Weekly Photo Challenge: WINTER

My favorite asparagus and corn are long since gone, and winter’s chilly breezes don’t always thrill me —

but they certainly encourage cooking and eating lovely things like these roasted vegetables —

So let’s hear it for the vegetables of winter: carrots, butternut squash, beets, celery, sweet potatoes, red onions, all sprinkled with thyme and salt and pepper and olive oil and roasted for a long long time, which warms the kitchen, the stomach, and the heart ALL AT ONCE.

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36 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: WINTER

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    I read the word ‘asparagus’ and my stomach made a rumble.
    Time to eat!
    These veg look yummy.

  2. IsobelandCat says:

    English asparagus is the best.
    Have you had any?
    All others are pale imitations.
    Roll on spring!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      As it happens, Isobel —- 🙂 —
      one of my favorite subjects in the world!
      I haven’t had asparagus in England (although I had unforgettable young broad beans in the Vale of Evesham, another story).
      But I have been to Germany in spargel season, and as a guest was dined on asparagus everywhere. Heaven! The white asparagus in the US (which comes from South America) is certainly a pale imitation.
      Now as to green — ahem — the area we moved to this summer, the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, is a very fertile region, spreading as it does across the floodplain of the Connecticut River. The corn is wonderful, but perhaps the biggest crop is, you guessed it. Hadley is a town at the center of the Valley, and the crop is so identified with this area that it is known familiarly as Hadley grass.
      Wouldn’t it be fun if we could have an asparagus tasting? You proffering your English varieties, me with a heap of Hadley grass?
      There’s a nice thought to ponder on a winter’s day —

      • Patti Kuche says:

        How did I miss this thread? Love the sweet, tender juicy English asparagus, have been in Germany at spargel time and have enjoyed the little guys here in the US. I am a happy eater as long as they are not woody and tough. Heck, I am happy with them out of a tin which I grill (broil?) with cheese on toast.
        Now I shall have to look out for some of that wonderful Hadley grass and yes, it would be so much fun to have an asparagus tasting. With fresh melted butter!

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Now there’s a wintry activity I can really get my back into —
        dreaming and planning for a springtime asparagus tasting! To be followed in due time by a corn tasting —
        Sigh!

  3. Patti Kuche says:

    Perfect antidote to those chilly breezes. Keep warm and Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Likewise, Patti!
      Where are you at this beginning of 2012? In the US, in England, or elsewhere?
      Wondering if you’d be tempted to weigh in on the asparagus question, being in a position to have sampled on both sides of the pond.
      Of course it may be that you hate the stuff!

  4. IsobelandCat says:

    Aaargh, broad beans. I love them. Best spring ever was visiting relatives on Gozo and enjoying spring veg, including broad beans, then a month later everything coming into season in England.
    Heaven on a plate.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Short pause for me to find out from Wikipedia where in the world Gozo is. Who knew it was part of Malta? Who knew it was the home of CALYPSO, that seductive nymph goddess???????
      So you had primeurs, first fruits of the season, in Gozo and then a month later in England? Lucky lucky you!!!!!
      I’d say if you came here to New England we could tempt you with fiddleheads, but frankly, I’ve never mustered up the nerve to try them myself.
      You’d have to settle for the Hadley grass — and no young broad beans. Come in summer, though, our corn is unequalled.

      Off to the supermarket, suddenly I’m starving!
      😉

  5. jfb57 says:

    Yummy! I love the cold weather for the excuses it gives you for this sort of food!

  6. jakesprinter says:

    This post makes me hungry 🙂
    wish you luck for 2012 🙂

  7. Amar Naik says:

    good post. happy new year

  8. suitablefish says:

    roasted winter vegetables are one of my very favorite winter eats. clever entry!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks, Susan. Excellent to chow down on when outdoors the snow is heaped up like — like it is where you are!!! Still none here —
      A Happy and Healthy New Year to you —

  9. YES! Yes to winter vegetables, yes to warmth and comfort.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      There are outdoor girls, and there are indoor girls. I’m one of the latter. You too?
      A happy and healthy and joyous new year I wish for you, Joss! Outdoors and indoors —

  10. ceceliafutch says:

    My favorite! Yummy roasted winter veggies!

  11. Caroline says:

    It looks tasty. It’s nice to see something besides snow for winter.

  12. 2e0mca says:

    Lovely colours –

    Roasted Sweet Potato, Red Onion, Spinach and Mushrooms on a puff pastry base with Honey glazed parsnips and carrots and roasted potatoes… Vegetarian Christmas Dinner 🙂

    • Touch2Touch says:

      OOOOOOOH!
      Talk about sounding yummy!
      I’ve never had the nerve to try using puff pastry. Maybe that’s a challenge for the New Year —
      And wishes for a Happy Happy 2012 for all your family!

  13. Yum! Roasted veggies is my absolute favorite dinner in the winter!! And they look gorgeous to boot!

  14. Madman says:

    Oh no, the drooling starts again… 🙂 Thanks for the share!

  15. IsobelandCat says:

    I have a new addiction: cauliflower soup with Blue Stilton. Heaven in a bowl.

  16. Stef says:

    I ADORE roasted vegetables. The more variety in the mix, the better! Don’t forget to add some Brussles sprouts.

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