This classic cream of celery is very aromatic. If you have a challenge finding celery root, you can use celery instead, but make sure to strain diligently to remove the threads.
3 cups (750 mL) fresh celery root (celeriac)
2 Tbsp (30 mL) unsalted butter
2 Tbsp (30 mL) grapeseed oil
1/2 cup (125 mL) onion, diced
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1/2 cup (125 mL) dry white wine
4 cups (1 L) vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) whipping (35 percent) cream
Sea salt, to taste
Ground white pepper, to taste
Cut celeriac into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick pieces, as the soup will be pur'eed and strained. In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat butter and grapeseed oil over low to medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and celeriac and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is slightly translucent, stirring continuously. Add wine and cook for another minute or two until wine is reduced by about half.
Add stock, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil before lowering heat to simmer for 15 minutes. (You should be able to pierce the celeriac easily with a knife). Remove from heat and pure in a blender, working in batches as necessary, or with a hand blender.
Strain soup back into pot, add cream and bring to a gentle simmer, adding more vegetable stock to adjust for texture if desired. Season to taste with sea salt and white pepper, and garnish the centre of each serving with Salmon Tartar and fresh herb of your choice
6 to 8 oz (170 to 225 g) wild salmon, finely chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) shallots, finely chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) dill, finely chopped
1 Tbsp (15 mL) white wine
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and store in fridge until ready for use. Serves 6.
source: "Comfort Cuisine", alive #312, October 2008
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
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“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.