Let me count the ways.
1. Your fragile beauty inspires haiku
shy purple trees –
2. You look great in stir fry
What’s in it: leeks, peas, Jerusalem artichokes, spicy red pepper, chard, bit of carrot, and purple sprouting broccoli. Soup with pumpkin, ginger & rice noodles (gluten free, bought on a whim from Persepolis in Peckham).
What to do: stir fry the veg with fresh minced ginger + garlic in sesame oil, touch of chilli oil, add soy sauce, some veg broth, noodles. Simmer until done.
3. You jazz up my pasta
What to do: Cook the risoni in veg broth to strengthen the flavor. Thin the white sauce with the pasta water if you like.
4. Beef bourguignon loves you too
What’s in it: beef (like braised steak) in wine sauce with mushrooms and shallots, bundle of herbs (like marjoram and rosemary), whole garlic cloves. Purple sprouting broccoli cooked separately with slivered almonds and added as an afterthought.
What to do: Cook the beef bourguignon tenderly and slowly. Serve with broccoli to add a touch of color.