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Vegetable Panache with Sukumawiki

Did you just get your weekly box of organic vegetables and do not know what to do with them? Are you cooking on a budget? Well, do not let them go to waste. You could go all British with soup or you could posh up an East African favourite by “stretching the week” with an added bit of flamboyance to the humble sukuma wiki. I made a panache of vegetables using turnips from my weekly organic veggie box.

Panache of Vegetables F. Muyambo

If I am to be honest though, I hardly ever know what I could ever do with turnips. It is not a common vegetable when it comes to African cuisine. However the best thing about cooking, and the love and respect of food and ingredients in our various gastronomic adventures, is the fact that we pride ourselves in cooking locally sourced and readily available ingredients. And so, I managed to transform a box of humble spuds into something a little bit more exciting.

Ingredients

3 to 4 turnips, scrubbed and chopped into 1 inch cubes
3 carrots
150g spring greens, leaves trimmed and finely sliced
75g mixed frozen vegetables of your choice
25g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
150g chestnut mushrooms

Preparation method

1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Add the turnips and cook for 3-4 minutes.

2. After this time, add the carrots and allow to cook for an additional 2 minutes. Then add the spring greens and frozen vegetables. Boil for one minute, drain the vegetables and set aside.

3. Heat a frying pan until hot, add the butter and olive oil and fry the mushrooms for 1-2 minutes until just cooked through. Add the drained vegetables to the pan and combine. At this point, if you wish to add a 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of vegetable oil, you may do so.

4. The vegetables are now ready to serve as a side to your favourite dish,

 

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