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Monday, May 12, 2008

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Just off the turnip truck

Not really, but just out of my Dad's garden. My Dad gave me a turnip and I have been looking at recipes. I think I have figured out how I want to cook it. I want to get a garden going myself, but haven't done it yet.

Turnip Recipe

2 pounds fresh turnips
1 fresh apple (optional)
2 or 3 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

First peel the turnips with a vegetable peeler. Peel the apple too if you like, but it isn't necessary, unless he skin is really ugly. Chop or slice the turnips, (and the apple) into the chunks the right size for eating. Fill a big pot half full of water. Add the turnips, apple (if you're using it), the margarine, sugar and salt and pepper as you like. Cover the pot and simmer on the back of the stove for about 20 minutes, or until the turnip chunks are tender to your preference. Serve hot. Serves six.

Note: The secret to this recipe is the apple.

The sugar, by itself makes the turnips better than usual, but the apple flavor gently caresses each chunk of turnip, changing its flavor subtly, but with powerful results.

Fred didn't know they were turnips the first time he tried them. He thought they were fancy potatoes. I've put leftovers from this recipe into beef stew and confirmed turnip haters were unable to recognize them. <- that was from the recipe not from me. I don't even know Fred ;-)

Quote: It was a symbol of plenty to the German people of old. A group of tourists from Germany explained the tradition to me, saying that the people believed if they had turnips planted or stockpiled after the harvest then they had no fears of going hungry, and it was thus a sign of good luck. - Mary Rankin

1 Comments:

At 6/06/2008 1:27 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'll try the turnip recipe. I use to know Fred (he was my uncle), but he died. I'll make the turnips for my family, but I'll tell them it is rutabaga, and that will make them really like it. Yum, yum!

 

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