Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Anchovy Sauce

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Appears in
What to Eat Now (Spring & Summer)

By Valentine Warner

Published 2009

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I eat tonnes of purple sprouting broccoli and rejoice when the first bunches appear near the end of March. Don’t pick off the leaves, as I have occasionally witnessed, as this is odd behaviour.


  • 600 g purple sprouting broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon dried chile flakes
  • a good slug of e


To make the sauce, pour the milk into a large saucepan. Peel the garlic and add the whole cloves to the pan along with the rosemary sprig. Bring to the boil - making sure the saucepan is large enough to allow the milk to boil without bubbling over the sides; I find boiled-over milk one of the greatest kitchen inconveniences. Turn down the heat and simmer very gently for around 30-40 minutes, or