Vegetables

Vegetables

By
Andrew McConnell
Contains
13 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781743791325
Photographer
Earl Carter

There’s been an explosion in the availability and variety of Asian vegetables at local markets in Australia in the last decade or so, which has happily coincided with changes to the way I like to cook and eat. Vegetables have always played an important part in my cooking, and so this recent availability has not just been timely but has also been satisfying and inspiring.

Vegetables are probably the best ways to express the seasons in cooking and that’s one of the reasons I like eating them. But I can happily eat a vegetarian dinner, not just because of the ingredients, the flavours and the techniques that go into each dish, but because of how it makes me feel at the end of a meal — lighter, more energetic, more positive.

I’d now rather eat more vegetables than protein and we include a lot of vegetable dishes on the menu at Supernormal. They’re dishes that I would eat more frequently and return to more often.

Obviously vegetable dishes can be just as interesting as dishes focused on meat or fish but, until recently, this has not necessarily been represented on restaurant menus, which is something we’re trying to address at Supernormal.

The recipes here are for vegetable dishes rather than vegetarian because some of them contain some meat, but with the usual dish hierarchy flipped around. The meat plays a supporting role to the vegetable’s main event here, more of a seasoning, another layer of complexity or a quiet background hum than the principal focus. These dishes are definitely not sides. They’re designed to be stand-alone dishes or served as a central part of a larger banquet.

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