Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Beet Risotto

Beet Risotto


Here's a recipe from Bill that he says is tried and true. Sounds delicious with the addition of the ginger!

2 lbs. beets
3 cups water
1 onion, small dice
1 Tbsp. ginger, peeled, smashed and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup Arborio* or long-grain rice
.5 cup dry white wine
.5 cup either local blue or goat cheese

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Wrap beets tightly in foil and roast in middle of oven until tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Unwrap beets and let stand until cool enough to handle. Discard stems and peel beets. In a blender purée half of beets with 1 cup water and transfer to saucepan, whisking in remaining 2 cups water to make beet broth.

Bring beet broth to a simmer and keep warm.

In a large heavy saucepan cook onion, ginger and garlic in butter over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is softened. Stir in rice and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add wine and cook, stirring, until absorbed. Continue simmering and adding beet broth, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and letting each addition be absorbed before adding next, until about half of broth has been added. Remove from heat once the rice is al dente and stir in the remaining chopped beets and the cheese of your choice. Parmesan can be used as well.

Tip for peeling ginger: A spoon is the easiest and most efficient way to peel ginger. Use the lip of the spoon in a downward motion. As well, slice the ginger into small pieces and smash with the heel of you knife.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Pac Choi Saute

Pac Choi Saute



1 bunch pac choi
1 bulb kohlrabi, sliced and cut into medium julienne
2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin sticks
1 bunch Ruby Streaks Mustard, rough chop
2 tbsp. ginger
2 tbsp. tamari
1 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. oil, any neutral oil works

Wash the pac choi shake excess water off.
Separate the stalks and leaves. Cut the stalk diagonally and cut the leaves across.

Heat wok or large sauté pan and add oil. When oil is ready, add ginger and toss for 30 seconds, until the ginger is aromatic. Add the pac choi, adding the stalks first, carrots and kohlrabi. Add the mustard and the pac choi leaves.

Stir in the tamari, honey, and salt and on high heat for 1 minute.

Add the water, cover the pan and simmer for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir the sesame oil in.

Chicken or shrimp can be added to this to make it a complete meal. In a separate pan, sauté the protein and cook all the way through. Add it to the pan when you add the water to the vegetable mix.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Braised Napa Cabbage

Braised Napa Cabbage



3 tsp. neutral oil, sunflower, grape seed or vegetable
1head Napa cabbage, cut into 2 inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tbsp. ginger, finely chopped
1/4 cup water
1.5 tsp. cornstarch or arrowroot
1/4 cup tamari
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tsp. rice wine vinegar

In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tsp. of the vegetable oil . When it is very hot, add half the cabbage. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes or until leaves begin to brown. Remove them from pan. Use 1 tsp. of the remaining vegetable oil to cook the remaining cabbage in the same way; remove from the pan. Add the remaining 1 tsp. vegetable oil to pan. Cook the garlic and ginger, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

In a small bowl, stir together the water and cornstarch. Stir the tamari into the pan. Add the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Return all the cabbage to pan, stirring well to coat it all over. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until the cabbage is tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in the scallions and vinegar. Grilled chicken or shrimp can be added to this to make a complete meal. Just add the pre-cooked protein to the pan when tossing cabbage with tamari mixture.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Savory Squash & Chard Pie

Savory Squash & Chard Pie



1 pkg. Frozen filo dough
2 lbs. squash puree, completely defrosted, drained through sieve
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
5 tbsp. olive oil, plus extra for brushing the filo
1 tbsp. finely chopped ginger
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, rough chop
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup walnut pieces
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bunch chard, large stems removed

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Defrost filo for about one hour prior to start.

Once the puree is completely defrosted and drained, heat oil in a large sauté pan and add onions and cook until translucent. Add puree and cook down until well incorporated and excess liquid is evaporated. Add salt, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, cilantro, pepper, raisins and walnuts and set aside. In another pan, heat some oil and add garlic. just barely cooking. Add chard and wilt. Place chard and garlic mixture in a colander and push excess liquid out.

Brush a 9 x13-inch baking dish with olive oil. Unroll the pastry sheets so that they lie flat. Lay one sheet of filo in the dish crosswise so that it covers about half of the bottom, and half of the sheet hangs over the side facing you. Brush the part that covers the bottom with olive oil. Now lay a second sheet along the right-hand side of the dish, overlapping the first sheet in the middle of the dish and overhanging the side facing you. Brush with olive oil. Repeat with 2 more sheets but this time arranges them in the dish so that they overhang the other long side of the dish (at the top). Continue in the same way until you've used 14 sheets of filo.

Line the bottom of the dish with about half of the chard, using your hands to open up the leaves and spread them out. Spoon the squash mixture on top and gently flatten with the spoon. Cover with the rest of the chard. Fold one of the filo sheets over the filling and brush with oil. Fold the sheet next to it over and brush with oil. Do the same for 2 sheets on the opposing side of the dish. Continue in this way until all of the filo is folded over the filling. Then cover with 2 more sheets of filo, brushing each one.

Put the baking dish in the oven and bake until the pastry is golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving, or let cool to room temperature.

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Pungent Green Beans and Tomatoes with Cumin, Garlic, and Ginger


[Thanks to Angelic Organics for this recipe-esg]
If you love cumin, this dish will delight you. Like many recipes from
India, this one strives to bring out maximum flavor in the spices—so it
contains both ground and whole cumin seeds, one dry-toasted and
the other cooked in oil. Serve over couscous or quinoa, with the delicious
juicy sauce sopped up by the grain. Friend of the Farm.
Serves 4
10 cloves garlic, smashed
1 piece ginger (about 1 inch long), peeled, chopped
1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, divided
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup mild-flavored vegetable oil
2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
1 whole dried red chile pepper (optional)
2 to 4 fresh tomatoes, stems removed, peeled, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 pounds green beans, cut in half (about 8 cups)
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
freshly ground black pepper
1. Put the garlic, ginger, and 1/2 cup of the stock in a blender or a
food processor; process until a smooth paste forms.
2. Place a large wok (or pot) over medium heat. When the wok is hot,
add the ground cumin and toast it just until it is fragrant. (This will take
only a few seconds—be very careful not to overtoast it, as it can burn
quickly). Immediately scrape the cumin onto a small dish and set aside.
3. Quickly wipe the wok with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove
any remaining spice. Return the wok to the heat; add the oil, let it
heat up for about 20 seconds and then add the whole cumin seeds.
After 5 seconds, add the dried chile pepper. After another 25 seconds
(30 seconds total for the seeds, with or without the chile), add the
ginger-garlic paste. Cook and stir the ingredients for 2 minutes. Stir
in the tomatoes and coriander. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
4. Add the green beans, salt, and the remaining stock. Stir the ingredients
until they come to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low.

Published in Light Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

THAI SOUP WITH GINGER AND COCONUT

THAI SOUP WITH GINGER AND COCONUT


With chicken, make a stock by simmering the chicken in a large stock pot. Cover with water, and add any vegetable parings as you prepare the vegetables. Remove the chicken after about 30 minutes. Cool and then shred the meat. Strain the broth and set aside 8 cups.
Vegetarian broth can be made from the vegetable parings. For this recipe, use some ginger, lemongrass and garlic to flavor the broth.
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 pc lemongrass, diced, or pinch of dry lemongrass powder
2 tsp red Thai curry paste, to taste
2 tsp salt
3 shallots, sliced
6 piece diakon, halved and sliced on a diagonal
2 carrots, halved and sliced on a diagonal
1 c coconut milk
8 c broth (chicken or vegetable)
2 tbsp fish sauce (or tamari for vegetarian)
1 cake tofu, drained & cubed
or
chicken from one bird
1 # pac choi, cut into shreds
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
1 lime cut in wedges
Hot sauce
Combine the garlic, ginger, lemongrass, curry paste and salt together in a small bowl to make paste. Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat and add this spice paste and the shallots. Sweat for a few minutes, and then add the coconut milk, daikon and carrots. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, add the broth, fish sauce/tamari, and tofu or chicken. Simmer until vegetables are tender, adding the pac choi at the very end. Garnish with cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Add hot sauce to taste.
You could serve this with rice or noodles, if you like.
So, as promised, here's another great greens recipe. This is a dish shared with me by Barry at the Buffalo Mt Coop in Hardwick. He was having his lunch while I was shopping. It looked so yummy he gave me a bite. The sweet flavor of the caramelized onions really shines through, and kale is especially good here. I’m sure I’ve changed it some since then, but that's the evolution of cooking!

Published in Soups and Stews
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Mini pumpkins with maple ginger apples

Mini pumpkins with maple ginger apples


4 mini pumpkins, tops sliced off and seeds scooped out. Save the tops
4 apples
1 small onion, in thin verticle slices
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
Dash red pepper flakes
Salt
Preheat oven to 350
Bake pumpkins in a baking dish with an inch of water for about 30 minutes.
Core and chop the apple. In a small skillet, heat the oil and saute the onion, garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add salt, and the red pepper if using and saute a few minutes more. Add apples and maple syrup; cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and fill each pumpkin with 1/4 of the apple mixture. Return to oven, along with the tops for 20 minutes, until pumkins are cooked through and the apples are tender.

Published in Desserts
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

BRAISED SQUASH WITH INDIAN SPICES

BRAISED SQUASH WITH INDIAN SPICES


3 # winter squash, peeled and cubed
1/4 c oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch piece fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp each cumin, coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp black mustard seeds
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt, to taste
1 c water
1 tomato, diced (frozen works great)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp garam masala (cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, black pepper blend)
Chopped cilantro for garnish, optional
Heat oil in a dutch oven and sauté onion, garlic, ginger, spices and mustard seeds. Cook until the seeds start to pop around. Add the salt, water, tomato maple syrup and squash. Simmer until squash is tender, covered for the first 15 minutes. Stir in the garam masala and cilantro, mashing the squash a bit if you’d like.
Adapted from The New American Cooking
And the kohlrabi, what to do with those big green or purple orbs? In the Farmer John's Cookbook, there's a great idea for making hash browns. Peel and shred the kohlrabi as you would potatoes. Squeeze out excess moisture in a dish towel. Combine 2 eggs, 1 diced small onion, 2 tbsp bread crumbs, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ginger powder, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. Mix in the kohlrabi. Heat a griddle with a bit of butter. Fry up patties of the mixture, until golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes per side.
You could also make fabulous mashed potatoes and kohlrabi. Oh, and add some sautéed leeks, too. Yum!

Published in Hearty Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Shroom, Daikon and Carrot Stir Fry

Shroom, Daikon and Carrot Stir Fry


2 TB Peanut Oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
4 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 medium Daikon, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
1/4 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 TB water
3 TB soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
2 tsp maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon hot chili oil, or more to taste (optional)

Heat oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add the onion and carrot; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the Daikon and mushrooms; stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the water and continue to stir-fry until all the water has evaporated. Add the soy sauce, ginger, syrup and chili oil. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds. Transfer to a warm bowl and serve.

This stir-fry can be easily adapted for a main meal by adding tofu or meat (ground pork or chicken come to mind). Begin by heating 1 to 2 TB of oil in the pan. Stir-fry tofu or meat for 2 to 4 minutes (until desired doneness), then remove and reserve. Add the meat/tofu back in just before the soy sauce and syrup.

Published in Light Sides
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Winter Squash Flan

Winter Squash Flan


This recipe sounds like the perfect brunch dish. Serves 6.

3 c squash puree
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 c milk
1/4 c flour
1/3 c cornmeal
2 Tbsp butter
5 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 medium onion, cut into medium thick slices
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 c toasted nuts
2 oz crumbled cheese, blue, cheddar, as you like

Preheat oven 400.

Saute onion slices in butter with ginger and a dash of salt. Cook gently until nicely caramelized.

Meanwhile, heat milk in a medium sauce pan, whisk in the flour and cornmeal and 1 Tbsp butter. Continue stirring until thickened. Remove from heat. Cool a bit, then gradually whisk in the eggs. Stir in the squash, maple, 1/2 tsp salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Whisk together until silky smooth with no lumps, or process with a stick blender or food processor.

Butter a large, shallow baking dish. Gently stir the cheese and nuts into the squash mixture. Pour into the baking dish and scatter the onions on top.

Bake 10 minutes at 400, then lower heat to 350 and bake another 40-45 minutes, until golden and slightly puffed. Serve warm or hot.

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