Thursday, January 26, 2012
How to prepare turnips:
Slice off the ends, like you would with an onion
Cut into 1-2 inch cubes
place in a 1 1/2 to 2 quart microwaveable bowl
Add just a little water, maybe a half cup or so
nuke on high for about 5 minutes, then check them by seeing if a fork easily penetrates the cube; this will take longer or less time, depending on the amount of turnips you're cooking
When done, drain the water, or at least most of it
Add a 'sprinkling' of sugar, but not too much. You don't want to sweeten them, you merely want to take away the bitter edge turnips sometimes have
Add butter/margerine, or whatever you use for that, and salt & pepper
That's it. You'll love 'em, or you'll hate 'em, but I'm betting you'll love 'em. If you want a simple meal, whip up a pan of cornbread and bake it in a cast iron skillet. When you cook your cornbread in a cast iron skillet, put a little oil in the skillet (I use olive oil for just about everything), then put the pan in the oven while the oven is preheating. If you'll let your pan heat for at leat 10 minutes before adding the cornbread batter, you'll get a nice, crisp bottom crust, and the entire round of cornbread will easily slide out of the pan onto a serving plate; and assuming you have a well seasoned skillet, all the cleaning it will need is a quick swipe with a paper towel. Do all this, and you've got yourself a nice little southern meal right there, I tell you what (sorry, I have Hank Hill on the brain right now).
I'm still spending lots of time at Pinterest, mostly at night before I go to bed. A neighbor's birthday was yesterday, so I made her this coffee cake, then topped it with a glaze from this recipe. The recipe for the cake is enough to make two 8 x 8 coffee cakes. Whatever was I supposed to do with the second cake?? I could have frozen it, I suppose....but Studley and I had much more fun eating it. Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture, but I baked one in my one-and-only 8 x 8 pan, and the other in my 9 1/2" cast iron skillet. Just as I do when cooking cornbread, I let the skillet get sizzling hot in the oven before I poured in the cake batter. After it was out of the oven and cooled a bit, I slid a spatula around it to loosen the edges of the cake from the edge of the pan, then placed a plate over the skillet and flipped it over. Of course, this put the top of the cake facing down. I then flipped it over again onto another plate, and voila', it stayed intact. I poured the cooked glaze over it, and once the glaze had cooled a bit, I had a very pretty cake for sending over to my neighbors. I let Studley take it over, since it was raining cats & dogs at the time. He's so handy at times like that. He even volunteered to do it. All I had to do was lament, "how ever will I get that cake next door in all this rain?", followed by a big sigh. Next thing I knew, he was heading out the front door, a cake in one hand, and an umbrella in the other. I'm a blessed woman, I am.
Among the greens we received, there was a batch of one kind that I didn't recognize. They looked similar to the turnip greens, but one side of the leaves were green, and the other sides were a sort of burgundy color. Plus, I think they were a bit more oblong shaped than the turnip greens which were slightly more rounded. Come to think of it, the leaves were more pointed and narrower than the turnip greens. While some types of kale have a purplish color, I do know these aren't kale. Anyone have a clue what they are? I forgot to take a picture of them, and have already cleaned them and packed them away. I'll send out two of my handknit dishcloths to the first one to comment (with a continental US address, please) who can correctly identify them for me. In the unlikely event that two of you comment at the same time on the clock, I'll send you each two dishcloths. You'll have to give me a day or two to get more knit in the event of their being two winners; and yes, I realize that constitutes about 98% of my readers. ;-) Meanwhile, I'll give my friend a call this week to see what the greens are, so I'll know who got it right.
You guys have a great week, and remember, try and do something to bless someone today!