In praise of veg: the 50 week vegetable challenge

This page is where I will be keeping track of my challenge based on Alice Zaslavsky’s book In Praise of Veg, where I’ll choose a different vegetable every week and make a recipe from the book that features that vegetable. There are 50 vegetables in the book, so this means I get to try 50 new recipes in 50 weeks in 2021.

The front cover of the book In Praise of Veg by Alice Zaslavsky

You can read my first post about the challenge here and follow this potentially disastrous year in the kitchen on my instagram (with the hashtag #slgcooks).

In Praise of Veg:  my 50 recipes

# vegetable season recipe completed
1 Garlic Summer Ultimate Cheesy Garlic Bread Bake 22 February
2 Horseradish
+ Wasabi
Autumn, winter    
3 Daikon Autumn, winter    
4 Parsnip Summer, autumn, winter, spring Hasselback Parsnips with Rosemary Oil & Salt 20 March
5 Kohlrabi Winter, spring    
6 Fennel Summer, autumn, winter Fennel Cacciatore with Free-form Polenta Dumplings 5 May
7 Celeriac Autumn, winter Salt-baked Butterflied Celeriac Cheese 10 August
8 Cauliflower
+ Caulini
Summer, autumn, winter, spring One-pot Whole-roasted Cauliflower 6 April
9 Wombok Summer, autumn, winter, spring Chang-Ed Wombok Slaw with Plum Sauce 26 January
10 Ginger
+ Galangal
+ Turmeric
Summer, autumn, winter, spring Lau’s Vegetables with Fresh Ginger 6 February
11 Lemongrass Summer, autumn, winter, spring Lemongrass Fish Pops with Green Mango Salad 20 February
12 Sweetcorn Summer, autumn Sweetcorn Soup
Fool-Proof Corn Fritters
15 May
13 Patty pan squash Summer    
14 Carrot Summer, autumn, winter, spring Gajar Makhani – Indian Style Butter Carrot 2 February
15 Sweet potato Summer, autumn, winter, spring Darl’s Daal 16 March
16 Butternut squash
+ Spaghetti Squash
Summer, autumn, winter, spring Seven-spice Butternut Tagine 6 March
17 Pumpkin Autumn, winter Classic Zesty Pumpkin Risotto 23 March
18 Tomato
+ Tomatillo
Summer, autumn, winter, spring    
19 Radish Summer, spring Herb-butter Glazed Radishes 22 June
20 Red capsicum Summer, autumn Samosa-mix stuffed peppers 19 January
21 Rhubarb Summer, winter, spring    
22 Chilli Summer, autumn, winter, spring Smoky Baked Beans 28 July
23 Turnip
+ Swede
Summer, autumn, winter Cider-Braised Turnips with Sourdough Crumb 29 May
24 Beetroot
+Golden Beet
Summer, autumn, winter, spring Beet & Honey Roasted Walnut Salad 24 May
25 Radicchio
+ Endive
Spring Radicchio and Sausage Pasta 9 January
26 Globe artichoke Spring    
27 Eggplant Summer, autumn Sichuan Sitcky Eggplant 23 January
28 Onion
+ Red Onion
+ Shallot
Summer, autumn, winter, spring The ‘Any Kind of Onion’ Tarte Tatin 11 May
29 Potato Summer, autumn, winter, spring Mash, Crackle and Pop
Mash-up Gnocci with Cheat’s Sugo
8 June
30 Jerusalem artichoke Winter Roasted Tomato and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup 11 September
31 Yams & Tubers Autumn, winter Yam Tacos (Yacos) 10 July
32 Mushrooms
+ Truffles
Summer, autumn, winter, spring Not Mushroom for Error Pie with Duck Fat 6 April
33 Spinach
+ Silverbeet & chard
+ Warrigal greens)
Summer, autumn, winter, spring    
34 Rocket
+ Nettle
Summer, autumn, winter, spring    
35 Herbs Summer, autumn, winter, spring Lobio (Coriander Kidney Bean Stew) 30 March
36 Kale & cavolo nero Winter Salt & Vinegar Kale Chops 11 May
37 Broccoli
+ Chinese broccoli
+ Broccolini
Summer, autumn, winter, spring    
38 Zucchini
+ Zucchini flowers
Summer, autumn, spring Summer Slice 13 February
39 Cucumber Summer Sesame Cucumber Whack Salad 20 February
40 Beans
+ Bean shoots
Summer, Spring Georgian Green Beans with Caramelised Onion 26 June
41 Okra Summer Okra & Peanut Stew 2 January
42 Leek
+ Spring onion
Summer, autumn, winter, spring Mustard-buttered Leeks 14 August
43 Asparagus Spring    
44 Celery
+ Celtuce
Summer, autumn, winter, spring Blend & Snap Celery Soup 18 May
45 Lettuce
+ Watercress
Summer, autumn, winter, spring    
46 Bok choy Autumn, winter, spring Grilled Bok Choy with Peanut Sauce 2 March
47 Brussels sprouts Winter Seventies Dinner Party Sprouts 10 April
48 Peas & snow peas Spring
Snow Pea & Cabbage Chow Mein
31 July
49 Cabbage Winter Carefree Cabbage Curry 27 April
50 Avocado
+ Bitter melon
Summer, autumn    
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