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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Celeriac and Potato Mash with Kale

This post will have a little bit of mixed info. First, I joined a buying club for organic fruits and vegetables. The first of the year is a good time to eat healthier, and I happened upon this when I was dog sitting for some friends. I always try to buy my veggies organic when possible. What is nice about this is she find different veggies, like purple carrots (which is perfect for bento boxes), heirloom variety when possible, in this basket I got kohlrabi, wheat grass and a different variety of Chinese cabbage which you don't find in stores.

I got a large amount of wheat grass, some greens, bananas, mushrooms, peppers, apples, tangerines, a large tomato, huge grapefruit , lemon, red leaf lettuce, large head of Chinese cabbage (not shown she forgot to put it with this basket) and purple kohlrabi.

I used the kohlrabi and mushrooms the first night I got it. I just oven roasted them with some onions, garlic and olive oil and served it with dinner. I didn't get a photo of it all cooked up and ready to eat. I guess we were hungry.

It was so much fun to dug in and see what I got...almost like opening a Christmas gift!

The grapefruit was so large...Maranda and I spilt it for breakfast the next morning.

Three different color peppers...she says they're called yummy peppers.

I am buying heirloom tomatoes from now on...just look at how meaty it is!
Now the the second part of my post...the recipe: Celeriac and Potato Mash with Kale(or greens)
I didn't get the celeriac in the basket but I did find some at the health food store just around the corner, so it's organic too. I used the greens from the basket though.

Celeriac or celery root is such a strange looking thing. I wanted it to be more of the star of the dish, but I only had one and so it's just a partner. I did want to try it though and this was a good way to ease it into our meal.

I was trying to research some Dutch recipes because I do so many from other regions I though I should look into some from my own heritage. Now I know why I don't make a lot of Dutch food, not really my favorite, but you sure can't beat their sweets, pastries and desserts!
In my research this is what said about it:

Ask anyone from the Netherlands what they would consider the Dutchest dish of all Dutch dishes and they will probably say stamppot. This hearty vegetable mash is usually made of potatoes and/or other vegetables. It is traditionally served with a smoked pork sausage, known as rookworst, and gravy. The ultimate in comfort food!

Knolselderijstamppot (Celeriac Mash) the original recipe

My adaptation
•4 potatoes, like Idaho or russet potatoes
•1 large celeriac
•3 cloves garlic
•1 cup chopped kale (or any greens)
•3 tbsp butter
•4 oz cream cheese
•1/2 tsp celery seed
•1 tsp coriander
•1 tbsp dijon mustard
•1/4 cup milk
•sea salt and white pepper
Peel the potatoes. Peel the celeriac, using a knife to cut the thick skin away until you are left with only creamy white flesh. Cut the potatoes and celeriac into similarly sized pieces for even cooking. In a large soup pot, boil the potatoes, garlic and celeriac for 20 minutes until tender in salted water, add the greens halfway through the cooking time, or at the beginning if you like the greens softer. Drain, shake and dry with kitchen towels before mashing. Add the butter, milk, cream cheese, and mustard. Season to taste with seasoning and salt and pepper. Sir through before serving.

It was one way of getting my daughter to eat greens...just add potatoes and cheese!
Lastly...this was my week for Cultural Connections on Our Krazy Kitchen where I posted my recipe for Indian Masoor Dal. This is a day for comfort food!