I cooked this incredibly simple dish for comedian and self-confessed veg-dodger Ross Noble, in answer to his challenge: “can you make vegetables edible?” I’m pleased to say, it won him over! The recipe can easily be customized to whichever roots and greens you have to hand.


Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Put the potatoes, carrots, parsnip or swede, apples and onion into a large roasting tray. Add the garlic, bashed spices, some salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Stir well. Roast in the oven for about 50 minutes, until everything is completely tender and starting to colour, giving the veg a good stir about halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile, tear the kale leaves off the stalks, ripping the leaves into large pieces as you go. Put these into a large bowl, add another 1 tablespoon oil and some salt and pepper and mix well with your hands so all the kale leaves are coated with oil and seasoning.

Add the kale to the tray of cooked veg, arranging it in a layer on top of the veg and return to the oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. Serve straight away. This is delicious with a simple raw slaw made with shredded cabbage and grated carrot, and dressed with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper – and a few toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds sprinkled over, if you like.

Kids in the Kitchen

Lots of quick wins for the kids here, including peeling and bashing the garlic, measuring the oil, ripping the kale leaves off the stalks, tearing the leaves into big pieces and grinding the pepper and salt.