Kohlrabi Quest

Apart from the apricot I had a very macrobiotic breakfast of brown rice which I cooked with arame seaweed last night, plus 2 chopped up fresh apricots, some raisins and pumpkin seeds.  Surprisingly tasty.

I was hungry at lunch time so I went for an organic juice while I wandered round the market.

Pronounced A – sigh – ee it was delicious.

Love those mushrooms.

Popped 3 of these babies in my shopping basket.

Tried a nut roast for the first time – ok but probably won’t buy again.

This was amazing and I will have it again.  The vegan burger with hummus from Veggie Table is fabulous.  As is their Heavenly Halloumi burger which I resisted as I am trying to cut down on dairy.  The vegan burger is full of flavour, it comes with salad and salsa, the hummus is an extra addition and the bread.  Wow.  Probably my favourite roll ever.  Chewy, full of flavour and coated in seeds.  Every single mouthful was a complete pleasure. YUM!

Leftovers for supper of aduki bean and vegetable soup and braised kohlrabi.  All I had to do was pop them in the oven for half an hour and dinner was served.  It was lovely.  I out the soup in a bowl and placed the kohlrabi on top.  So good to come home to a home cooked meal 🙂

I didn’t share the kohlrabi recipe I made the other day when I made it fresh so here it is today instead.  I am on a quest to try every vegetable in Turnip and last Friday I bought my first ever kohlrabi.

A curious creature with a corm (the swollen stem of a cabbage apparently) stems and leaves.

I chopped it up in to its 3 parts

and used it to make a recipe from Sophie Grigson’s fantastic book Vegetables.

Antonio Carluccio’s Braised Kohlrabi

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 30 g caster sugar
  • 800 g kohlrabi, peeled and cut in to fingers (I used the leaves too)
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp plain white flour
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 250 ml chicken stock
  • salt and pepper

Method

Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.
Add the sugar and cook until the butter begins to turn golden brown.

Add the kohlrabi and the vinegar and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add the flour and cumin and gradually stir in the stock.

Continue cooking until the kohlrabi is cooked (mine took about 20 minutes slowly simmering with the lid on).
Season to taste and enjoy.

I really liked it and want to try it raw as apparently it is lovely raw as long as you buy a small one.  So today I did just that.  I chose the smallest one in the shop and as a size comparison put it next to a tea light.  I find them slightly strange but also curiously lovely to look at.

I am thinking of a kohlrabi coleslaw.  Watch this space 🙂

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Kohlrabi Quest

  1. laura1952 says:

    I don’t know where you find these veggies. They are probably in abundance downtown Toronto at The St. Lawrence Market, but there is a place I haven’t gotten to in decades…literally. I envy your journey.

  2. Irina says:

    I absolutely love kohlrabi, I just cut it up in slices and munch on them as they are, they are just so crunchy and juicy. It is also great in coleslaw and with a dollop of mayo, even though that is quite a sinful option :). It looks nice braised but in all years of eating kohlrabi I’ve never tried it cooked! Maybe I should 🙂

    • I definitely preferred it raw to cooked. I would have added mayo to make coleslaw but we had mayo style dressing on the prawn cocktail and it would have been too much. I think another time I would make real mayo with it 🙂

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