Sometimes you just need to sneak it in there so kids will eat it and you feel good about dinner.
Equal parts Parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast and almond meal. Butter and olive oil. They were never the wiser.
I always look forward to that day in spring when I get to eat fiddleheads. Usually it’s only once a year. Maybe from an honor system stand by the side of the road- or this year in my CSA box from Enterprise Farm.
Sautéed with oil, garlic and salt they are delicious, this year I added crumbled bacon and tons of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Then tossed them with quinoa, artichoke hearts and sunflower seeds.
It was really a meal in itself , but the lamb burgers we grilled went really well. Happy Spring!
I attended a workshop on fermentation of winter storage crops last weekend and I’m diving in with both feet. What a fantastic and simple way to preserve the root vegetables, cabbage and winter greens you might be tired of eating right about now. I’m already a convert to the health benefits of eating and drinking (Kombucha) fermented foods with all their healthy probiotics. I recommend reading about it more if you are new to the idea. Kimchi is of course the most famous fermented vegetable condiment and you can also just be making these for the taste.
Now that I’ve made this whole grain champagne Dijon, I will be trying to make all different flavors. Not to mention that a $2.69 bag of mustard seeds makes about $50 bucks worth of gourmet mustard. I used just brown seeds and you can find them at Indian markets or finer grocery stores. I made a big batch so I could give some away too. You will need a large mouth glass jar and your stick blender.
1 cup Champagne or dry sparkling
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup whole brown mustard seeds
1 generous teaspoon of sea salt
Put everything in your jar and let sit in a dark corner for 3 days. Then blend with your stick blender for about 7-10 minutes. You want the seeds to be just flecks and the mixture to emulsify. You’ll never buy mustard again. Keep refrigerated for months, but it will lose some of its punch over time so enjoy right away.
Three Bean KaIe and Turnip Beef Chili.
I know you all probably don’t need another chili recipe, but this all day simmered stew was very popular with the girls. The turnips and kale blend in and are inoffensive after all that simmering. They are the two CSA vegetables that tend to languish in the drawer the longest, I needed to use them up. Really the secret I wanted to share was instead of using a chili powder I used ground cumin and unsweetened cocoa, then a touch of liquid smoke. My kids won’t eat anything remotely spicy and I’m quite the opposite. This mole-like spice combo gives it that chili depth of flavor. Grown ups can add hot sauce to taste. I served it over organic barley for a change of pace.
There are not many things left I haven’t tried making into a slaw. This one dressed with a Sherry Vinaigrette. This combo would be great accompanying Thanksgiving leftovers. Even for the event itself for some fresh raw crunch. I could imagine adding some roasted chestnuts for a hardier dish.
2 Fennel bulbs
1 small organic cabbage
2 Asian Pears (round lite brown)
– Slice the fennel and cabbage on a mandolin or very finely with a knife.
– peal and grate the pears.
Mix up Sherry Vinaigrette in a separate bowl with a whisk until emulsified and then stir all together. Make as much dressing as you like, my amounts are in descending order.
– Sherry Vinegar
– Olive oil
– Salt and Pepper
– Diced Shallot
– Diced fresh garlic
I was trying to think of something different to do with the sugar pumpkin that came in my Enterprise Farm CSA. This chowder worked out really well! I made it vegan but stock would give it some extra depth.
-Roast the seeded pumpkin in half at 400* until soft. Skin side up. Don’t discard the juices that come out during baking. Do this the day before if you want.
– A couple of diced onions and a whole head of chopped garlic caramelized in olive oil in the soup pot- then about a cup of Madeira to deglaze.
– Add pealed pumpkin and about 3 cups water.
– Purée with stick blender, add Cumin, Curry, Sweet paprika and cinnamon. To taste but my amounts are in descending order. Then 1 cup Unbleached sugar, salt and Pepper and juice of one lemon.
– Dice about 2-3 cups of potato and simmer in soup until tender. Lastly add a bag of organic frozen sweet corn. Adjust water and salt so it’s not too thick.
Finishing with some butter and a touch of cream would be delicious, I opted to stay lite and just garnish with some whole milk yogurt before serving.
I’m all about the vegetables these days, I have some great sides I’ll write up soon. Thinking of the Thanking.
Having received the best ever box of vegetables from Enterprise Farm, I was inspired to actually publish a new post.
Flame roast those peppers directly on your gas flame if you have one. About 30 seconds a side or until you get a nice char. Ummmm- be careful too, open flame and all.
Peel and slice in quarters some white yams, toss them in olive oil, S&P and roast in the oven at 400 for about 30 minutes.
Chop about 8 tomatillo and 1/2 a red onion, toss with a dash of olive oil and cider vinegar, and S&P .
Stuff the peppers with any number of delightful things. I used shredded cheddar, ground beef ( browned with onion, garlic, cumin and cayenne ) and black beans. Put the stuffed peppers in the oven for the last 10 minutes of the yams roasting. I served it with plain yogurt to counter the heat of the spice and acid of the salsa.
We also had the most delicious romaine and fennel salad with this. I really love when my weekly box of veggies come, and therein lies a complete meal.
Happy 4th of July day off .
I figure our rack of NH pork ribs aren’t that unusual, so I have for you a delicious side.
Garbanzo bean, sliced hearts of palm, grated spring turnip ( From Enterprise Farm CSA)
Big scoop of large capers
About 2 oz fresh Blue Cheese dressing from the New Boston Farmers Market.
Toss and Wow!
As you might have gathered, I’m all about easy pleasures for summer time. I just came up with this and it’s a keeper .
3/4 Wild Berry Zinger Iced Tea (4 tea bags per quart)
1/4 Red wine that has been open or doesn’t cost much.
Shot of Agave Syrup
Big squeeze of lime
Stir well- pour over ice.