Tuesday, October 14, 2008

adventures in cooking dinner

I hereby declare the yam the most intractable of vegetables.

Although to be honest I didn't even dare face the turnip. I just stuck it in the refrigerator.

20 comments:

Kim Kasch said...

I know a lot of people love sweet potatoes and yams - I've just never been a fan - until Burgerville's Sweet Potato Fries. I know it sounds weird and I tried them on a fluke but YUM...

Cakespy said...

I only like yams when they are smothered in sugar, milk, cinnamon and otherwise not recognizable as yams.

ggwritespoetry said...

I love yams... they are soooo delicious. But I've never tried cooking them. I just eat them. The one intractable vegetable for me because I can't seem to make it taste better is cabbage. Unless I put it caldo, and that does taste delisioso.

Kerry said...

i'm impressed that you even HAVE a turnip in the fridge.

Charles Gramlich said...

LOL

Whirlochre said...

I like feeding yams to doorstep sellers — usually overarm.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

You sounded like you were about to get all Ogden Nash-y there!
I've never met a yam, though I have had a passing acquaintance with a sweet potato - does that perhaps count...? And we just won't talk about that other vegetable at all!

EJ McKenna. said...

Have you discovered Swedes? Not the lovely people (who are by all accounts lovely) but the slightly turnipy tuber. Green on top, purple on the bottom and yellowy white on the inside. Here's the kicker - it absorbs just about any other flavour in the pot. On its own it's meh, but in spag bol, soups, stews etc, it's a groovy little addition.

I know, we're supposed to talk about books but I couldn't resist. If you don't cope well with tubers, don't visit New Zealand. Every dish we ate had kumara on it (white, which quickly turns grey on the plate). They add onion to just about everything as well.

Can you tell I'm on deadline and I'm really just procrastinating???? :-D

JES said...

Visiting the Editorial Ass homepage and scrolling down -- reading this post's title and that of the previous one -- a casual visitor might wonder if s/he'd landed on the home page of the Borgias.

:)

moonrat said...

EJ--this is officially the first time I've ever heard the nickname "spag bol" and I fully intend on using it everyday from now on. even if it means eating spaghetti everyday.

also, no one ever said we had to talk about books here. although that seems to be a popular preconception floating around the internet.

Anonymous said...

Turnips are the biker dudes of the vegetable world. A little scary, a little tough and in a world unto themselves.

Anonymous said...

Here in 'Bama, I leave the turnips alone and go for the greens. Mmmm. And Sweet Tater pie is yummy.

Kristi said...

Is a yam a sweet potato? I'm never sure. If it is, bake it like a regular potato (microwave, oven, grill, however), and top with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. What's not to like?

mary beth said...

Turnips are delicious cooked correctly. Boil-steam them with butter according to Julia Child's indespensible "The Way to Cook." I like rutabagas (Hmm,SP?) and turnips cooked together this way. Also parsnips mashed with heavy cream. "The Way to Cook" is the best basic cookbook I've ever seen.

moonrat said...

it's not that yams (and turnips) aren't delicious. it's just that this one tried to kill me when i tried to chop it into pieces.

Alexis said...

probably best that you stay out of the kitchen unless there is curry or a baked good involved.

i want a mojito.

moonrat said...

it was totally a curry!!!!

but mojito seems sensible. oh yes, i recall now. i just had one. perhaps some wine now.

EJ McKenna. said...

:-D
Moonrat, I can't believe you haven't heard of "spag bol" before. I'm so pleased to extend your vernacular.

Australians love to shorten everything. Brisbane is "Brizzy" and Australia is "Oz" and Melbourne is "Melbin".
An Exposition is an "Expo" and in Brizzy it's the "Ekka".

Everything is short and sweet, except if your name is John, at which point everyone will call you "Johnno" (or Shags if you're a hit with the ladies).

I'm only too happy to build a language bridge between our fair countries :-D

moonrat said...

A fine and admirable service you're doing!

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