I tried some new recipes this week which is always fun. I made the Pomegranate Jelly and it was a disaster. Let’s just say I have Pomegranate Syrup. It tastes good though. I mixed it into some plain yogurt this morning and it was tasty, but not jammy.
I also made a Fennel Turnip Soup that was great this is the link to the original recipe. Listed below is how I altered it:
DAIRY-FREE CREAM OF TURNIP AND FENNEL SOUP
yield about 2 1/2 qt1 large turnips, peeled and diced1 fennel bulb, chopped1 large onion, chopped2 medium potatoes, chopped3 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped1/3 c brown riceolive oil8 c water2 tsp dry thymesalt and pepper to tasteParmesan cheese to top
Heat oven to 425* and get out a big roasting pan or cookie sheet.
Wash and prepare turnips and fennel, and put in baking pan with a little olive oil. Roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are golden, tender, and roasty toasty.
While vegetables roast, heat olive oil over medium-low heat in a large stockpot. Add onions and garlic, and saute, covered for 5-8 minutes. Make sure they do not burn, you just want them golden and caramelly.
Add brown rice and saute a few minutes, then add about 8 c of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, then cook for 20-25 minutes, until rice is totally tender.
Add roasted vegetables to pot, scraping out any caramelly bits from the pan into the pot (add a bit of hot liquid from the pot to the roasting pan and swish around to get out anything tasty you can’t scrape out). Let soup cook about 5 minutes to flavor through.
Using an immersion blender or blender, blend soup in batches until totally smooth and creamy, adding additional water/stock as necessary.
Return soup to pot, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat through, then serve.
I also made Banana “Ice Cream” (frozen banana’s pureed with about 2 Tbsp Almond milk) as a treat tonight and thought it would be nice to have some chocolate sauce on top. So I warmed up some coconut oil and added cocoa powder. Then after I started to pour the sauce on I realized I had just made natural Magic Shell. I was AMAZING. Next time I think I will add a sweetener to the sauce, maybe a bit of maple syrup, but all in all, we were very pleased.
In other news, our CSA box comes tomorrow. I’ll post pictures of our lovely bounty.