The first delicious spring veg

It is so exciting when we can pick the first of the vegetables at the allotment and it was time to thin the beetroots, parsnips, kholrabi and the turnips. We had a bit of a hot spell and everything has been growing so fast.




The turnips were unfortunately eaten by something and I had to throw them away but the other veg were good. I cleaned and scraped them and decided to roast the beets and the parsnips. The bay leaves are fresh and soft and they are delicious.




I had mushrooms in the fridge and decided to cook them with some kimchi to make it interesting. I thought a cheesy bechamel would bring it all together.


Kimchi mushrooms 

preparation time 5 minutes 

cooking time 10 minutes 

serves 2


  • 400 gr or 14 ounce button mushrooms
  • 1 onion fine chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, fine chopped
  • 1/2 dl or 1/4 cup kimchi
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste

Slice the mushrooms and place in a pan. Cook off until the liquid is gone.




Add the soy sauce and the mirin and when that has been soaked up by the mushrooms add the oil and fry the mushrooms a little crispy. Last add the kimchi.




Make sure the flavours mix and keep it heated until you are ready to serve.


Whilst that is cooking clean the kholrabi and shell some broadbeans before steaming them for a couple of minutes.




The roast vegetables came out beautiful. I added a light drizzle of honey over the parsnips the last 15 minutes of roasting.




The bayleaves had crisped up and were delicious, I wish I had made more of them.


I loved the bechamel with the veg and it was a great way to eat spring veg. I am sure M said something about the lack of meat so next time I will have some ham with it but it was still nice.






I am bringing some of the spring veg to Angie’s brilliant Fiesta Friday party. Since I joined Angela’s Fiesta Friday party I have meet so many friends. The dishes are so diverse and it is a constant source of inspiration. Thie week Angie’s two co hosts are Quinn, Dad what’s 4 dinner and Naina, Spice in the City. Angie always picks the most amazing co hosts and Quinn and Naina are no exceptions. Have a look at their blog but be warned, they will make you hungry and I always find something to inspire me!







20 Responses to “The first delicious spring veg”
  1. hocuspocus13 says:

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    jinxx ♣ xoxo

  2. Petra that is gorgeous, I love roasted Spring vegetables or any vegetable for that matter. Your photos are gorgeous.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Suzanne
      Thank you! I am like you and I can never resist roast veg! Am glad you like the photos 🙂

  3. Loretta says:

    Absolutely spot on Petra! Did you start with seeds or plants?

    • petra08 says:

      hi Loretta
      We started with seeds and are so lucky they seems to grow so well 🙂

      • Loretta says:

        That’s interesting, but then your weather in the UK is not as harsh as some of our winters here. I’m just amazed you have so much produce so quickly. 🙂

        • petra08 says:

          It has been quite mild, not warm but not cold either and then a couple of warm weeks and everything takes off 🙂 Still lots more to come and I can’t wait!

          • Loretta says:

            We will have to compare notes Petra, we’ve just planted 6 veggies in 6 raised beds, about 75 ears of corn, okra, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash etc.etc. These are in the gardens that I volunteer at, so loads of sunshine and good earth. Next year I plan to start the seeds waaay ahead of time, this year we were late.

            • petra08 says:

              We will! Wow, it sounds like a great combination of vegetables! Next year I want lots more edible flowers. Forgot to say we do have a greenhouse to germinate the seeds in and that helps. One year I had the whole dining table covered and it was a bit impractical! 🙂

  4. Ginger says:

    I am so jealous – your harvest looks amazing!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Steffi
      Thank you, most everything is growing quite well. We had some veggie casualties but not as many as last year! 🙂

  5. Grandtrines says:

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  6. It must be fantastic to taste the veggies that you have grown yourselves! Wonderful! Love your plating skills Petra 🙂

    • petra08 says:

      hi Naina
      It is great to grow your own, picking the vegetables and cooking them straight away is amazing. Glad you like the plating 🙂

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