Ragout of (winter) vegetables

Half veggie stew, half side-of-mixed-veg, this dish can be added to or subtracted as the fancy takes you… we’re clearing the beds of the last summer and autumn crops at the mo – hence zucchini, beans etc – but otherwise pop in some tasty cauliflower & cabbage?


Fresh from the garden: bok choy, pencil leeks, zucchini, beans, snap peas, lemons, tarragon, parsley
Recipe source: Melissa from an idea by Stephanie Alexander
Serves: 8 or 24 tastes


  • Colander
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Bowls – large, med
  • Salad spinner
  • A small saucepan
  • A medium frying pan with lid
  • Scales
  • Measures – jug, ½ cup
  • Wooden spoon
  • Serving plates

  • 1 or 2 heads of bok choy
  • A small handful pencil leeks
  • 1 or 2 zucchini
  • A handful of beans & snap peas
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup light stock (or ½ cup boiling water and a teaspoon of bouillon)
  • Small bunch French tarragon
  • Small bunch parsley
  • Flaked salt & black pepper

What to do:

  • Separate out the leaves of the bok choy and wash thoroughly to remove the dirt. Leaving small stems whole, chop the remaining stalks & leaves into large bite-sized pieces.
  • Cut the roots & the very tops from the leeks and strip back the top layer to remove any dirt. Leave whole.
  • Wash and chop the zucchini into large bite-sized pieces.
  • Wash & dry the herbs, pick from the stalks and finely chop.
  • Place the garlic cloves (in their skin) into a small saucepan and just cover with water. Bring to the boil on low-medium heat. Drain then repeat. Slip the garlic skins off & set aside.
  • Melt half the butter in the frying pan on medium heat.
  • Once frothing add the leeks and the whole cooked garlic cloves & sauté until the leeks are golden flecked.
  • Then add the 1/2 cup stock & the zucchini, the beans and snap peas and cook, covered, for about 3 minutes.
  • Uncover the pan, scatter over the bok choy pieces & cook for another minute, shaking the pan gently. Using the microplane, zest the lemon and add to the pan.
  • Should be very little liquid now, if so turn up the heat to high & continue shaking gently.
  • Add the remaining butter in cubes and the herbs and then grind over pepper and a sprinkle of salt and divide among serving bowls.

Notes: Why do we cook the garlic twice? What is bouillon? What does ragout mean? Why do we need to use French tarragon?

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