Journey Forth

16 November, 2008


Filed under: Family,Food,Life,Random,The Good Life,Thoughts,Vegetables — by Karen @ 10:08 am


Salsify, a root vegetable, looks like a long, thin parsnip with a creamy white flesh and a thick skin. It belongs to the dandelion family and has the most pretty flower. It is also known as the oyster vegetable because it has an oyster taste when cooked. Like most root vegetables, it can be boiled, mashed and used in soups and stews. If the skin is removed prior to boiling, the peeled root should be immediately immersed in water mixed with lemon juice to prevent discolouring.It contains potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, sodium, and vitamins A, B1, E and C. It also contains the glycoside inulin, which consists of fructose, and so it is particularly suitable for diabetics. It is available from October to January.

My favourite salsify recipe is: Spicy Roots.

3 parsnips , peeled and trimmed
3 carrots , peeled and trimmed
1-2 salsify (about 250g)
½ lemon
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
25g butter
2 peeled garlic cloves
some fresh marjoram leaves or flat-leaf parsley

1. Cut the parsnips and carrots into lozenges of about the same size. Peel the salsify under cold running water and rub with the cut lemon at the same time. Cut off the woody core and slice into similar sized lozenges.
2. Sprinkle the parsnips with curry powder, and the carrots and salsify with 5-spice. Heat a large pan with the oil, then toss in the vegetables. After a minute, add the butter and garlic, season and continue to cook, stirring often, for up to 10 mins. If the vegetables start to colour too much, stir in 2-3 tbsp water to stop them burning. Toss through the marjoram leaves, allow to wilt then serve. Try serving this alongside lamb or robust game. 

Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serve: 4 – 6 people

Recipe by Gordon Ramsay


1 Comment »

  1. Sorry, I bumped you. Great site !

    Comment by Maureen — 25 November, 2008 @ 6:26 am |Reply

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