Do you love veggies as much as I do?
Coming from Romania, I grew up in a home where fresh food was a daily habit! My mum cooked all the time and only used fresh ingredients. I started cooking with her at a young age, so I got to love the flavours and aromas that different veggies offer. And as much as I loved mashed potatoes or fries, mum made sure I would eat peas and broccoli too (I used to hate cauliflower)!
I moved out of my family home at a young age, I was 19 years old when I left for uni. I started cooking quite often for myself and my roommates, calling mum and grandma all the time, to make sure I am using the right ingredients or the right amount of water.
Of course, I developed my cooking style in time, but I still call my mum when I try certain Romanian recipes. My mum is my cooking hero!
I cook almost daily now as a married woman, and I can say that veggies are always there. Still not a big fan of cauliflower, although I do eat it sometimes now. I usually have salads for lunch and cook something fresh for dinner. My favourite veggies are carrots, leeks, peas, cabbage, courgettes, and aubergines. I am happy that we can find fresh vegetables here in the UK all year round, and we even have a veggie box subscription too, with fresh seasonal veggies from the local farmers. I must say, ever since the veg box subscription, I have tried kale and funny-looking broccoli, big green salads that taste like seaweed, and all the chunky & muddy seasonal veggies they have available, and I love it. I should probably eat at least double the amount of veg I am eating, but I am on the right track, not focusing on the starchy veg too much and more on the green veg.
In January, we have plenty of leeks, onions, and green cabbage that can be turned into a delicious soup (having a Thermomix has changed my life), a beautiful vegetarian shakshuka, and even roasted as a side dish for fish or chicken.
Let’s eat more veggies, my friends, they are amazing!
Cristina is a food photographer, food stylist, and recipe developer, loves travelling and spending time with friends.