Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Gingered Squash and Apple Soup

Gingered Squash and Apple Soup


6 servings

3 C squash puree
3 Tbsp butter
2 onions, diced
1 lb apples, peeled & diced
salt & pepper to taste
pinch red pepper flakes
5 c vegetable broth
1/2 c dry white wine
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 Tbsp fresh minced cilantro
cream or creme fraiche, optional

Saute onions in butter for 5 minutes, add apples with a pinch of salt and saute another 15 minutes. Add the squash, broth, wine, ginger and pepper to taste and simmer 15 minutes. Puree until smooth; adjust salt & pepper to taste. Stir in a bit of cream if you like, or garnish with a dollop of creme fraiche. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

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

Stir-fried Kohlrabi and Mushrooms

Stir-fried Kohlrabi and Mushrooms


Serves 4 as a side.

1 TB cooking oil
1 small onion, or several shallots, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced, stems removed
1 lb. kohlrabi, peeled and cut into thin, matchstick slices
1 TB water
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 tsp cider or rice vinegar
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tsp dried ginger or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped ginger

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add onion and garlic (and fresh ginger, if using) and cook stirring frequently for about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, continue cooking another minute or two. Add kohlrabi and cook for three minutes, stirring frequently. Add the water, soy, sesame oil, vinegar, pepper and dried ginger. Cover, reduce heat slightly and cook at a high simmer for about 5 minutes, until kohlrabi is crisp tender.

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

Soy Dipping Sauce

For Dipping Sauce:


1/4 cup soy sauce
1 TB cider or rice vinegar
1 TB dark sesame oil
1 TB toasted sesame seeds
1 TB honey
1 large clove minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp peeled and grated ginger
2 TB minced shallots

Preheat oven to 200F. In a food processor, process the tofu, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, flour and soymilk or water, until smooth. Add more liquid if the batter is too thick. It should be easily spoonable. Mix in cilantro, chopped fermented vegetables and cayenne. Heat oils in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon batter into pan, about 3 TB of batter for each pancake. Cook until browned on one side, about 3 to 4 minutes. Then flip and repeat. Place cooked pancakes in a pan in preheated oven while you finish with the rest of the batter.

Mix all ingredients for dipping sauce in a small bowl. Toss the sprouts with 1/4 cup of the dipping sauce and arrange on platter. Place tofu pancakes atop the sprouts and serve with extra dipping sauce on the side.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Tandoori Lamb

Tandoori Lamb


The marinade for this lamb is taken from Classic Indian Cooking, by Julie Sahni. In the book, it's actually used in a recipe for tandoori chicken. Serves 4.

2 large cloves garlic
1 TB chopped fresh ginger
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp red pepper
1 TB paprika
1/3 cup plain yogurt

6 lamb shoulder chops
salt and pepper to taste

Combine first 7 ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Spread marinade over lamb chops. Place chops in a ziplock bag, along with any extra marinade. Seal and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.

Remove bag from fridge about 1/2 hour before you are ready to place the chops on a pre-heated grill. Before cooking, remove excess sauce from chops and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat until desired doneness, about 4-6 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Asian Chicken Cabbage Rolls

Asian Chicken Cabbage Rolls


Here's a recipe I found on a Canadian Poultry Marketing Board website.  I've changed it around a bit already, but  feel free to substitute ground pork or turkey or crumbled tofu for the chicken. Makes 6 servings
1 head napa cabbage
1 # ground chicken
1 tbsp oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced chives
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 c sliced mushrooms
pinch red pepper flakes
3/4 c cooked rice
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 egg, beaten
Heat oil in a skillet and add garlic, ginger, mushrooms, and chives.  Saute until liquid evaporates.  Add chicken and red pepper flakes.  Cook until no longer pink, breaking it up into crumbles with a spoon.  Stir in soy sauce and rice.  Remove from heat, mix in egg.
Meanwhile, dunk napa into a large pot of boiling water just to wilt it, then rinse in cold water.  Remove about 12 individual leaves and blot dry.  Place a scoop of filling in the stalk end, then roll up.  You don't have to worry too much about tucking in the ends.  Place rolls in a steamer and steam about 10 minutes, until tender.  Do this in a couple batches.  Serve with a sauce made up of soy sauce, ginger, chives, garlic, maple sugar and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Panfried Tofu with Sesame Cress Raab

Panfried Tofu with Sesame Cress Raab


Here's a terrific sounding tofu and raab recipe adapted from the Gourmet Cookbook edited by Ruth Reichl. Feel free to mix in other greens, such as mizuna, mustard, etc. Serves 2 as a main course, easily doubles.

1 TB sesame seeds
2 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 glove garlic minced
1/4 c orange juice
2 TB soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 block tofu
2 1/2 TB oil
1 bunch cress raab, coarsely chopped
2 tsp honey

Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet until golden brown. Set aside.

Combine ginger, garlic, orange juice, soy sauce and sesame oil in a sauce pan. Simmer gently for 1 minute.

Place tofu on a clean towel, cover with another, and press gently but firmly to remove excess moisture. Cut into 1/2 inch thick slices along the short end. Heat 1 TB oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Brown tofu on both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Heat remaining 1 1/2 TB oil in same skillet add cress raab and honey, saute until cress is crisp tender, tossing frequently.

Transfer cress raab to plates, arrange tofu slices on top, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Published in Lunch
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Stir-Fried Spring Vegetables

Stir-Fried Spring Vegetables


This is based on a recipe from “A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen” by Jack Bishop. It is one of my vegetarian friend's favorite cookbooks. Serve over white rice or cooked barley. Serves 4.

3/4 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
2 cups boiling water
4 medium scallions, all but the dark green parts, thinly sliced
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 TB ginger root, minced
1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
3 TB soy sauce
2 TB rice vinegar
2 tsp cornstarch
3 TB cooking oil
5 oz fresh shiitake or oyster mushrooms, sliced
1/4 tsp salt
1 large (or 2 small) head pac choi, chopped
3 medium parsnips (about 12 ounces), peeled, quartered, cored, and cut into 3/4” dice
3 medium carrots (about 8 ounces), peeled and sliced
2 TB minced fresh cilantro leaves

Place the dried mushrooms in a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Let soak 15 minutes. Finely chop the mushroom caps (discard the stems), and add to a bowl along with the scallions, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes. Pour the soaking liquid through a strainer lined with a paper towel into a measuring cup. Whisk the soy sauce, rice vinegar and cornstarch into the strained liquid until smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoons of the oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add the fresh mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned, about 6 minutes. Scrape the mushrooms into a bowl.

Add another tablespoon of oil to the hot pan and sauté the choi until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Remove and reserve with the mushrooms.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the empty pan. Add the parsnips and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in the rehydrated mushroom mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until aromatic, about 1 minute.

Add the soy sauce mixture to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the root vegetables are tender but not mushy, 6 to 8 minutes. Return the browned mushrooms to the pan and cook just until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in the cilantro, adjust the seasonings, adding salt to taste and serve.

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

Thai CSA Noodles

Thai CSA Noodles


This is Nancy's favorite go to recipe for a spring and summer CSA share. Although, this recipe calls for Napa cabbage, you could easily use spinach, broccoli, kale and/or chard instead. The adults in our family like to add an extra hot chili, the kids prefer just the mild kick one chili provides. Serves 6.

1 lb. pork sausage, plain or breakfast
1 lb. spaghetti or linguini
2 tsp sunflower oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic scapes chopped fine, or 3 garlic cloves minced
1 hot pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped, or 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 head Napa cabbage, sliced in thin ribbons
3 TB fish sauce
2 TB soy sauce
1 TB green curry paste
2 TB dry sherry
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
juice of 1/2 a lime
1 cup basil, julienned
1 cup cilantro, optional
1 cup scallions, thinly sliced

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil while you fry the crumbled sausage in a large, heavy-bottomed pan or wok over medium-high heat. When sausage is fully cooked drain meat and reserve. Add pasta to the boiling water. Heat oil in the heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and chili. Saute, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes. Add Napa cabbage. Cook, tossing frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until cabbage just begins to wilt. Add fish sauce, soy, sherry, curry paste, ginger, pepper and reserved sausage. Toss to combine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lime juice, basil, scallions and cilantro (if using). Drain pasta, reserving up to 1 cup of the cooking water. Toss the sausage and veggies with drained pasta, adding a bit of the reserved water, if necessary.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Beef and Pac Choi Wontons

Beef and Pac Choi Wontons


These wontons would also be good with tofu instead of beef. But, be sure to weigh down the tofu wrapped in a (paper) towel for about 30 minutes before chopping it up, to squeeze out any excess moisture. Serves 6-8.

6 TB soy sauce
1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1/4 cup rice vinegar
3 TB honey
1/2lb lean ground beef
1 cup finely chopped pac choi
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 12-ounce package wonton wrappers
2 TB oriental sesame oil

Blend 4 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/4 cup ginger, vinegar and honey in small bowl.
Combine beef (or tofu) and next 6 ingredients in medium bowl. Mix in remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 teaspoons ginger. Place several wrappers on work surface; brush edges lightly with water. Place heaping 1 teaspoon beef filling in center of each. Fold wrappers diagonally in half, pressing edges to seal. Place wontons on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.

Preheat oven to 250°F. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat; add 1/4 of wontons. Fry until wontons are golden and filling is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to baking sheet; keep warm in oven. Repeat frying with remaining wontons, using 1/2 tablespoon oil per batch. Serve wontons with sauce.

Published in Dinner
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Kimchi

Kimchi


If you didn't grab an Edible Green Mountains, here's the kimchi recipe from the fall edition. There's lots more explanation in the magazine, though. Makes 2 quarts.

3 hot chili peppers, such as Thai bird, serrano or jalapeno, or more to taste
4-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped, or more to taste
6 garlic cloves, chopped, or more to taste
2 pounds Napa, Savoy or green cabbage, center core removed and very thinly sliced
1 daikon radish or 2 to 3 black Spanish radishes, thinly sliced (red radishes work, too)
3 leeks, thinly sliced crosswise
4 large carrots, thinly sliced crosswise
1 celery root, peeled, quartered and thinly sliced (You can use the kohlrabi from the share!)
8 tsp fine sea salt or pickling salt

Using a food processor or mortar and pestle, make a paste of the chili peppers, ginger and garlic.

Toss together the cabbage, radish, leeks, carrots, and celery root (kohlrabi) in a large container, layering it with the salt and spicy paste. Use your hands to mix it all up, rubbing the paste into the veggies; then wash your hands immediately.

Using the blunt end of a meat hammer, rolling pin or other similar tool, pound the mixture to release the vegetable juices. You will know that you have pounded enough when you can push the veggies down with your hand and they are covered by the released brine.

Pack your vegetables into wide-mouth quart mason jars. You must really push to pack the veggies down tight, allowing the brine to rise to the top. You want the brine to rise up about 1/2 inch above the veggies to allow for some evaporation during fermentation. Find something that will hold the veggies down under the brine. Weight down with a jar filled with water.

Leave your jars on the counter out of the sun. Fermentation usually takes about a week, but you can begin testing your veggies after 3 or 4 days. If any mold forms on the brine, just scoop it out and continue fermenting. Once fermentation is complete, remove the water jar and cover, screw on the jar lid and place in your refrigerator, where it will keep at least until next summer.

Published in Salads
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