So what did I do with the marvelous, surprise romanesco?
I roasted it, and made a salad. It was lovely but did induce a shocking amount of herb-related guilt …
You could add parsley or tarragon to this, or coriander would be nice. My parsley and tarragon aren’t quite ready to be picked. I do have some coriander courtesy of some self-seeding that happened in the cold-frame, but during my monthly visit to our local co-op in search of marshmallows for my hot chocolate, I found a packet (omg a packet!) of basil leaves reduced to 30p. So queen of profligacy that I am, I bought it and then promptly felt guilty especially on the day when my own basil seeds sprouted. I felt they were remonstrating with me for my lack of patience.
You can see my coriander at the end of the coldframe, rocket in the front and baby coriander and dill in between
but I shunned my home-grown herbs for the lure of a discounted shop bought pack of basil – the shame…..
Roast romanesco and leek salad: romanesco, three leeks, cannellini beans, juice of a lemon, olive oil, seasoning, some kind of fresh herb – basil in my case.
Separate the florets, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with sea salt and roast. Meanwhile slice and fry the leeks – you could griddle these instead. Mix the roast romanesco with the leeks and cannellini beans, juice of a lemon, olive oil, seasoning and herb of your choice!
We ate it with some nice bread from the shop ! Yeah, yeah, I have two dogs, a house full of chickens, I am not sure I need the additional distraction from writing of baking my own bread right now!
N.B. don’t even start about my shameful use of tinned beans – I am working on growing my own cannellini beans, but these things take time. And everyone has a shameful little marshmallow secret or something similar. Still haven’t got round to making my own marshmallows either – what am I doing with my life?