Vegetables can play a starring role in a
recipe or they may be combined with other ingredients in a harmony of
flavors. Some of the best vegetable soups are examples of well-tuned
mixtures - minestrone, for instance, is a blend of onions, carrots,
tomatoes and cabbage; or a good old-fashioned vegetable soup brings
together simple ingredients such as carrots, turnips and leeks. These,
and many others, are loved for the sum of their parts rather than for
the taste of individual vegetables.
The great thing about cooking with
vegetables is, however, that once you have got the hang of using them, a
recipe becomes unnecessary. You will discover how you most enjoy
carrots, asparagus or less-common vegetables and will learn to
experiment them in your own way.