At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.
Our calendar for May is a picture of spring vegetables (carrots, turnips, scallions) grated with the blade of my paring knife, rinsed, and ready to be steamed. The next chapter of their life will then be spent (briefly) on the plate, in the company of a soft-boiled egg and a thin stream of my best finishing oil, or coated in this simple tahini sauce, with a side of pita bread.
Bonus tip to go with this month’s desktop calendar: the young, spring versions of the carrot and the turnip don’t keep quite as long as the more mature ones, and if you’re not expedient about using them, they can go limp and unappealing. Don’t toss them! Just place them in a bowl with fresh water and a few ice cubes, put the whole thing in the fridge, and give it a few hours: the vegetables will perk right up. (It works with radishes, too.)
Instructions to get your calendar are below.