For those who see vegetables as purely fillers for a meal, to add a bit of colour to the plate or articles that you know you should be eating more of but would rather take your vitamin intake from supplements, perhaps taking a cookery course in the art of preparing les legumes may open your eyes to the possibilities that these often neglected ingredients present.
Trying to get your kids to eat their greens is a problem that has bedevilled parents for generations. Perhaps we have been looking at them the wrong way.
How often do you roast your vegetables, other than spuds, for instance? What other herbs and spices do you put in the pot – other than salt – when boiling your cauliflower? And do you boil them until they’re so soggy any nutrient gets washed out of the colander when you drain them? Perhaps it’s time you acknowledged that you need a cookery class to learn how to cook vegetables.
Cooking courses not just for meat or fish
When you turn your eyes to the TV or magazines, very often the spotlight is on the honey-glazed roast or a sizeable chunk of flaky white fish; okay, the vegetables may be glazed, too or treated to extra dressing but can in no way be considered centre stage.
Chinese New Year can kick-start your enthusiasm
One of the greatest nations on Earth for utilising leaves, shoots and seeds are the Chinese. With their New Year a little over a month after Western Europe’s – and the great sense of occasion they celebrate it with – the build-up in 2012 will take in many of their customs, not least the cookery master class to which many Brits aspire, eat regularly and yet have absolutely no idea how to cook.
Christmas dinner without turkey?
Could you imagine being sat around the table on December 25th, sprouts and stuffing at the ready, yet no big bird waiting to be carved? No, of course not.
However, the Chinese New Year meal is as close an equivalent as we can draw in Europe to our own Christmas meal. The difference between them is that the Chinese version, probably the most important family meal in their calendar, there is a marked abstinence from meat due in no small measure to their belief that sticking to the vegetables will lead to a prolonged life.
Whatever your belief, if you’re in the majority of UK citizens, you are not consuming enough vegetables. Vegetables are not the enemy – if you know you should eat more, but don’t want to expend the time and effort because you’re the only one in the household who eats them, learn how to cook and prepare them more interestingly.
There are vegetable cookery courses – or individual classes – out there; enrol today to bring some natural goodness back into your life