Red and yellow and pink and green…

 I recently discovered a greengrocers in a village near me that pretty much sells every slightly ‘unusual’ fruit and vegetable you could wish for…it is packed with heavenly wonders…including samphire, artichokes, wild garlic, yellow courgettes, numerous types of tomatoes…so much lovely produce I can barely remember it all. Sadly it’s not locally grown produce, all those things couldn’t grow in the UK at the same time, and it’s not exactly cheap either, but nice for an occasional visit I think..I’ll stick with our wonderful central market for my usual supplies. 

I was excited to find some wild garlic though as I know it’s the season and it’s not sold anywhere else locally to me, and I haven’t been brave enough for forage for any for fear of poisoning myself! (Plus I don’t know where to start looking locally?!) I grabbed a handful of the lovely leaves, as well as a couple of yellow courgettes (squash) and a few other things…

After a VERY good wash, some of the wild garlic leaves went into some homous, and some became a pesto, whizzed up with almonds, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and some grated cheddar cheese..very nice with these sweet potato fries, using Chitra’s recipe, and sriracha homous for a Saturday tea.. 

When I saw how many stalks I had left (and registered how much they must have cost!) I decided to use them too and chopped them up for another days lunch.. 

This was a creation of bits and pieces really:
Chopped yellow courgette and wild garlic stems, cooked in coconut oil, with added cooked freekeh, and topped with roasted flaked almonds and dried barberries..yum! I didn’t add a dressing as I ate it with freshly made homous.. 

It’s such a pretty plateful, even if Spring isn’t happening outside your window, it can happen on your plate.. 

That’s what I think anyway πŸ™‚ 

Enjoy! 

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43 thoughts on “Red and yellow and pink and green…

    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      It is, and it will be nice for an occasional visit or a particular item πŸ™‚ it’s not a village I visit very often…look it up, it’s in a lovely historic village called Olney, in Buckinghamshire. It’s beautiful, I’d take you there if you ever visited πŸ™‚

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      1. Susan

        I did just look it up! I’m not kidding. I think I’m going to put this on our list. Pete would LOVE it, and we both want to return to Great Britain!

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  1. Loretta

    How beautiful, your veggie dishes are always so colorful and vibrant. Love shops like those, it’s a real treat trying new veggies isn’t it? I often go crazy in a farmer’s market myself.

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  2. sallybr

    That is indeed the most perfect representation of Spring on a plate! I would love to wear a scarf with all these colors over a white shirt, walk around in the sun and then sit at a table to enjoy this beautiful concoction you made!

    Between you and me, I sometimes place the “eat local” aside and stop resisting some incredibly gorgeous exotic stuff that pops in our grocery store… life is too short to try to be perfect all the time, right?

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      I absolutely agree, with everything you said, the scarf, the white shirt…we definitely share a love of tastefully including colours in our clothes…and yes, it’s impossible to choose local all the time πŸ™‚
      The shop is a little Aladdin’s cave, and if the lady serving me hadn’t hassled me to get a move on, I probably would have enjoyed looking at more and would have come home with more things to play with…

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  3. Eha

    I would love to be able to be able to put a fork thru’ the screen and glory in both taste and healthy goodness! You are so lucky to get samphire: Australia being the size it is only the southern coastlines and some specialist greengrocers in bigger centres may be able to access. As far as foraging goes: don’t you have a ‘garden’ or ‘horticultural’ society within reach – would think you could find someone knowledgeable only too interested to show you the way . . . πŸ™‚ ?

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  4. sarithakumbakkara

    Nothing can beat the fresh veggies you get directly from a green grocer! I can see that you made the best out of your shopping ! Nice and colorful dishes !!! πŸ™‚

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  6. Anita Kushwaha

    I’ve been catching up on your posts today, Elaine, and everything looks delicious! Is the taste of wild garlic a little milder? Definitely a lot of spring happening on that plate! πŸ˜‰ xo

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