This weekend, the Farmer's Market was full of turnips. I think Michael and I have decided we are pretty much in favor of just about any root vegetable, but neither of us are all that familiar with turnips. Even so, we bought a basket of them - small and tender and smelling earthy and somewhat like radishes (mmm, radishes), and last night we prepared them along with some sweet potato, and the result was delicious and tasted like Autumn.
Baked Root Vegetables
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into large chunks
6 small turnips, well scrubbed, stems removed
2 cups homemade beef or chicken broth (optional - can just use water)
2 cups water (approx)
1/2 cup melted butter
2-3 T. brown sugar
salt and peper to taste
(The amounts given are only suggestions - estimate how much your family will eat. Our turnips were quite tender so we didn't peel them, but if you want to, go ahead! Apparently this is a matter of opinion. And of course, feel free to mix up any other root veggies you like!)
Put broth and root veggies in a deep pot to cook, adding enough water to cover. Let come to a boil and then simmer briskly for about 25 minutes. Remove from pot and let cool enough to handle. Mix butter and brown sugar in a bowl large enough to hold the vegetables. Chop veggies into bite sized pieces and turn into the butter mixture, stirring to thoroughly coat.
Place in a rimmed shallow pan and spread out to a single layer. Season to taste, and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes.
Next time, I'm going to try them in a more savory recipe rather than with sugar, but this was a very fine introduction to turnips.
Meanwhile, I have to show this off, because I've been working on it since May, and it was such a pleasure to stitch! This is from Ink Circles and is the first of her Roll-Your-Own series of mandalas - she sets up the pattern, but leavs choosing the color scheme up to the stitcher, with tons of support and help picking colors. It's been a terribly fun experience, and I have the graphs for her follow on sequel charts, although I think I will need to turn to other stitchery for awhile before tackling the next mandala.
But isn't this lovely? I chose these colors hoping to evoke the shades in peacock feathers and I think it worked out quite nicely. I can't wait to put this into a square frame and hang it. (Also, it's my first finished project signed with my new married name, so it is quite special and appropriate to hail the colors of Juno's peacock!)
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