What’s for dinner?

Posted October 21, 2013 in Cooking, Herb Gardening, Melbourne, Produce Gardening, Recipes, What's for dinner?, Yarra Valley

It’s so easy to not think about seasonal produce these days, we live in a global world and shop in large convenient supermarkets. We can pick up cherries all year round, buy Mexican garlic and not necessarily think about where our food is coming from. It’s really hard to always be aware of this, but once you build up a knowledge base of what grows when, you will be able to save so much money!

If you’re not growing your own veggies, try and track down a really good local green grocer or consider getting a delivery from some of the online providers each week. You will be amazed how much healthy and delicious stuff you can come away with each week when you buy seasonal produce – $20 will go such a long way!

I think this is my favourite time of year as I love cooking with greens such as broccoli, asparagus, broad beans, brussel sprouts and snow peas.

So it’s Monday and you probably can’t really be bothered cooking after a big weekend…right? Well, here is something super cheap and super delicious that I have been enjoying lately. It’s made all the better when you can add some of the veggie’s from your own garden, but store bought is just fine. I tend to always have broccoli in the fridge, and pasta, garlic, onion and pesto tend to be staples too. So generally I just need to get some asparagus and brussel sprouts.

My take on Pasta Primavera:

Orrecchiette pasta

Brussel sprouts – sliced in to quarters

Broccoli – cut in to florets (never throw the stems out, you can slice that up thinly too)

Asparagus – snap off the woody ends and slice the rest up

Onion – diced

Garlic – crushed and diced

Chilli – as you desire

Olive Oil

Lemon juice

Pesto (optional) – couple of

Bacon (optional) – diced


Boil a big pot of water for the pasta. Cook pasta as you are preparing the sauce.

Blanch the broccoli florets and brussel sprouts in a separate pot of boiling water for two minutes.

Fry the onion, garlic, bacon and chilli together.

Add the asparagus, broccoli and brussel sprouts. If you have time it can be nice to cook the sprouts separately in a wok in order to char them up.

Once that’s all cooked, you can add some pesto through it.

Drain pasta and add sauce on top! Squeeze a bit of lemon and grate some fresh Parmesan on top and you have yourself a simple but delicious dinner!

I don’t have any of my own photos, but here are some brussel sprouts I grew last year!