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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Help! Too many Turnips.





I've run out of ideas.



Can you help, please.
What are your favorite recipes for using turnips?  
I would love to know.  




I love growing turnips.  They make me look good as a gardener. Turnips never fail to grow well in any soil and under any weather conditions. 
They are the first vegetable I can harvest. (Radishes don't count)




I also like the cylindrical rather than round beet I am growing.  
When pickling, they are all the same size when sliced. 

You wouldn't also have a favorite family recipe for borscht would you? 

And if so, would you please be so kind and share.  

Your grateful blogging friend, 
Gina 



 





22 comments:

  1. Hi Gina! Your turnips are so beautiful! Have you thought about Korean pickled turnips? They are wonderful & summery... Here's a link to a recipe by David Chang from Momofuku in NY (a favorite restaurant of ours!)... http://www.chow.com/recipes/14236-momofuku-turnip-pickle

    Maybe this will be a good option!
    Warm regards,
    Erika

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    1. How wonderful! Thank you Erika. Pickled turnips sound great. I will give them a try. Thank you also for sharing one of your favorite restaurants. ox, Gina

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  2. I am not a huge Turnip fan...a wee bit bitter for my taste, however if you take 1/3 sweet potatoes/yams, 1/3 white potatoes and 1/3 turnips and boil and mash...and with cream and fresh butter, for whipped potatose, or for baking in casserole...very nice delicate flavors working~

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    1. Dear Mary, Had not thought of including sweet potatoes... a great idea. Thank you. ox, Gina

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  3. I love turnips. I always use them in my soups. The turnip leaves also chopped finely add flavour to the soup.

    Turnips and potatoes.. pretty much the same as Mary wrote.. but with butternut.. mashed with butter.. delicious.

    Beetroot of course you can conserve. I love that too.
    You have been busy in your veggie garden Gina.

    happy cooking and gardening.. and hope you get some good recepes
    best wishes
    val. xx

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    1. Dear Val, I will also try your recipe. We always grow a very large vegetable garden. We eat and like a lot of vegetables. There is always a lot to share with neighbors and friends, and of course, canning for the winter months. Thanks for your recipe ideas. Have not included turnips in my soups but will try next time. ox, Gina

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  4. Gina, I think that turnips are visually beautiful, and perhaps you think so too...and that's why you have them in your garden?

    In the kitchen, I only use turnips when making winter soups and stews. Such recipes are hard to contemplate in summertime.

    Perhaps you have neighbors with turnip-less gardens or a nearby farmers market or soup kitchen that would appreciate a donation of your turnip abundance.

    They really are so lovely. xo

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    1. Dear Frances, We used to have a little Farmers market. Somehow our city fathers decided that it was not a good idea (how strange). We always end up with too many vegetables of all kinds because I just can't make myself throw away good seeds when so many come in a seed package. ox, Gina

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  5. Don't have a recipe for borscht...but do have a favorite combo with beets when I have them.....crumbled blue cheese and walnuts...drizzled with a light olive oil dressing is to die for.

    Jo

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    1. Hello Grama, thank you for sending your delicious sounding beet recipe. I love blue cheese and walnuts. Interesting that your recipe does not include vinegar. That is a first. I will definitely give your recipe a try. Thank you, Gina

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  6. Hi Gina, I wish I had something to offer but I don't. I am not a wizard in the kitchen. However, I think it's very impressive to be able to grow so much of any vegetable!

    Good luck!!

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    1. Dear Georgianna, No need for you to be a wizard in the kitchen when you are a superb artist with your camera. And no need to be impressed with my gardening skills. Most vegetables grow all by themselves, if given a little sunshine and plenty of water. ox, Gina

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  7. Dear Gina - I do the same as Val and Mary, but use carrots, potato and turnip or swede. It makes creamed potato that bit more tasty - especially good when topped on a casserole meat dish in the oven with a sprinkle of cheese too.

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  8. Dear Rosemary, I had to look up "swede". A Rutabaga. Also adding carrots is a good idea because we have plenty of those. I might have to add rutabagas to my garden next year. I like your idea of adding the mashed turnip-potato-carrot mixture on top of a casserole meat dish. Thank you for all of good ideas. ox, Gina

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  9. Sorry, girlfriend. Can't help you out on this one! Enjoy the fruits (or would that be vegetables?) of your labor!!!

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  10. Hello Alycia, Not many people like turnips or grow them. They do provide wonderful greens for my chickens. Thank you for your visit.

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  11. Dear Gina,
    here is an old fashioned and simple way to serve turnips: peel,dice and cook,covered,in salted water or
    broth, add a pinch of sugar. Make a white sauce with 1 tbsp each of butter and flour to which you add
    liquid from the turnips, 1 cup or less, to desired thickness. Combine with drained turnips add some black
    pepper or parsley. Very simple..............Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, What a great idea! Why didn't I think of that. I make white sauce for all kinds of vegetables. So why didn't I think of making it for turnips. It would smooth out the strong taste of the turnip and make it quite interesting. Thank you for a great idea. ox, Gina

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  12. I'm sorry that I can't help you here, Gina — I'm famous for not cooking. My friend Sandy once opened my stove and discovered I was using it for storage!

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    1. Dear Mark, What! You don't cook? Come for a visit. We will have you cooking in no time. x, Gina

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  13. hello
    alors moi j'ai 2 recettes
    ___les ébouillantés et les faire revenir avec du piment

    ___les épluchés , ensuite les taillés en très fines rondelles et les jeter dans la friture comme des frites

    ____et pour ceux qui ont des problèmes respiratoires comme une bronchite
    faire une infusion de navets ( mais c'est pas bon au gout )
    votre récolte est superbe
    bisous
    et bonne journée
    edith (iris)

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    1. Hello Edith. Thank you for your most interesting recipes. Adding chilies is a great idea. Should make for a very different taste experience. How nice of you to come for a visit. Gina

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