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Great Vegetable Challenge 22 Jul 2008
Charlotte Hume
One mother's struggle to get her child to eat his veg

Charlotte Hume struggled to get her children to eat their vegetables. Each mealtime would generate into a scene of coaxing and cajoling her seven year son to eat his five a day. So Charlotte decided to start a blog and with it the Great Big Vegetable Challenge was born. She and Freddie ended the stalemate by working through the alphabet letter by letter to find ways of introducing him to new vegetables. They join Jenni along with fruit and veg expert Greg Wallace with some ideas on how you can learn to love your greens.
Great Big Veg Challenge: How to Get Your Children Eating Vegetables Happily by Charlotte Hume, is published by Vermilion ISBN-13: 978-0091923594

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Broccoli Pesto
2 heads of broccoli
50 g (2 oz ) pine nuts

1 clove of garlic, chopped
A handful of fresh basil leaves
A handful of fresh coriander leaves
50 g (2 oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 tbsp olive oil
A pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Follow the packet instructions to cook the pasta of your choice.
2 Remove the tough stalk from the broccoli and break the head into florets.
Place them in a pan of salted boiling water for about 3 minutes. Drain.
3 Put the broccoli in the bowl of a food processor or hand-blender, along with
the pine nuts, garlic, basil, coriander and grated Parmesan. Blend until smooth,
drizzling in the olive oil, little by little. Season with a little salt and pepper,
if preferred.
4 Add the broccoli pesto to the cooked and drained pasta, while it is still hot
from cooking. Stir until the pasta is well-coated and serve.
Tip: Choose broccoli which has tightly-packed florets. They should be a deep-green
colour without any signs of yellowing.
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