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Hutchinson's PURE Maple Gastrique recipe

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We didn't have any maple syrup available through add ons until recently, and Hutchinson's who does the maple syrup also does 5 flavours of infused maple syrup.  We have the gastrique, which is subtly infused with apple cider vinegar and ginger.  It's great as a salad dressing, and goes excellent in cabbage salads.  It is not meant to be used for cooking, more like a final sauce or dressing (I know this because I tried to use it to cook veggies in and was a bit disappointed.  Then I did my glazed carrot & parsnip recipe as normal and added the gastrique as a final touch, and was more impressed!).

Leanne at Hutchinson's called yesterday to share this recipe with us, so here it is:

This is a new recipe from Dave Smart from Front and Central restaurant using gastrique in a granola. I loved it.

Sweet Granola

1 cup walnuts- crushed with the flat of a knife and chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup PURE gastrique
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup apricots diced- I used Terra Beata dried cranberries from Lunenburg
1/4 cup fresh ginger grated
1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
Pre heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. spread mixture onto a baking sheet, spreading mixture in an even layer. Bake, stirring and re- spreading mixture into an even layer very 5 minutes, until granola is light golden brown, about 15 minutes. When granola is cooked turn onto another baking sheet to stop cooking. Cool to room temperature. Break up granola and store in an air tight container.



Kick off the New Year with healthy fermentation!

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I have to admit that I am no expert when it comes to fermentation... In the past, I have bought delicious kimchi and sauerkraut at the farmer's market (From Mercedes Brian, Pickled Pink Traditional Food and Drink), rather than making it myself.  However, inspired by multiple sources telling me how simple it is, my New Year's resolution this year is to start making my own ferments. 

It's hugely centered on health for me.  I'm not the biggest fan of sauerkraut or kimchi, but I LOVE the way they make me feel when I consume them regularly.  I can save $60 spent on a bottle of probiotics, and keep my gut flora healthy with the cabbage that comes in my CSA share.  So, I figure... Why not?

January is greeted by many of us with health resolutions, so much that we in the produce world actually see spikes in demand for things like kale, beets, carrots, et cetera due to a large number of people starting juice fasts or cleanses.  Unfortunately, January in Nova Scotia is not the most abundant time of year to be putting copious amounts of green veggies through the juicer... Fresh greens like kale and spinach can be pretty hard to come by.  Cabbage, however, is definitely still abundant, and especially healthy when traditionally fermented to make it packed with probiotics.  (and don't get me wrong, juicing is great... I just don't have a juicer, and I have more interest in kraut and kimchi for the moment!)

For now I've been starting to delve into the process, and have made one batch of kimchi that is not ready yet, but starting to smell pretty darn good last night when I checked it!  Next I may invest in some equipment to make things easier.  Amy got this crock on the left for Christmas and I am jealous!

This is the link to the recipe I used for batch #1: Simple Kimchi from The Kitchn

A member passed along this one, that I am going to attempt Sunday:

Kimchi Recipe
K. Black – March 2013

Ingredients (for 1 large Napa cabbage)
1 head Napa cabbage (large)
Coarse sea salt
2 T fish sauce
2-3 green onions, chopped
1 small white onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2-3 T white sugar
1 T ground ginger
6-8 T Korean chile powder (vary this depending on how hot you want it)
Plastic gloves (disposable or dish gloves set aside for this purpose)

Directions
1. Cut the cabbage in quarters lengthwise.  Remove any wilted leaves from the outer layer and trim the ends.  Place on a tray or in a large bowl and generously sprinkle coarse sea salt onto the cut faces of the cabbage.  Use your hands to rub the salt in to the leaves (and spaces between the leaves).  Leave the cabbage to sit at room temperature for about 6 hours.


2. Rinse the salt from the cabbage leaves, drain, and squeeze out any excess liquid.  Cut the cabbage quarters into 2 inch sections and place them in a large bowl (e.g. plastic or stainless steel, but not aluminum).  Some people use an airtight container, but I don’t.  I prefer to use a large bowl and then cover with plastic wrap so that the wrap touches the cabbage.  I then put a weight on the top to help seal out air (sort of borrowed from older sauerkraut recipes).

3. Stir in the fish sauce, green onions, white onion, garlic, sugar and ginger.


4. Put on the plastic gloves (do not skip this as your hands sting like crazy if you don’t).  Sprinkle the Korean chile powder over the cabbage.  Use your hands to rub the chile powder into the cabbage leaves until evenly coated.  Vary the amount to suit your taste; my mix usually ends up quite red in color and is quite spicy.


5. Seal the bowl/container and set in a cool dry place.  Leave undisturbed for 4 days.  This can’t go in the fridge, but somewhere a bit cooler is good.


6. Refrigerate before serving.  Usually at this point packing into glass jars is a good idea to make storage easier.  The kimchi will last about a month refrigerated.  As it gets older, it may taste less fresh when eaten as is, but is still great for stir-fry or soups.

 

 I would LOVE if you have recipes to share (teri@taprootfarms.ca).  Amy's photo above is the batch she has on the go, and the ingredients.  In the absence of daikon radish, she uses kohlrabi, because it's readily available at the moment.  She did like I did, and subbed dried cayenne peppers for the Korean chile powder. 

Happy Fermenting!

We'll have lots of Napa Cabbage this week at the Hammonds Plains Farmer's Market, on special this week for $0.99/lb!




Cabbage Galette

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Still have a cabbage in your fridge? Meet... the Cabbage Galette!

Warning: Butter butter butter! This is not a low-calorie use for your cabbage.

 

When I'm feeling fancy or savoury or buttery (as one does on these cool autumn days), my new favourite solution is the galette: a fabulous, French, free-form pie. I actually made two this weekend (which took care of more than half a pound of butter), both adapted from the blog and cookbook Smitten Kitchen. Original at: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/10/cabbage-and-mushroom-galette/

 

Cabbage and Mushroom Galette (a la Greta and Smitten Kitchen)

 

For the pastry

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into

pieces

1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 cup cold water

 

For the filling

2 tablespoons butter

1 large onion, or leek finely diced

4 - 8 ounces of mushrooms (I used about half a pound of creminis)

6 cups thinly sliced cabbage or 4 cups cabbage plus 2 cups other greens, such as beet, chard, or kale

salt and pepper

1 hard-cooked egg, chopped

1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt

herbs of choice (parsley, sage, tarragon, thyme...)

optional: a cup of mild grated cheddar (everything is better with cheese!)

4-6 strips of bacon, cut into small pieces (see rationale for cheese, above)

 

1. Make pastry: In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the butter and using a pastry blender, cut it in until the mixture resembles coarse meal (if you are without pastry blender, as I was mash with fork as best you can). With your fingertips, mix in the liquid (sour cream, lemon juice and water) until large lumps form. Pat the lumps into a ball; do not overwork the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

 

2. Prepare the filling: Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, and herbs (and bacon, if using) and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the cabbage, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook slowly until the cabbage is tender, 15 to 20 minutes, turning it occasionally. Add more liquid. When tender, uncover and raise the heat to evaporate any excess moisture. The mixture should be fairly dry. Stir in the egg and sour cream (and cheese, if using). Taste for salt and pepper.

3. Assemble galette: Preheat the oven to 400» F. Roll the dough into a large thin circle and set it on the back of a sheet pan or cookie sheet. The edges will hang over the sides. Add the filling, making a mound 7 to 8 inches across, then fold the edges over and brush with the melted butter. Pour any extra butter into the vegetables. Bake until browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

 

4. Impress everyone with your cultured tastes and buttery, flaky crust. Enjoy!

 



Bok Choy Salad - From Glennis

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I wanted to share this recipe with the folks at Taproot Farms.  I have eaten Bok Choy every which way but this recipe we ate tonight was sooooo good I had to share it.  Here it is;

 

BOK CHOY SALAD

 
1 bunch of Bok Choy
1 medium Leek
1 bunch of Green Onion
3 cloves of Garlic.
Chop & assemble then set aside.
 
Saute in a pan
2 tbsp oil
2 pks. of Ramen Noodles crushed (any brand really)
1/2 c slivered Almonds
This will be crunchy.
 
Dressing.
1/2 c Oil
1/3 c Sugar
1/4 c Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tbsp Soya sauce
Boil for 1 min. then let cool.
 
Stir & pour over assembled Salad just before serving.