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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:53 pm

If celery itself is “too outspoken”, just watched Raymond Blanc make celeriac purée in a Saturday Kitchen clip

I like mashed or puréed celeriac, and I prefer it as straight celeriac not muddled with potato

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Seatallan » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:13 pm

I use celery alot. I always include it (finely diced) in bolognaise and in chillis and I curry it frequently too. I also think its lovely chunked up in stews and casseroles.

Like braised celery and braised fennel. I have a Nigel Slater recipe in which he includes blue cheese and it's smashing especially with pork or sausages.
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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby jeral » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:17 pm

Celeriac puree sounds very R. Blanc, where everything is "passed" and smoothed to the nth degree. I'd love to see his face, or Michel Roux Jnr's, if presented with that good old standard, lumpy porridge. I'm sure steam would come out of their ears :lol:

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Hickybank » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:37 pm

Stokey Sue wrote:If celery itself is “too outspoken”, just watched Raymond Blanc make celeriac purée in a Saturday Kitchen clip

I like mashed or puréed celeriac, and I prefer it as straight celeriac not muddled with potato


Celeriac & Potato soup is to die for
From The Good Houskeeping recipe a day cookbook ( my favourite cookbook)
30 ml Oil, 175 Onion chopped, 1 Clove Garlic, 450g each Celeriac & Potato chopped 2 pints Veg stock, 1 pint Milk, 1/2 pint double cream, 120gt grated Parmesan, plus toasted Parmesan
Onion & Garlic saut15ml Lemon juice,S&Pe'd in Butter Celeriac & Potato in equal portions Veg stock & Bouquet garni simmer 20 mins, liquidize back in pan add milk & D cream Lemon juice simmer 10 mins
Put a Tbls Parmesan in bowl pour over soup sprinkle with toasted Parmesan

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Amyw » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:43 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a bouquet garni in a recipe !!

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby cherrytree » Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:47 pm

I’ve probably said this before in which case I apologise. If I have any celery left that is looking tired or generally past it’s best, then I cut it into small bits and freeze it. It is so useful when a recipe needs celery and only a small amount.

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby karadekoolaid » Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:07 pm

I love celery - but then there´s not a single vegetable I don´t like !
The thing is it´s a bit limited I suppose. You either eat it raw or braised, and that´s about it. The rest of the time it´s an add-on ingredient in other dishes.
I use it in a mirepoix, but not for French food (which I never cook) but as the base for a tomato sauce, which is then used to make pasta è fagioli. I use it in Chinese - style stir frys. I love to roast it, along with onions, carrots and other root veg, for a delicious soup.. It´s also remarkably good with blue cheese and freshly cooked beetroot.

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Lusciouslush » Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:44 pm

And then there's Lovage which I love & use a lot over potatoes & in salads in summer, a few sprigs tucked into a pork joint for roasting/braising adds a surprising amount of flavour. Have not got around to making soup out of it yet which sounds good.

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Hickybank » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:11 pm

Lusciouslush wrote:And then there's Lovage which I love & use a lot over potatoes & in salads in summer, a few sprigs tucked into a pork joint for roasting/braising adds a surprising amount of flavour. Have not got around to making soup out of it yet which sounds good.

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From my Ann Bonar herb book (recommended)
Lovage soup
900 ml stock
1 medium Onion
25g Butter
25g Flour
2 Dessertspoons chopped Lovage
Grated Nutmeg croutons
single Cream
S&P
Fry Onion till soft, add Lovage. cook 2 minutes, stir in Flour, stir in stock gradually, bring to a simmer, season to taste & add Nutmeg simmer 10/15 mins, stir in single Cream,serve with Croutons.

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Seatallan » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:52 pm

I adore lovage. We had some in our previous garden and it was one of the first things I planted in our current garden when we moved. I use tons of it in the summer with tomatos in salads and similar. That recipe looks wonderful Hicky. I often make lovage & potato soup too. :yum
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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Badger's Mate » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:38 pm

I grow celeriac and lovage. My go-to celeriac soup recipe is loosely based on a Mary Berry one, basically potato & leek with celeriac. I've also grown 'leaf celery' this year, excellent in soups and salads but doesn't heart up.

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Re: Surprisingly good side dish

Postby Pepper Pig » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:53 pm

Yes, I grow lovage too. I love the smell as much as anything else.

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