More Experimental Veggies

After many helpful suggestions regarding our celeriac, we ended up making soup. Not a puree, though those recipes looked great as well, put more of a classic chunky veggie soup. It was delicious, and what with celeriac being so economical, we got another one this week (receipt up soon) and used it right away. Half of it we sliced thin to add some crunch to a veggie burger, the other half we grated in the food processor to make a slaw.

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Celeriac and Carrot Slaw

1/2 of a celeriac
1 medium carrot
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
dill
salt and pepper

Just grate the veggies, put in a big mixing bowl, add in the rest of the ingredients, along with salt, pepper and dill to taste. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Anyway, this vegetable experiment worked out so well that we decided to try another. A friend is coming over for a Mexican dinner tomorrow night and we’ve decided to try cooking nopales. They don’t sell them fresh at our coop, so we went to the supermarket by our apartment. The nopales on offer there seemed a bit limp, and not being sure what we were getting ourselves into, we decided just to buy one (22 cents!) for a test run.

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Following advice from this video, Tina de-thorned and sliced it, then scored it, spritzed it with some lime juice, and put it on the grilling skillet and baked it at 425 for about 15 minutes. It turned out tasty as well, so we’ll incorporate it into tomorrow’s dinner (along with homemade tortillas) and post in more detail then.


4 Comments on “More Experimental Veggies”

  1. I’ve never tried nopales.. I love how you are still branching out and trying new things on your budget..

  2. Shayna says:

    thank you thank you for this post! i love nopales and have always been too intimidated to bust out the culinary skills on the prickly suckers. but we just happen to have a gorgeous plant in our yard begging to be eaten. will be trying this very very soon.

    over xmas vacation in mexico i bought a juice from the juice stand at a bus station. i bought it purely because the name was so catchy: anti-diabetico. but it was so good. fresh nopales, orange juice, lime juice and honey, straight in to the blender. probably nothing really to do with diabetes but it is also on the must-make-at-home list.

    oh, and fyi: you can plant those paddles from the store. just stick one straight in the ground (or pot if yard-less). they grow like champs!

  3. tinaspins says:

    We like new things!

    And I am amazed that you can just grow them like that! Awesome.

    Just some more info on them – I’ve read that people sometimes boil them to cut down on the slime factor, but other people say that it makes them more slimy. I found that “grilling” them, albeit in a grill pan in the oven, really brought out their flavor.

    They are also common in juices. I can imagine how that would be freshing – especially with lime and honey.

  4. Danielle says:

    We usually simmer the nopales in a chile broth…like a vegetarian mole of sorts. Also good is when they’re chopped and added to salsa or cabbage salsa…mmm…home🙂


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