Vegetative Anticipation

I’m number 12 on the waiting list for a copy of food writer  Nigel Slater’s book Tender. What a great name for a book about vegetables (in fact classic British vegetables). I love Nigel’s recipes that have appeared over the years in Zest – the Press food supplement. He is also a prolific and excellent writer about food – Toast; the story of a boy’s hunger, Eating for England, The Kitchen Diaries, Thirst, Nigel Slater’s Real Food.

Recently at the Ellerslie Flower Show, New Zealand gardening guru Lynda Hallinan was waxing lyrical about Tender. Lynda is a real enthusiast for growing your own fruit and veg and worked her way through an amazing list of varieties – both modern and heritage.

I’ve just been promised some kale plants to grow over winter – I’m sure Nigel will have some nice suggestions for cooking kale.