We got more goodies from the garden when I noticed that our turnips were bulging up and calling out to me. This is my first time ever growing turnips, but not my last. One of my yoga students gave us a packet of seeds for these turnips, and they grew so quickly and were so delicious. I have 3 more runts in the ground and hope to plant a new row or two sometime soon.
I took those turnips and made a batch of Potato-Turnip Soup from "Vegan Italiano" - it was smooth and hearty and perfectly full of turnip-y flavor. We loved it! I haven't used that book much, but not really for any good reason. I was really happy to find this recipe, and wasn't at all surprised that it turned out exactly as described!
Meanwhile, I took ALL THOSE turnip greens and braised them with a little garlic and veggie broth. Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats, hater of all bitter greens, was most emphatically not impressed. They were definitely on the bitter side, but I enjoyed them very much and summarily ate 'em up!
Along with the soup, I made a little side dish... Our lovely friend Gil dropped by in the afternoon with a bag of enormous Chantarelle mushrooms that he had picked out in the forest. These were about 5-6 inches across. It was so generous of him to share with us! He gave me some good instructions on how to cook them up:
Wash them thoroughly. TEAR them up (don't cut, he says). Heat in a skillet with a little oil and a little lemon juice and a little salt. Once they release their juices and are boiling in the juices, drain off the liquid to a separate pan. Then, add a little onion or garlic (I used shallot) and saute til done. Meanwhile, reduce the liquids in another small pan. Then, combine the two elements when complete.
As the world's former Number One Mushroom Hater, I have to say that I really enjoyed the delicious smells of cooking up these mushrooms. But, once I tossed them over a little rotini pasta, I couldn't muster up too much enthusiasm. Ah well, turnip greens for me, mushroom pasta for Mr. VE&Ts. Luckily, nature provided something for each of us to enjoy!