Stem sell

An untrimmed kohlrabi is a strange vegetable to behold: the bulbous stem's sleek, smooth roundness is marred by long, slender, leafy stalks sticking out at odd angles.

Sunday, 26 February, 2012, 12:00am

Fresh cabbage adds nutrients, vitamins and sweetness to a piscatorial parcel

Tianjin cabbage is distinct not only for its elongated shape and rougher texture, but also for its famed juicy sweetness. Hailing from the coastal city southeast of Beijing, the vegetable is rich in vitamins A and C, and is a popular ingredient in steaming hotpots during winter.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rainbow palette for your palate

Pineapple buns or congee with fish balls for breakfast; cha siu bau, claypot rice or egg noodles for lunch; beef with oyster sauce and fried choi sum for dinner. The brown sauces and soups, white grains and dried meats of many Hong Kong dishes have little nutritional value or colour, and cannot sustain an average diet without resulting in detrimental health effects.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Keys to Good Cooking - A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes

Keys to Good Cooking - A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes By Harold McGee

30 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Heads up

There's a 13-page (and counting) thread on eGullet ( dedicated to roasted cauliflower (it's called 'Roasted cauliflower - tastes like French fries'). There aren't many humble, everyday vegetables that inspire entire threads, even on this food-obsessed site.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Green goodness

Good things usually come in small packages, this is particularly true for broccoli. It has been hailed as a super-food by health organisations around the world. We know veggies are good for us but why broccoli?

15 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Unsung hero

Broccoli can inspire extreme dislike; just ask George H.W. Bush, who said: 'I'm president of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.'

6 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


Creamy cabbage soup

Makes 4 servings

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 sliced unsmoked back bacon, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 bay leaf

3 cups green cabbage, chopped

1/2 cup canned haricot or butter beans

4 cups chicken or vegetable stock

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


Broccoli salad with curry dressing

Serves 6

Curry dressing

1 cup plain low fat yoghurt

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp curry powder

5 cups broccoli, divided into florets

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 small red onion

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

16 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

A musician down to the very marrow

Australian musician Colin Minifie (below) doesn't need to carry instruments. He can just go to any market and pick something from the fresh produce.

That's because he uses fruits and vegetables - including a cabbage, banana, pineapple and potato - to play music.

15 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Romanesco broccoli

Romanesco broccoli looks as if it should be in a museum rather than on a dinner plate.

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am


Cauliflower is something that makes children - and some adults - cringe. But this prosaic, everyday vegetable can be transformed by skilled cooks into surprisingly elegant dishes.

What is it? It's a member of the cabbage family, which also includes broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

When is it in season? It's in the markets year-round.

25 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Language point

Below are some staples in a Chinese kitchen. Do you know what they are?

1. broccoli

2. bean curd

3. sprouts

4. Chinese cabbage

5. Five spice powder

a. Similar to cauliflower, dark green in colour

b. Sprouted green gram that are highly nutritious.

5 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Cabbage fit for a king

Although it is available throughout the year cabbage seems to be associated with hearty winter dishes. Head cabbage, which has thick, waxy leaves, has a strong flavour and can leave a pervasive odour in the flat if it is overcooked. It is delicious if it is cooked quickly to retain its bite. Dice bacon and cook it until it is crisp. Pour off most of the fat.

17 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Best buys

Broccoli and cauliflower are always so 'there' in the markets that it's difficult to get excited about them. But they're both useful in winter, when not as many fresh varieties of vegetables are available. I wanted some soup when the weather was cooler, so I bought a head of cauliflower, although I also could have made the soup with broccoli.

9 Feb 2001 - 12:00am