My at home cooking involves improved meals as far as the "main dish" is concerned, but I need to improve my vegetable skills, and am looking for your advice and perhaps a 'simple' recipe. My best vegetable dishes involve 1) adding flair to an existing dish (pasta dish or soup, etc.), and 2) frozen vegetables that I usually steam. Pathetic!
What I'd like to do is take a vegetable that is fresh, and make it taste fantastic! Especially if that dish has a significantly better flavor than a frozen version!
Years ago, I used to live in Southern Maryland, and a farmer/at home cook woman showed me a amazing simple dish involving kale (native to southern Maryland), but I can't remember her 'simple' recipe!!! I think it involved cooking a long time and perhaps olive oil, but I can't be sure, so don't want to put that much effort into imperfection (ha). I'd like to do this right..........with my story, I hope you get the idea of where I am going with this. I want a fresh veggie that produces great flavor, and I don't care how long it cooks as long as the result is GREAT. Once, on Ramsey's Nightmare's, I saw him cook a pea soup or broccoli soup that involved alot of veggies and blending it after freshly steaming or boiling, and the natural sweetness from the vegetable was all that was needed (perhaps salt). Sounds like another nice recipe, but I don't want to mess it up (can you get me specifics on this one!).
Help. I need a veggie transfusion!
P.S. I used to have a wok, and if I still owned it, than I'd ask for directions on improving asian style dishes, but I don't have it right now, so limit your suggestions in this area to wonderful dishes that are just as good in other pots/pans.