Day 9: Vegetable Delight
My Head Gardener, who is always right, insists that food is the best form of winter fuel. On a cold day there is nothing better than a bowl of hearty vegetable soup, a rich casserole or a tray of roasted root vegetables to restore the inner glow. Winter food needs rich earthy flavours: the sweetness of beetroot, carrots or parsnips, the slight mineral tang of kale, broccoli and spinach, the heat of garlic and horseradish tempered with creamy cauliflower or buttery leeks.
In January my vegetable garden begins to look a little depleted and weather worn, but there is still sufficient to feed us and have a little to spare for a friend in need. I think a box of winter vegetables on the ninth day would be more useful than “nine ladies dancing”. I will even tuck in a recipe from the croft kitchen to inspire you to eat your greens. Enjoy.