When rushing to prepare vegetables for a meal, peeling and chopping, it is easy to forget how beautiful they are.
Take for example the turnip.
Just a humble root vegetable ...
but take another look and you see little spheres of alabaster, deftly painted with
a wash of purple.
...or the squash which we grew on the allotment, different shapes and sizes, ranging in colour from biscuit through green and orange, their skin beautifully patterned.
I am thinking of coining the word 'vegephile' as being one who loves vegetables, not just for their beauty, but for the delicious meals which can be made with them.
This is how the squash ended..
.. made into a velvety soup, to warm us up on these darker evenings.