The usual maple glazed roasted carrots were not on the menu this week. Instead, it was the favourite carrot-based smoothie with apple, orange, banana, mango, ginger, and kale with some added chia and flaxmeal. It was quite good!
We chop up all of the root veggies (this time we used turnip, potatoes
and carrots) and cook them for 45 mins in a casserole dish (covered
with foil) with a half cup of chicken stock, garlic, pepper, and
whatever other spices we want.. Then we brown the sausage coil, cut it
up into reasonable pieces and finish cooking that in the oven for
another 25 mins after the first 45 mins is up.
Lyle and Laura are CSA members and Lyle sells at the Hammonds Plains Market, next to the TapRoot/Noggins table! We love what he does with our veggies and Noggins fruit!
Pan seared digby scallops flambed with Madiera Wine placed inside an Easter spring vegetable salad nest of Julienne ( thin matchstick slices) of Taproot Farms Carrot, Celery root, cucumber, apple, in a creamy organic yogurt dressing. Drizzled with Local Haskap Berry Vinaigrette.
Just wanted to thank you for including the link to the sunchoke soup recipe. I topped the bowls with pancetta and finely chopped nuts and seeds.
Looking forward to also trying soup with celeriac and apple. This CSA journey is a real adventure!
Originally posted 14 May 2013, reposted 21 April 2014
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
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
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