Which would you say are the foods that bring you nutritional contentment? And how do you cook them, if you do? Perhaps it is the way the dish is prepared or its texture, saltiness, even sweetness, but my favourite foods to look forward to this season are the rich dark vegetables. The vegetable or plant food brings the best nutritive value. In addition to this, there are other benefits such as energy, calmness, alertness. But a vegetable on its own doesn’t do the trick, it is what complements it, what balances its taste and aroma.

There are plenty of ways one can enjoy the richness of what vegetables have to offer, without sacrificing their nutritional content. I’ve often found that vegetables cooked at a high temperature but only for a little while make the most impact. A flash fried method is often employed in most of our vegetable dishes. However, some of the other ways to enjoy them are preserving them into hot clay pots and casseroles.

All this talk of warm vegetables gets me excited about the process of growing one’s own vegetables and fruit. More of that in the posts to come.