!!
- And we tried all sorts of potatoes…
- Garlic Rosemary and Lemon Potatoes…
- Roast potatoes with spinach. Even my truly non-spinach eater quaffed these down!!!
- And we have a couple of super efficient potato mashers under our roof now… who knew the trick to fabulous mashed potatoes was warm milk!!!
- Vegetable fritters are yummy and you can really add in anything you have in stock… nobody seems too discerning about the details, just the fact that they were fritters… I don’t normally bother with going the extra-mile to make fritters, but to be honest they loved them so much it’s worth the effort.
- Even plates full of cabbage have been vanishing before my eyes… the trick is in the slivers of onion and slivers of cabbage all fried up with freshly ground pepper… I confess we added a sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan, but if that’s what makes the cabbage go down then I am all for it!!!
- But the winning recipe by far has to be the Green Peas with Roasted Red Peppers and Chorizo… VERY well worth the effort!!!
We roasted those peppers, chopped the onions and softened them, peeled the peppers and slivered them and added them to the pan. Thinly slice the chorizo and add it to the pan and let it all cook slowly together. When you are almost ready to serve it add the peas top the pan, let it sizzle away for a minute or two and when the peas are ready serve it up. I wouldn’t normally go to such length to serve peas… but this turned out to be such a winner add a baked potato and it’s dinner!!!
So that was the chapter on Vegetables…
And we are headed for Fish and Shellfish, Yum!!!