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Simple Butternut Squash Soup

1 Butternut Squash, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes

1 Onion, diced

2 Celery Ribs, diced

3 Garlic cloves, chopped

1 Tbs Coconut Oil

1 can Coconut Milk

1 cup Water

1 Tbs Harissa

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Cinnamon, Cumin, Coriander, to taste

Heat coconut oil and saute onion and celery till softened, about 7 minutes.  Add garlic and saute another minute being careful not to brown the veggies.  Add squash, water, coconut milk, harissa, spices, and salt to taste.  Simmer about 15 minutes till squash is very soft.  Puree till smooth.  Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

2 or 3 Japanese Eggplants, chopped into 1″ pieces

3 Garlic Cloves, sliced

3/4 cup Water

1 Tbs Corn Starch

1 Tbs Tamari (or more to taste)

Black Pepper

2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Add eggplant and saute till beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.

Mix together water, tamari, garlic, black pepper to taste, and corn starch.  Add mixture to eggplant and stir to evenly coat.

Cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until eggplant is fully tender.   Season to taste with more black pepper and tamari if needed.

Roasted Butternut Miso Soup

Butternut Miso Soup

I have Deborah Madison’s Vegetable Literacy home from the library at the moment.  There is a recipe for “Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk, Miso and Lime.”  that looks delicious.  I had several of the key ingredients around here, but improvised to such an extent that I can’t say I’ve actually made the recipe.  So here is my simple, rainy Saturday take on butternut squash soup.  Perhaps next weekend I’ll make the real deal.

2 Tbs Sesame Oil

1 medium Butternut Squash, roasted and peeled

1 Onion, chopped

1 inch Ginger, chopped

1 15oz can Coconut Milk

+/- 1 cup water

1 Tbs Harissa (or to taste)

1/2 lemon, juice only

2 Tbs Miso

Chives or other herb to garnish

Roast the butternut squash according to your favorite method.  This step can be done a day or two ahead if its convenient.

Heat the sesame oil over medium heat.  Saute the onion and ginger until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the cooked butternut squash and coconut milk until well mixed.  Stir in water until desired consistency, about 1 cup.  Add harissa paste to taste.  Allow soup to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Blend soup until very smooth.    Mix the lemon juice and miso together then stir into the soup.    Allow to cool slightly then top with a green garnish of your choice before serving.

 

Fennel Radish Salad

My friend Sue taught me to maFennel Radish Saladke a version of this salad a few years ago in Portland. Its one of my favorite spring salads and is the first thing I think to make when I see fennel at the market.

1 decent sized bulb of Fennel, sliced very thinly, plus fronds for garnish
1 bunch Radishes, sliced very thinly
1 lemon, zested + juiced
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (The best you have. I love Central Texas Olive Ranch.)
Flaky Sea Salt, to taste
fresh ground Black Pepper, to taste

Combine fennel, radishes, and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Whisk together lemon juice, a pinch of salt, pepper and olive oil. Pour over veggies and let rest 30 minutes or more. Adjust salt to taste and garnish with a few fennel fronds.

Summer Squash Risotto

I suppose I have a risotto for all seasons. This one is just right for a cool, rainy spring evening in Austin; comforting but bright and summery. The base is sweet onions just harvested from my garden. Pulling 50 beautiful little onions out of the dirt is a great way to celebrate the end of another semester. Cooking up recipes full of them is a great way to celebrate being on vacation.


2 Tbs Butter
1 cup Sweet Onion [Texas 1015 or the like, chopped]
4 Garlic Cloves [minced]
2 medium Summer Squash [mixed colors, grated]
1/2 cup White Wine
4 cups Vegetable Broth
1 cup Arborio Rice
Lemon Zest from 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped Flat Leaf Parsley + Basil
Salt to Taste

Heat vegetable broth and keep at a low simmer.

Melt butter in a large shallow sauce pan over medium low heat. Saute sweet onion till translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic + summer squash. Season with salt, depending on how salty your veggie broth is. Cook for a few minutes more, until the squash just begins to soften. Add rice + toast for a minute. Add wine + stir. After all liquid is absorbed, add about a half cup of vegetable broth. Stir frequently until liquid is absorbed. Repeat until all broth has been added and rice is tender and mixture is creamy. Stir in basil + parsley. Serve in shallow bowls garnished with plenty of lemon zest.

Serves 4 as a substantial side.

Tangy Citrus Slaw


1 small head Green Cabbage [sliced very thinly]
3 small carrots [grated]
1 Orange [segmented, then juiced]
1 Grapefruit [segmented, then juiced]

Dressing:
4 Tbs Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Orange + Grapefruit Juice [from segmenting 1 each]
2 Tbs Rice Vinegar [seasoned]
1 Tbs Honey
Salt to Taste

Whisk all dressing ingredients together + mix with veggies + fruit in a large bowl. Allow to marinate half an hour+ then serve.

Ginger Curry Scramble

3 large Collard Green Leaves [center ribs removed, chopped]
1 Garlic Clove [grated]
1/2 tsp Ginger Root [fresh, grated]
1/4 cup Red Onion [chopped finely]
1/2 tsp Sweet Curry Powder
3 Eggs [free range, well beaten with 1 Tbs water]
1 Tbs Safflower Oil
Sea Salt
Smoked Hot Paprika or Cayenne Pepper

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic + ginger till fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add collard greens. Saute until just tender + bright green, about 5 minutes. Add curry powder + stir. Add eggs + stir frequently until just cooked. Season with sea salt + serve with a dash of hot paprika.

Sweet Potato Salad

4 small Sweet Potatoes [skin on, chopped, about 5 cups]
3 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes [skin on, chopped, about 3 cups]
2 Pickling Cucumbers [chopped]
3 small Leeks [sliced, about 2 cups]
1/2 cup Mustard Sprouts*

Dressing:
1 tsp Water
very generous pinch Sea Salt
3 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
1.5 Tbs Honey
1/3 cup Canola Oil [non-GMO]
freshly ground Black Pepper

Steam chopped potatoes + sweet potatoes in separate batches until just tender, 10 – 15 minutes.  Be careful not to over cook so the skin does not separate from the rest of the tuber.  Allow to cool.

Dissolve salt in water + vinegar. Whisk in honey + oil + season with pepper. Combine all sweet potatoes, potatoes, cucumbers + leeks in a large bow + toss with dressing. Gently stir in the mustard sprouts.  Can be made ahead + great the next day.

* Mustard sprouts are a delicious little spicy sprout that tastes just like, you guessed it, mustard. To grow at home, simple sprinkle a layer of seeds on top of a small pot of soil + water. Cover with a damp paper towel until the sprouts emerge, then give them a pinch of water a couple times daily until they are about 2 inches tall, about 5 days. You can find mustard seeds for mere pennies in the bulk spice section of good grocery stores like Whole Foods or a local Co-op.  You could always whisk a tablespoon of Dijon or whole grain mustard into this dressing if you don’t have sprouts on hand.

* Inspired by my favorite sweet potato salad from Moosewood Cooks at Home.

Cashew Okra

2 cups Okra [no longer than 2″, ends trimmed]
2 Garlic Cloves [sliced thinly]
1/4 cup Cashews [raw, unsalted]
1.5 tsp Soy Sauce
2 tsp Rice Vinegar [seasoned]

Heat a bit of oil in a small pan over medium heat. Saute okra for about 3 minutes, until bright green. Add sliced garlic, soy sauce + rice vinegar + cook for a minute more until sauce thickens slightly. Stir in cashews + serve

Panzanella


3″ Baguette [day old, sliced into 1/8″ slices]

Salad:
1 pint Cherry Tomatoes [cut in half]
1 Armenian Cucumber [sliced, or two other thin cucumbers]
1/4 cup Red Onion [sliced thinly]
handful Basil Leaves [fresh, torn]
1-1/2 cups Navy Beans [cooked]

Dressing:
generous pinch Sea Salt
1 tsp warm water
2 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
black pepper [to taste]

Arrange slices of baguette on a cutting board in a single layer. Allow to dry out for several hours. Break bread slices into 1″ pieces + set aside.

Dissolve sea salt in water + vinegar in a small bowl. Whisk in oil + season with pepper. Toss dressing over the vegetables + beans in a medium bowl. Gently mix in bread. Serve immediately.

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