in praise of vegetables

 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.


  1. I just love any sort of veg, and fresh soup is a great way of enjoying the colours of nature.

  2. You are quite right, of course; vegetables are so beautiful. And velvety soups? Oh, my favourite thing about autumn, I believe!

    It's very nice to meet you by the way! I simply had to come visit the 'neat freak' who posted on Gina's blog ;-)

    Warmest wishes from France,


    1. Thank you very much for visiting. It is very nice to meet you too! Funnily enough I had just been reading your blog also, which I found via Celia on Purple Podded Peas and I thought the items which you made with her fabric were very lovely and especially the addition of your cross stitich panel.
      Best wishes from 'neat freak'!

  3. I agree with you, every bowl of fruit or veg has the potential to be a still life painting. Your photos are beautiful.

  4. And the colours and patterns in a red cabbage are divine too :-)

    1. Yes, you are right. The layers are so pretty when you slice through one.

  5. Yes, lovely to look at and lovely to eat. Homemade soups are just the best at this time of year, aren't they?


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