16 June 2011

vegetable observations

Beets look like something out of Harry Potter's herbology class at Hogwarts. Like those terrible mandrakes. Anyone with me? Nerds? No one?

And then we have Jerusalem artichokes, or sunchokes, which for some really uncomfortable reason remind me of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Everytime I look at these knobby tubers, I see that ugly old man baby.

After these observations, is it very disturbing of me to say that I am really liking both of these veggies? We made really tasty veggie burgers and a beet-pear-avocado carpaccio using the beets and, despite being a very recent beet convert, I was somehow introduced last weekend as "This is Christine... she really likes beets". The sunchokes are divine when eaten hot off the grill- slice them, wrap them in foil with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and a clove of garlic. They are so good if you can get yourself to stop thinking about little Ben Button when you eat them.

(My post on the delights of a Swiss Chard Quiche is up on From Scratch Club today. Check it.)

1 comment:

  1. that is so freaky! you are very perceptive, christine...

    beets=mandrakes.

    but i will continue to enjoy them, as long as beets dont start making that awful shrieking sound when we pull them out of the ground :)

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