In the Kitchen:: Let Sit

I thought I’d share what’s in the jars this week:

First an update photo: Here’s the Apple Cider Vinegar with a new mother starting to grow. This is about 3 days in. The old mother drifted off to the bottom this time (although it has since floated back up to the top).

And here’s this week’s collection- fermenting meyer lemons (are meyer lemons really that much different better than regular lemons? Yes!), ACV, and, in the front, dairy wise we’ve got kefir, sour cream, buttermilk, and buttermilk starter.

See that crack starting there? With the whey starting to separate? That’s how I know when the kefir is ready.

Also sitting in the kitchen- a new batch of vanilla extract. These were some fresh vanilla beans- so soft, fragrant and easy to scrape.

Now we just let them sit.



Cooking from Nourishing Traditions :: Potato and Celery Root Puree

I was not expecting Potato and Celery Root Puree to be the next recipe I tried from Nourishing Traditions. However a few weeks back, feeling rather adventurous, I brought a celery root. Now I had to do something with it. But what?

Potato and Celery Root Puree (page 401) is basically glorified mashed potatoes. Sally Fallon’s recipe serves 8-10 and calls for 3 celery roots so I divided her recipe into thirds (enough for about 3 people) but otherwise followed the recipe as instructed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        First I put several potatoes in the oven to bake. Then I peeled and cut up the celery root, placing the pieces in a pot, covered them with water and brought them to a boil. It takes about 30+ minutes to cook them until tender.

Then drain.

Place about an 1/8 cup of butter in the bottom of a large bowl (I just used the pot I cooked the celery root in). When the potatoes are done scoop the flesh out of two and place on top of the butter. Add the cooked celery root and 1 small clove of garlic, peeled and mashed. Mash them together adding 1/8-1/4 cup piima cream (sour cream) until it’s the desired consistency. I left it on the chunky side but rather thick. Season with salt and pepper and maybe a really small pinch of nutmeg. Serve, or to keep warm- transfer to a buttered ovenproof dish and keep it in a warmed oven.

So how’d it come out?

Good! Celery root tastes celery but with the texture of a root vegetable. I thought it was a pleasant change from plain old mashed potatoes – kind of a special occasion/holiday side dish. For some reason prime rib came to mind.

I was the only one who tried it so I can’t tell out what the kids or husband thought – they opted for the extra baked potatoes. I will make this again and I will also be trying celery root prepared other ways-  roasted and in a raw salad are two ways that come to mind. Overall I’d say it’s a success.


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