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Old 07-28-2006, 07:26 PM   #1
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Forgotten Veg

Well those who know me know i love threads like this! it makes you think of things that you wouldnt have thought of before..

So my question today... What do you think is an underused Veg. I mean we all go out to eat and we see Carrot Broc. Peas Etc..

So lets list of some other veggies that will maybe make us think the next time we go to make something!

For me its the
Turnip
Parsnip
Cerleric

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Old 07-28-2006, 07:31 PM   #2
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edit to add: Lets also state the over used veggies I think ive listed a few

Oh Something else i miss silver skin onions *sigh*
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Old 07-28-2006, 07:38 PM   #3
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As I was reading this thread I had one in mind, but you mentioned it already Jen. It is Celery Root. Man I love that stuff, but most non-foodie types have no idea what it is.
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i love it mashed buttered raw mmmmm
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Old 07-28-2006, 07:47 PM   #5
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I like it just about any way you can think of. A favorite of mine is roasted with other root veggies like parsnip, sweet potato, and others. Sprinkle some herbs in there with some olive oil and salt. Oh and don't forget the garlic. I am getting hungry.
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How about broccolini (a.k.a. Aspiration), a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale.

I like eggplant, especially the Japanese variety, marinated and grilled.
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Over Used? Squash of any sort.
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:45 PM   #8
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What do you think is an underused Veg. I mean we all go out to eat and we see Carrot Broc. Peas Etc..
Well who else to ask but me???

Salsify.
Kohlrabi.
Mooli radish.
Artichokes.
Snap peas or mangetouts.
Beetroot.
Marrow/pumpkin/squash...

Salsify is definitely a strange thingie. So subtle, so elusive - and hardly even known.
Kohlrabi I discovered about a year ago when one of the wise guys in the Farmers Market said " OI! Professer! Get a load o this!"
and put a kilo of kohlrabi in my bag.
Mooli radish. Those huge, long, white radishes so popular in Oriental food, yet frequently overlooked as a peppery alternative for salad dishes.
Artichokes. I think they might actually be my favourite vegetable at the moment. The more Italian recipes I see, the more I like them.
Snap peas. Two seconds stirfried in some real Chinese peanut oil, a little sea salt, oh glory...
Beetroot. Unfortunately, a much maligned source of colour and sweetness! Peel and zap one in the blender with a dose of fresh orange juice. MMMM! Make some spicy curry with tomatoes and tamarind. All I ever seem to see is pickled beetroot and Borscht.
Marrow/Pumpkin/Squash. I feel we've got into a rut with these. Pumpkin Pie, Baked Marrow, Roasted Squash - - time for some wild and wonderful thoughts! How about Marrow and Ginger Ice cream, anyone? Mix some pumpkin with earthy spices and lentils.Make some Squash Balls ( HA!) with chickpea flour and yoghurt - gently fry and serve with a yoghurt/dill sauce.
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How about Brussels sprouts? They're actually good if cooked right. I like to steam them until just fork tender, then devil them with butter and Dijon mustard.
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daikon radish !
jicama
fennel root
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