Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Eggs and vegetables

When you grow your own vegetables,  the actual production (time and amount)  is a little bit unpredictable.  I have commented before on traditional recipes that regularly combine vegetables that mature in the garden at the same time....  the classic is broad beans and artichokes for which there are many Greek or Italian (Mediterranean climate,  same as here)  in traditional or "peasant" food recipe books.
The other really useful source of information about using "whatever you have" comes from Indian style  cooking.
Quoting from a favourite book by Vinod Verma who describes cooking "vegetables and eggs"...
"You should eat a combination of vegetables rather than a single vegetable with your meals.  For example,  a  combination of 2 carrots, 1 potato, a bit of cabbage and a tomato is better thatn eating one of these vegetables each day."  The author suggests cooking the vegetable mixture with some onion, ginger and garlic and a combination of spices.  The mixture of spices that I use for this recipe includes cumin, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper and ground coriander.  I grind these in a mortar and pestle.
The whole thing is assembled in this order...
Fry the onions and grated ginger,  add the spices (ground in the mortar) and some tumeric.  Then add the vegetables one by one in the order that they take to cook (longest cookers first.)  cover and cook gently until the vegetables are done and then add the beaten eggs (I use about 4 or 5 for three of us... depending on the size of the eggs or how many I have available) and stir gently until it is all cooked through.
Not only is this fresh and local,  but it is inexpensive and uncomplicated.

This evening, we have carrots, potatoes, broccoli and silver beet along with about 4 or 5 eggs.  We have some left over coriander chutney left from yesterday too,  though Chris may well  have some tomato sauce on his...  no problem!  This is as quick to cook as getting on down to the takeaway for a pizza or chicken and chips....  and much less expensive.

And then I washed my socks and they are drying by the kitchen fire overnight...

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