We're rediscovering how fabulous some vegetables can be (Brussels sprouts, cabbage) and we're spoilt with a fabulous spring bounty from broad beans, asparagus and rainbow chard. When the weather is warm we're putting them in salads and when it turns a bit chilly, I pop them in dishes and eat them like they're going out of fashion. The wonderful bonus is that they are great for you.
I recently did a story on Arthur Street Kitchen's Hetty McKinnon who hand delivers all of her salads on bike. She was kind enough to give me a copy of her wonderful cookbook "Community" which is filled with luscious salad recipes. A couple of days later I had one of her salads delivered and as soon as I opened up the cauliflower and spiced lentil salad I was smitten with the flavours and aromas. I remembered her saying that you do need to work a bit harder to put flavour into vegetables and I think that is true.
The recipe below makes an enormous salad but it's great the day after. It's perfect for a communal share meal-we actually brought part of this to a picnic and ate the rest on a warm spring evening. The lentils give the salad body so that you don't feel as though you need to eat more afterwards and the caramelised cauliflower gives it goodness and flavour.
Every now and then I get the chance to be interviewed by a journalist. They may be from a magazine, newspaper, radio or online publication and the conversation is always generally around food. As we're about to start summer, one of the more recent questions was about food trends. Predicting food trends is always slightly nerve wracking because they record your prediction or opinion and a part of you always wonders if it is going to come true. But I figure that I can just do a best guess and at the very least tell them about what the food trends are happening in my kitchen at least.
When I mentioned a few trends to the journalist she mentioned that others were in agreement but then I started talking about salads and vegetables and apparently I was a bit on my own with that. But for our household at least, we are currently going crazy for salads and vegetables.
So tell me Dear Reader, what do you think are the upcoming trends? And what are you loving in the kitchen at the moment?