Get Your Brassicas On
It's officially the season for Cauli's, Cabbages, Sprouts & Broccoli and this years crop are amazing. Super size and super tasty.
But, as customers habits have shifted back to more pre-pandemic behaviour(eating out, pre-packed meals), purchases of these beautiful veg are down.
Which also means that not only are they delicious and nutritious (low carb, full of fibre and nutrients and great for your well being as well as hormone balance - check out our nutritional nugget on cruciferous veg with nutritionist Virginia Hills for more info) they are great value.
So, for your wellbeing, the planet and your pocket one thing you can do over next few weeks is eat your greens! Ideally from your local greengrocer or farm shop who will have got them straight from the nearest grower - reducing food miles and supporting local growers and businesses.
We have lots of favourite things to do with them
- Cauliflower Couscous
- Cauliflower Rice (just whiz it up and stir fry it...)
- Cauliflower Cheese
- Asian Style Stir Fried Soy Savoy Cabbage
- Five Minute Cabbage, Mozzarella & Bacon Pasta
- Ottolenghis Whole Roast Cauliflower
- Shredded Sprouts with Garlic Bread Crumbs
- Broccoli Soup
- Cauliflower & Truffle Soup
- Cauliflower Bhajis
- Shredded Garlic Cabbage or Sprout Omelette w Sesame Seeds
- Red Cabbage w Apple & Raspberry Vinegar
- Pickled Cabbage
- Fermented Cabbage - we use cabbage in our Kimchi, Sunshine and Spicy Red Ferments
The list is almost endless and pretty much all of these can be made and preserved in the freezer, fridge or on the shelf for later in the year (or next). Hopefully you've got the gist!
Our recipes are mostly intuitive/ ready steady cook and if you're comfortable cooking that way you're probably half way to the shops already. If you want some help with being more intuitive in the kitchen look out for our Kitchen Mojo Workshops at Macknade going into 2024 and to get you going right now we've rounded up some of our online faves and here are the links.
Ottolenghis Cauliflower Couscous Salad - try using sunflower or pumpkin seeds instead of pistachios, grapes or chopped up dried apricots instead of pomegranate...
Wasted Cabbage, Mozzarella & Bacon Pasta - use whatever cheese you have in the fridge, or drop cheese and bacon completely and use nutritional yeast
Cauliflower Fridge Pickles - this is a link to our basic fridge pickle liquor recipe. When we make Cauliflower Pickles we add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a bay leaf to the liquor. A chilli is good too.
Jamies Shredded Sprouts - if we've got them we add a few bread crumbs to our version for extra crispiness
- Katy Newton