Broccoli Adventures

When one of your farmer buddies sends you a message on a Saturday arvo “Hey there Penelope.  We have sgitloads of broccoli.  Like 2000 heads that we can’t sell.  Do you want it?” You, of course immediately go into action! Facebook post call out for volunteers.  Txt to the TAPP teacher to ask for student assistance.  BOOM.  Within hours we had a team ready to head to the farm Monday morning.

One of the wettest weekends preluded the visit so we were thrilled to see bright sunshine on Monday.  Trailer hooked up the convoy left our HQ at Burnie High for the 40 minute drive to Preston.

Why was there a field of broc available for us?

The weather.  This field wasn’t due to be ready for harvest for another two weeks but mother nature had other ideas and our peeps were the winners.

An hour later we had harvested and we headed back to our farm to sort ready for the food hub opening on Tuesday morning.

What can you do with all that broccoli?  Here are some links to totally delicious recipes.  ENJOY!

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http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/broccoli-pesto/

http://www.jaroflemons.com/baked-sweet-potatoes-w-chickpeas-broccoli-pesto/

 

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/broccoli-recipes

http://www.marthastewart.com/1011281/broccoli-recipes#874334

https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/tags/broccoli

http://www.jamieoliver.com/search/?s=broccoli

 

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Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash is also known as vegetable spaghetti, can be baked, boiled, steamed, and/or microwaved. It can be served with or without sauce, as a substitute for pasta. The seeds can be roasted, similar to pumpkin seeds.

What to do when you get a bumper spaghetti squash harvest?

Here are some links for you cooking pleasure:

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash-in-the-oven-178036

http://www.food.com/recipe/how-to-cook-spaghetti-squash-77554

http://www.marthastewart.com/873249/roasted-spaghetti-squash

http://steamykitchen.com/11285-baked-spaghetti-squash-with-garlic-and-butter.html

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Celeriac to the people!

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We have 350 of these babies to give away so head into The Farm Food Hub to pick up yours.  We have a sheet of simple recipes to take away as well but you will find links at the bottom of this post if you want to experiment!

Celeriac :

Pronounce it: sell-air-e-ak

The unsung hero of the vegetable world, knobbly, odd-shaped celeriac has a subtle, celery-like flavour, with nutty overtones. Try it as mash, in big-flavoured, slow-cook dishes, or in its classic form, and as they do in France, as a remoulade. (via http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/celeriac)

Prepare it

Using a sharp knife, top and tail the celeriac, then use a potato peeler to remove the rhino-tough skin. Expect to discard about a quarter of the celeriac by the time you’ve done this.

Store it

In the salad drawer of your fridge before use. Celeriac discolours quickly, immerse in a bowl of water, after chopping to size, with a squeeze of lemon juice or a splash of white wine vinegar added (also known as ‘acidulated water’).

Health Benefits of Celeriac (via http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/celeriac.html)

  • Celeriac is very low in calories. 100 g root holds just 42 calories, quite higher than that of leaf-celery. Its smooth flesh has some health benefiting plant-nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and dietary fiber.
  • As that in carrot and other members of Apiaceae family vegetables, celeriac too contains many poly-acetylene anti-oxidants such as falcarinol, falcarindiol, panaxydiol, and methyl-falcarindiol.
  • Several research studies from scientists at  University of Newcastle at Tyne found that these compounds possess anti-cancer properties and, thereby, may offer protection from colon cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
  • Celeriac is very good source of vitamin K. 100 g root provides about 41 µg or 34% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin-K improve bone mineralization by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. Research studies suggest that it also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
  • The root is a very good source of some of the essential minerals such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese. Phosphorus is required for cell metabolism, maintaining blood buffer system, bone and teeth formation. Copper helps restore immunity, prevents anemia, and required for bone metabolism.
  • Further, it contains some of valuable B-complex vitamins such as pyridoxine, pantothenic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin. Fresh root also provides moderate amounts of vitamin C (8 mg/100 g).

Recipe links!

http://www.sbs.com.au/food/ingredient/celeriac

http://www.bensmenu.com.au/85-200-celeriac-leek-and-potato-soup.html

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/smashed-celeriac/

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/celeriac

https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/snacks-and-sides/celeriac-gratin

http://www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/cooking/recipes/sweet-potato-celeriac-parsnip-potato-gratin/

http://www.taste.com.au/how+to/articles/537/celeriac

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