Yes, it’s Lent so what better time to get creative with our veggies? We are so lucky to be living on this beautiful island of Cyprus, in the Mediterranean Sea, with wonderful weather and soil for growing veggies in abundance and variety, some we know and some new to us.
Vegetables common to the traditional Mediterranean diet include artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, celeriac, chard, chicory, coriander, cucumbers, mustard greens, nettles, sweet peppers, chili peppers, eggplant, fennel, okra, leeks, kale, lettuce, courgettes, tomatoes, onions, green onions, garlic, not forgetting our fabulous Cyprus potatoes and the amazing selection of fresh herbs… the list goes on!
For the next few months, we hope to give you some delicious recipes and ideas for serving both the veggies familiar to you and some ways to cook and serve the ones you are not so familiar with! With the wonderful introduction of ‘Veggie Boxes’ delivered to our doors, now here in Cyprus, we get to sample and enjoy some produce that we have not cooked or prepared before, so let’s get started!
Celebrate the humble but mighty Cyprus potato!
Potatoes are a culinary wonder, filling, comforting, cheap and abundant all year long! They also provide critical vitamins and minerals and are packed with fibre, from comforting mash to crispy chips and lots of recipes in between.
Who doesn’t love classic mash, with good potatoes, butter, cream/milk, salt & pepper? Delicious and comforting, we agree, but have you tried:
Creamy Garlic & Dairy Free Mash: Perfect for Lent and plant-based eating with dairy free butter, plant milk and lots of black pepper.
Olive Oil Mash (another for lent)!
Sage & Garlic Mash
Rosemary & Garlic Mash
Most Decadent: Cream cheddar, grated cheese with chives and bacon bits mash!