Vegging Out’s Easter Weekend Guide

Purple Sprouting BroccoliEAT

Purple sprouting broccoli

WHY: Purple sprouting broccoli has a fairly short season in the UK from around mid February to mid April. It’s tasty, colourful and full of nutrients. Get it now, while you can!

HOW: Try one of these recipes:

FOR MORE INFO: Check out this interesting blog post about growing purple sprouting broccoli.


According to the website Garden Organic, now is a good time . . .

TO SOW: Broad beans, early carrots, parsnips, peas, radishes, and turnips.

TO PLANT: Asparagus, onion sets, potatoes, shallots, and Jerusalem artichokes.


A mason bee observation box

HOW: This short video from SolitaryBee shows you everything you need to know to make your mason bee observation box.

WHY: Although they only live for six weeks in their flying form, solitary bees are great for the garden, pollinating up to ten times more flowers than honey bees. The observation boxes are cheap and easy to make with just a few tools.

WHEN: As soon as possible! Their short season is starting around now.

FOR MORE INFO: Check out the Solitary Bees blog.


Thanet Easter Beer Festival

  • WHERE: Winter Gardens, Margate, England
  • WHEN: 2–3 April
  • WHY: If you’re a beer lover you’ll find a huge selection of real ales, ciders and perries as well as food and live music.

Scallop Festival

  • WHERE: Loguivy de la Mer, France
  • WHEN: 3–4 April
  • WHY: It’s a two-day gastronomic festival, including fishing trips and full-on feasts.

Bristol Slow Food Market

  • WHERE: Corn Street, Bristol, England
  • WHEN: 4 April
  • WHY: Held on the first Sunday of every month, this regular ‘Slow Food’ market brings the together a wealth of local, seasonal and traditionally produced food and drink.

(Photo by mishimoto via Flickr)



10 Tasty Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli is one of the best vegetables for you, but you don’t have to just eat it boiled or steamed and shoved over to the side of your plate! Here are 10 more exciting ways to cook broccoli from pancakes and pasta, to rice, noodles, quiche and soup.

1• Quick Broccoli and Stilton Soup

Just 5 ingredients and ready in around 20 minutes. (From

2• Broccoli Crunch

A tasty mix of cooked broccoli, candied nuts, crunchy apples, shallots and red onions in a creamy almond dressing. (From

3• Emeril’s Broccoli and Cauliflower Au Gratin

Cheesy florets with a spicy kick of cayenne baked until golden brown. (From

4• Sesame, Chilli and Honey-Drizzled Broccoli

Broccoli is great for soaking up flavour. This flavoursome recipe combines sweet and spicy ingredients. (From

5• Broccoli Pancakes

An easy, nutritious and delicious recipe from Dr Weil. (From

6• Cheddar Bacon Broccoli Quiche

You can change this basic recipe to include your favourite cheese or swap the bacon for another veg and make it vegetarian. (From

7• Italian Broccoli & Salmon Bake

A heavenly pasta recipe with sundried tomatoes, capers and basil. (From

8• Broccoli Walnut Noodles

An interesting looking dish with extra-wide noodles and a wonderful contrast of flavours, including walnuts, orange and lemon. (From

9• Broccoli Rice Pilaf

A good every-day or dinner-party dish that would go well with chicken or tuna. (From

10• Cheesy Pancakes with Cauliflower and Broccoli

Gorgeous creamy cheesiness, wrapped in a pancake. Cwor . . . let me at it! (From

And one more for luck (couldn’t resist it)!

11• Broccoli and Potato Gratin

A lovely, simple, creamy gratin with added oats and celeriac, if you fancy it. (From

Find out what nutrients are in broccoli.


Broccoli – the Nutrient Powerhouse

BroccoliWhat Nutrients Are In Broccoli?

Broccoli is a nutritional heavyweight. It packs a punch of 19 nutrients. Eat one serving (one cup) and you will be downing excellent quantities of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, folic acid and fibre.

Add to that, very good quantities of manganese, tryptophan, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, phosphorus, magnesium, protein and Omega 3. And good quantities of vitamin B5, iron, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, zinc and vitamin E. Wow!

Food vs Supplements

Now, if you look at this list and compare it with the average list of nutrients in a multivitamin tablet, it’s a good illustration of why, if you eat the right foods, there’s no need to supplement. And you’ll probably find that buying broccoli is a whole lot cheaper.

Quantity of nutrients is of course an issue. One cup of broccoli (according to The World’s Healthiest Foods) provides 205% of your daily needs of vitamin C, 194% of vitamin K and 45% of vitamin A. The rest of the nutrients range from between 23 and 3% of daily need. But, of course, you are not going to eat the broccoli on its own so any other natural foods you eat with it adds to your cache of nutrients.

Ways to Cook Broccoli to Boost Nutrients

Another thing to bear in mind is how you cook/eat your broccoli. You will get the most benefit from eating it raw and lose the least nutrients from steaming. If you choose to boil it, leave it in the water for only a couple of minutes so it’s still firm and a nice bright green – if you cut the pieces quite small, they cook really quickly. Broccoli can be lovely in stir fries, but again, cut the pieces small and fry for only a few minutes, preferably in olive oil.

A simple way to add extra vitamins, omega oils and phytochemicals to your broccoli – and great taste – is to serve it with your choice of chopped red chilli, raw garlic, almonds, coconut flakes, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds.


For 10 Tasty Broccoli Recipes click here.

You can get the lowdown on the quantity of nutrients in broccoli at The World’s Healthiest Foods.