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This Week’s Harvest, 12/7: Out-of-the-Ordinary

December 8, 2011

yellow carrots, patidou squash, eggs, leeks, pears, watermelon radishes

What’s so different about this produce?  Well, the carrots are yellow, tinged with green at the top.  They’re much harder and stronger in flavor than their run-of-the-mill orange siblings.  These definitely benefit from roasting, which I did last night, along with some parsnips, underneath a chicken.

The turnips are not turnips, but watermelon radishes, their light green and white exteriors giving way to bright pink insides.  Frankly, I think they’d be great with some ranch dip for a little taste of pseudo-summer.

The pears are certainly unexpected at this time of year.  Normally by December we’re down to apples and apples alone.  But these pears are a newish variety called Angelys, which apparently thrive in the winter and have a good, long shelf life.  Hooray!  A warm, warming dessert like a crumble sounds like just what I want to do with them.

I guess the rest isn’t so surprising.  The leeks made a lovely side to the roast chicken, briefly broiled and drizzled with vinaigrette.  The eggs and patidou squash (maybe sweet dumpling squash in English) have me thinking of this quiche, but that squash could just as easily become a tartiflette of sorts, or a pizza, or a pasta dish, or I could stuff them, or…

Seasonal opposite: June 8, 2011

Originally published on Seasonal Market Menus.

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6 Comments
  1. December 8, 2011 10:30 pm

    Any ideas for what to do with parsnips to make them taste less like…well, parsnips?
    I made your Chickpeas in spicy tomato gravy the other day. YUMMY!

  2. December 8, 2011 11:48 pm

    Yay! First time I’ve seen the snow 🙂 Excited about the preponderance of squash this year… Makes me happy. I think mine are going to be roasted. Simple, but effective… You know? It would help to write this on my own blog…

  3. December 8, 2011 11:53 pm

    Stuff them stuff them! I have to live vicariously through you in this regard, because I’ve never seen little pumpkins (“squashes”) here!

  4. December 10, 2011 1:04 pm

    Hopie – Why would you want to do that? Parsnips are delicious! 😉

    researchingparis – I know, I rarely run out of inspiration when it comes to winter squash.

    Hannah – But you could have a party, and stuff a big one!

  5. December 21, 2011 2:01 pm

    Those watermelon radishes are gorgeous, wish we had those here too!

  6. December 23, 2011 7:47 pm

    Louise – They are fun, aren’t they?

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