And Parsnip Puree
large leeks (thinly sliced)
large parsnips (peeled and chopped)
tablespoons chives (chopped)
tbsp of crème fraîche
g (2 oz) butter
and pepper to taste
thinly sliced leek and chopped parsnips in a pan of boiling salted
water until tender.
- Drain well, place in a blender
or food processor and process until smooth.
- Return puree to pan, add
chopped chives, butter, and salt and pepper, to
taste. Cook until the puree is well heated through.
- Remove from heat, stir in
crème fraîche and cook over medium
heat for 2 minutes. Adjust seasoning if desired.
Fabulous as filling for omelets, crepes and baked vegetables, great as
dip or use as pasta sauce.
Fraîche is the number one cook's ingredient in the cream
family. It comes from a strictly controlled area of Normandy and has
the rich, luscious flavour that the area is famous for. The Normans
like diminished flavour of cream from pasteurized milk, so they created
their very special way of adding a culture to the cream and allowed it
to mature and develop the faintly acidic flavour that was lost in
The beauty of this wonderful invention is wonderful creamy flavour,
longer shelf life, and it never curdles and separates when boiled.
Onions are best chopped by hand, food processors will change their
and texture. Onions lose flavour very quickly, so chop them just before
using. If peeling and chopping onions makes you teary-eyed, try to hold
the onions under cold water as you peel them and rinse the onions in
water then chop. You could also try to place them in the freezer for 20
minutes before peeling. When peeling a pearl onions, soak them for a
or two in boiling water, then rinse under cold water. The skins will
slip off easily.
smell of onions on your hands bothers you, try rubbing your hands with
a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar or roll fresh lavender flowers
the fingers. If you want to clear your breath, eat some mint, celery
or a sprig of parsley.
|BUYING & STORING: Choose onions that are firm, have a crisp, dry skin and no
that feel light for their size may already have started to rot inside.
Store onions in a cool, dry well ventilated and dark place.