Sims Hill recipes and tips for using “difficult vegetables”!

We asked Sims Hill Members at our Harvest Supper to identify some ‘difficult’ vegetables – those you’re not sure what to do with, or aren’t keen on – and share ideas for different ways to prepare them. Here’s the result



  • Celeriac & potato mash:
  • French salad: well grated with a coarse grater, add mustard vinaigrette dressing
  • Grate and mix with grated carrot & grated beetroot; add vinaigrette dressing
  • Grate & mix with grated apple, raisins, walnuts & a vinaigrette dressing

Runner Beans (that are past it)

  • In tomato sauce (made by reducing down a can of chopped tomatoes)
  • Stir fry: onion & garlic, pepper, cumin & a good amount of paprika. Add potatoes (chopped in medium chunks) and then the beans. Add water, bring to the boil, then turn down & simmer till the liquid gets thick


“I like kale, but it’s very kale-y” J

  • Smoothie: kale, apple, ginger, coconut water, squeeze of lemon or lime)
  • Cheese, kale & potato pie (can also add carrot & onions)
  • Lightly fry 1 chopped onion, add couple of handfuls of kale, add a squeeze of lemon juice (you may need to add a little water); finally add one tsp pesto


  • Soup: carrot & coriander; carrot & orange
  • Honey roasted
  • Roasted with garlic olive oil & lemon juice
  • Steamed & buttered
  • Deep fried (chip shaped)
  • Grated & fried with garlic on pasta
  • With shallots, toasted sesame seeds & soy sauce
  • Steamed carrots served with lemon juice & coriander
  • Carrot & beetroot pie: grate carrots & beetroot, fry a little, mix with chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds, spread on a pastry base and bake in the oven
  • Carrot cake
  • Julienne strips; alternative shapes; Grated with beetroot & celeriac
  • Carrot Thai salad: 2 grated carrots, 2 sticks celery, 1 red pepper, handful of coriander. For the sauce: sesame oil 2 tbs, soy sauce 2 tbs, honey 1 tbs, sesame seeds, finely grated ginger, finely grated garlic, finely grated chilli (or very finely chopped)

Jersualem Artichoke

  • Artichoke & apple soup

& finally, good tip for washing leeks: Slice lengthways into four, leaving bottom third together (uncut). Washing under the cold tap then gets out all the mud in between the layers J



“Céleri-rave-fendu” by DocteurCosmos – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.