2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6-7 cups celeriac, diced
4 cups broth
1 cup canned white beans
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup tahini
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 cup crushed pita chips
In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened but not browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook, stirring, for an additional 30 seconds. Add the celery root, broth, beans and the salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, covered, until the celery root is very tender, about 20 minutes.
Add the tahini and the lemon juice and, using an immersion (stick) blender, puree until smooth. (Alternatively, allow the soup to cool, then puree in batches in a blender, then reheat.) Add water or additional broth as needed to achieve desired thickness. Taste and season with more salt and/or lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with the parsley and pita chips and serve hot.
2 tsp olive oil & addition for serving
4 oz. sliced pancetta or bacon
1 Tbsp. butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 celeriac cut into chunks
4 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup chopped parsley Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom pan over medium high heat and add the chopped pancetta. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until crisp. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate to drain. Melt the ghee in the same pot and add the chopped onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaf and celeriac chunks. Cook for about 2 minutes longer. Pour in the stock and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender. About 25 minutes. Fish out the bay leaf, stir in the heavy cream, and then transfer the soup to a high speed blender and whirl away on high until completely smooth and creamy. Depending on the size of your blender you may need to do this in batches. Alternately, you can use an immersion blender but the soup won’t be as smooth and creamy. Return the soup to the pot and keep on low. Give it a taste test and season it with addition salt and pepper if needed. If the soup seems too thick add a touch more stock or water. Meanwhile heat a small dry skillet over medium high heat. Add the walnuts and cook until lightly toasted on all sides. About 5 minutes. Shake the pan often to ensure the nuts cook evenly. Remove from the pan and when cool enough to handle, roughly chop the nuts. Ladle the soup into bowls and top each portion with the cooked pancetta, walnuts and parsley. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper
1 bunch beet thinnings
1 small onion, chopped
1 green garlic, chopped
1 small cauliflower or broccoli raab
½ tsp. wasabi paste
1 Tbs. pickled ginger, chopped
2 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
Salt to taste
Heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion, garlic, and wasabi paste and sauté until the onion is translucent. Add the chopped beet thinnings, cauliflower or raab, and pickled ginger. Continue cooking until the beets and cauliflower/raab is tender. Add salt to taste. Divide onto plates and top with soft poached eggs and serve with a slice of toast to absorb the yolk and juices.
12 (2-ounce) fresh sardines, scaled and gutted
Extra virgin olive oil
4 stalks green garlic, trimmed and thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs, toasted
1 tablespoon salt-packed capers, soaked and minced
1/3 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, torn by hand
Preheat the oven to 500ºF. Working with one fish at a time, remove the head. Gently pry open the belly to reveal the backbone. Place the fish, skin side up, on a work surface and run the palm of your hand along the spine to loosen it, then trim off the back fin. Turn the sardine over. Starting at the head end, pull the backbone towards the tail in a single motion. (Part of the tail may come off with the backbone.) Rinse the sardine under cold running water, checking for any loose bones, and then pat dry. Repeat with the remaining sardines. Arrange the butterflied sardines on a baking sheet, skin side up. Season both sides with salt, and brush both sides lightly with olive oil. Roast the sardines, skin side up, for about 5 minutes, or until they are cooked through and the skin begins to sizzle. Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, heat a few tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the green garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, or until softened. With a slotted spoon, remove the green garlic and set aside. Over medium-low heat, replenish the sauté pan with a few additional tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle in the bread crumbs. Sauté for about 2 minutes, or until they crisp up and darken slightly. Remove from the heat, add the green garlic, stir in the capers and mint, and set aside until serving. Transfer the sardines to a serving platter or divide among individual plates, and squeeze the lemon half.
16 lettuce leaves
1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Asian chile pepper sauce (optional)
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside. In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. Drain, and set aside to cool. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, and enjoy!
¾ cup parsley, large stems removed
1/3 c. mint leaves
2 Tbsp. capers, drained
1 small green garlic, white and pale green part chopped
4 Tbsp. olive oil
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
½ Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Can be covered and stored in the fridge for a few days until needed. Makes about ¾ cup.
I just quarter the tomatoes (any that don’t get eaten within four or five days), cherry and sungold tomatoes I leave whole, quarter an onion or two and place these in a baking dish. Then I peel and add four or five garlic cloves, fresh basil, rosemary, etc. and drizzle a couple of tablespoons of olive oil all over everything. Then I roast it all in allow oven – 300 to 325 degrees, for three or four hours or until everything is mushy. Once it’s cooled, I dump it all in the food processor and voila! thick rich roasted tomato sauce. The most recent batch included a smallish fennel bulb and a coarsely chopped eggplant. The roasting seems to bring out the natural sweetness of those delicious tomatoes.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb udon noodles
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/4 head cabbage
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 large carrots
- 1 spring onion or green onions
Whisk water, peanut butter, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, chili flakes, sweet chili sauce and minced garlic in medium bowl to blend (sauce will be thick; add more water if too thick). Break noodles in half and cook in large pot of boiling water until just tender, about 6 minutes. Drain. Rinse noodles under cold water and cool. Transfer noodles to very large bowl. Toss with sesame oil to coat. Shred cabbage; cut red pepper, carrots and onions into matchstick-size strips. Add veggies to noodles and mix. Toss with peanut sauce to coat. Optional garnish with chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, etc.
- ¾ Lb spinach and/or other greens
- 1 cup sliced green garlic
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 Lb ricotta cheese
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups chopped onion
- ½ Lb oyster (or other) mushrooms
- 2 Tbs vermouth
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Prepare a dough as you would for pizza crust.
Chop the spinach coarsely. In a heavy pan, sauté the garlic in 1 Tbs of olive oil until limp. Add the spinach with some salt and pepper and cook until the spinach is wilted and the water it releases is boiled off. Remove from heat and toss with the lemon juice. Beat one egg into the ricotta along with the parmesan cheese and mix with the cooked spinach mixture.
In another pan, sauté the onion in the remaining olive oil until it begins to brown. Add mushroom and continue cooking until they begin to brown. Add salt, pepper and vermouth and stir until the vermouth evaporates.
Lightly oil a cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Roll out the dough to about 15×20 inches and place on cookie sheet. Spread the Ricotta and spinach mixture onto the dough leaving approx. 3 inches around the edges and cover the cooked mushrooms over the spinach. Pull the edges of the dough over the filling and fold together. Beat the remaining egg with a spoonful of oil and brush onto the dough. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 35 minutes. When it is fully cooked, allow it to cool for a few minutes before slicing into wedges for serving.
- 1 large head green cabbage
- 4 bay leaves
- 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped (2 cups)
- 2 14-oz. packages beef-flavored soy sausages
- 1 cup cooked rice
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp. white pepper
- 3 cups bottled pasta sauce or homemade tomato sauce
Lightly grease a large shallow casserole. Remove 12 large leaves from the cabbage and set aside. Shred enough of the remaining cabbage to make 1 cup. Save the rest of the cabbage for another use. Put the shredded cabbage, bay leaves and garlic in the bottom of the casserole. In a separate pan, blanch the reserved cabbage leaves in boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat and saute onion and sausage for 3 minutes. Reduce heat and add the rice salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Mix well. Divide the mixture among the 12 leaves, rolling each one up, tucking the ends toward the center and fastening with a toothpick. Place in the casserole dish. Pour the sauce over the rolls, cover tightly and simmer 30 minutes.
From The Whole Soy Cook Book by Patricia Greenberg.