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Celeriac Recipes from Windy Hill Farm

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We visited our friends Alyson and Will at Windy Hill Farm in New Brunswick on the weekend... They have a 20-week CSA and so I looked through some of her newsletters for some recipes to share with you this week, here's a couple for celeriac, coming in this week's veggie share:

 

Celeriac and Apple Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

  • 4 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled celeriac

  • 3 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled cored apples (from about 2 medium)

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large)

  • 4 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup chopped chives

  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil

  • Pinch of salt

  • 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (Italian bacon) or bacon

Preparation

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add celeriac, apples, and onion. Cook until apples and some of celeriac are translucent (do not brown), stirring often, about 15 minutes. Add 4 cups broth. Cover and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer covered until celeriac and apples are soft, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth, adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls to thin to desired consistency. Return soup to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated.

Puree chives, grapeseed oil, and pinch of salt in blender until smooth.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange pancetta or bacon slices in single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Roast until browned and crispy, about 18 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Crumble pancetta. DO AHEAD: Chive oil and pancetta can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Rewarm soup over medium heat. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle pancetta or bacon crumbles over each serving. Drizzle each bowl with chive oil.

 

Celeriac and Potato Mash

  • 2 lbs celeriac, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces (about 4 ½ cups)
  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾ inch pieces (about 4 ½ cups)
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • ¼ cream or milk
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika for garnish (optional)

Place celeriac, potatoes and pinch of salt in a pot and barely cover with water. Bring to a boil and then simmer till vegetables are fork-tender (15-20 minutes). Drain, reserving one cup of the water. Return vegetables to pot and leave on medium heat for 1-2 minutes to dry them a bit. Remove pot from heat and add butter. Mash with potato masher, adding cream (milk) and as much of the reserved cooking water as you need to obtain a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with paprika to garnish.

From: “The Earthbound Cook”



All about Sunchokes

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Originally posted 14 May 2013, reposted 21 April 2014

Sunchokes/Jerusalem Artichokes
This photo is of our Jerusalem Artichokes last year in the field, which turned out to be a very nice hedge at the side of our salad mix patch.  If you've never used them before, you're in for a treat and something really truly different.  They are, as they look, in the sunflower family, and they have a fantastic crunch and a nutty sunflower flavour.  You can, but need not peel them, just scrub them to get the dirt off (which should come as a relief as most of them are pretty gnarly!).


In my previous job in Calgary, I often recommended Sunchokes as an alternative to potatoes for those watching their blood sugar levels or on restrictive diets or clenses.  Sunchokes contain the carbohydrate inulin instead of starch, which is a type of dietary fibre known as fructan that the human body has a limited ability to process.  Unlike potatoes-- which are considered high on the glycemic index-- the inulin in sunchokes does not cause an insulin response in the body or raise triglycerides (Of course, please do your own research to see if it is right for you if you are on a restricted diet). 


Regardless of all this, they are delicious little nuggets and I hope you find a way to enjoy them!  The first time I had them I over-roasted them, which was a big mistake: They get bitter and have a soggy textured when overcooked.  Once I was ready to attempt cooking them again I used a recipe and had much better luck.  I have heard that they can be hard to digest for some, who recommend fully cooking them (like in the soup recipe below).  I am including a recipe that is basically how I most often prepare them, as well as links to a few others that I think look interesting:

RECIPE: Sauteed Sunchokes
Ingredients:
1 lb sunchokes/jerusalem artichoke
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions:
1 Scrub or peel artichokes.
2 Slice each artichoke to 1/4 inch thick slices.
3 In a Wok or frying pan, heat olive oil and butter on medium-high heat.
4 Add sliced artichokes, garlic, salt, pepper and parsley; stir well to coat artichokes.
5 Stir-fry for about 4 minutes, stirring often.
6 Do not overcook artichokes, they should be slightly crunchy.
7 Serve immediately.

Check out a couple of other recipes that might inspire you:
Cream of Sunchoke Soup(We tried this one last fall with much success; I highly recommend it!)
Sunny Sunchoke Salad



My weekend bacon adventures...

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Each Sunday, I take most of the day to prepare and revel in the amazing farm products that we are fortunate enough to have at our disposal.  Jon and I get an entree veggie share from the farm, as well as a 1/2 dozen eggs each week, and a meat share every second week.

Yesterday I was excited to try the new nitrate free bacon.  It looks a lot different than the regular bacon we have been getting from the farm: for one thing, this batch was really fatty.  It was actually difficult to separate the bacon pieces, despite having thawed them, and my hands were all covered in greasy bacon fat in the process.  I took this as a sign to cook the bacon really slowly and carefully (I tend to overcook bacon at the best of times).  I cooked it on med-low for about 20-25 minutes, until it was looking brown and delicious-->

Then, after removing the bacon from the pan, I made sure to rescue all that precious fat.  Those who know me well know my love of bacon, and that my secret to most culinary endeavours is-- vegetarians beware-- bacon fat!  Now I have almost a full 250 ml jar of bacon fat, which I used already to make maple bacon roasted sweet potatoes, and to help brown last night's quail.  So, I paired my new nitrate-free bacon with TapRoot Eggs, a breakfast salad of sprouts, pea shoots, and grape tomatoes, roasted potatoes and sweet potatoes, Just Us coffee and Foxhill milk.  Moments like these make me so thankful we do what we do! 

MMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!



Rabbit Recipe from Michelle

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I find the rabbit a little daunting to tackle but the recipe was a success for sure. I just tied a bunch of fresh herbs together for the "bouquet" garni and used cream cheese instead of creme fraishe. It sounds a bit hoity toity but was easy and tasty. Just wanted to share in case anyone else was intimidated by the rabbit like I was. http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Rabbit-Cooked-with-Dijon-Mustard

Thanks! Michelle