Huge sigh of relief here about last night's "ball drop". Enough said about that, I'm exhausted from dwelling on it.
On to more FOOD! Thanks everyone for the tips on rutabagas and turnips, they were a success! I made a crock pot style root veggie stew, but put just enough meat in there to calm the family down :)
Potatoes, Turnips, Rutabagas, Carrots, Onions, Celery - YUM!
Lesson learned - look for small turnips! The ones they had at the commissary were huge and very woody, but the few small ones were very good and I snacked on them raw as I was preparing dinner. The rutabagas added nice color. At first I was skeptical when I saw they resembled sweet potatoes (I do NOT like sweet potatoes, unless made into fries with sea salt, and even then...) but they didn't taste like sweet potatoes. The kids tried them all, since it's hard to tell them apart after cooking, LOL!
I am now hopping on the rutabaga & turnip train! I would have added parsnip too but there weren't any at the store. What's next? Conquering rhubarb?!
Your stew looks sooo good! Too bad my kids are not into cooked veggies... We do love rhubarb though and I was so disappointed that all 3 rhubarb plants didn't survive our extremely soggy spring. :-( Gotta buy new ones to plant a.s.a.p.ReplyDelete
Don't forget there are always BEETS to conquer, too!! (Hee-hee.)ReplyDelete
I am impatiently waiting for rhubarb. But I love the sweet-sour thing that rhubarb lends any baked good.ReplyDelete
My children are all huge fans of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques and they were more than willing to eat "Deeper than ever turnip and tater and beetroot pie". It was a great success and a good way to introduce them to veggies they may otherwise not want to try. If your boys haven't checked out Redwall I encourage you to do so. There was even an animated cartoon of some of the books (originally on PBS but now available on YouTube). Having a Redwall Feast has been great for getting my kiddos to try new things.ReplyDelete
Looks tasty to me! I'm hoping to have room for turnips and rutabagas this year. I can generally get my family to eat just about anything if I add it to chicken stew.ReplyDelete
I've planted turnips, for the first time, this year. Mr. Granny says he won't eat them, but I do like them, so I'll grow them for me.ReplyDelete
I miss my rhubarb that I had at my previous house. Every year I'm tempted to get a plant started here, but never had just the right spot for it. Now I do, so there's no excuse not to get one! We love rhubarb pie (do the regular fruit, sugar, flour, cinnamon thing, then stir in a beaten egg, which tempers the bitterness completely!), rhubarb crisp, rhubarb upside down cake (with marshmallows and strawberry jello!).
I love a good stew and that one sure looks good. We have rhubarb but we don't usually do much more than a pie or cake with it. Unfortunately I can't make a pie crust to save my life so I either have to buy the pie crust which I don't really like the taste of or make due with my husband's very tough crusts. I think I'll make sure to pick my rhubarb when it's young and freeze it for cakes.ReplyDelete
I've been growing turnips a few years now and they're one of our faves. I do make sure I don't let them get too big. Not so yummy then.ReplyDelete
Mama Pea, beets, schmeets.... :)ReplyDelete
to all the rhubarb junkies - I admit I'm looking forward to being in a climate it grows well in, I'm sure I'll be able to like it, it sure is beautiful!