Root Vegetables with Cream and Watercress

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Appears in
A Taste of Dreams

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1976

  • About

People are often very scathing about swedes and turnips but I think that if they are well cooked and imaginatively used they can be delicious. This is a good combination which goes well with a roast joint. The clear orange, white and green appearance of the vegetables is very appetising.


  • ¾-l lb turnips (350–450 g)
  • ¾-l lb swede (


Peel both the turnip and swede and cut up into chunks. Boil in salted water for 20–30 minutes until tender. Drain and transfer to a serving dish, dot with butter and sprinkle with nutmeg and black pepper. Just before serving sprinkle the chopped watercress amongst the vegetables and stir it in a bit. Spoon the cream over the vegetables.