Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salsa

My co-worker gave me some cucumbers she and her husband had grown in their garden. I wanted to use them right away as they were so fresh. This is a variation on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. I added charred corn for sweetness and smokiness. I also added poblano and jalapeno for spice. 

2 small or 1 medium cucumber, diced
2 ears corn
3 vine tomatoes, diced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps dry dill
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsps salt

I wasn't about to turn on the broiler to cook the corn. It's been in the 90's here. Instead, I used the same technique often used to char bell pepper. Put the shucked ears directly over a gas flame on the stovetop. If you don't have a gas stovetop you can broil them or use an outdoor grill. 

The corn will pop and make a bit of a mess on your cooktop, but it's worth it. 

Char the corn evenly all around. Allow to cool and them cut the kernels off the cob. 

Stir together all i…

Vegan Celery Root Puree

I've heard a lot about celery root and its puree on various cooking shows. I'd never tasted it or tried it or even seen it in real life. I wasn't even planning on purchasing it when I went to the store. I just wanted something new to try. I saw turnips and was going to give those a go. Right next to them I noticed the celery root and because I'd heard so many good things about it I was swayed to go with that.

I briefly googled recipes. Lots of milk, cream, potatoes. Wasn't into that. I did notice a few incarnations using cauliflower. So I decided that since cauliflower and cabbage are in the same family and I had lots of cabbage that would be the main pairing.

For flavor without the use of cream or butter I went with an onion based broth. I went with a fairly light, weak broth as to not overtake the celeriac.

Broth Ingredients
Small sweet onion skin and 1/4 cup of the flesh diced
3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
2-3 ribs/seeds jalapeno and 1 tbl of the diced flesh
2 tbls dill pickle juice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
1/4 tsp each salt and black pepper

Bring all elements to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Puree Ingredients
1  peeled, chopped celery root, 1/4 inch pieces
1/2 cup roasted white cabbage
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste

To roast the cabbage heat oven to 450 F. Have a rack one step up from the bottom of the oven.

Fill a sheet pan with roughly chopped cabbage. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir to coat.

Roast for around 15 minutes. Stirring halfway through. Roasting until at least 1/4 of the cabbage has charred and all of it has wilted.

Peel and chop the celery root into small pieces. Add to simmering broth. Continue simmering for about 7 more minutes until celery root is tender. Simmer with no lid on the pot to allow the broth to reduce. Once the liquid has reduced by half, add a lid to the pot  for the rest of the cooking time.

Add all contents of broth and celery root, including hot liquid to a blender. Also add your roasted cabbage, and your 1 tsp of olive oil.  Season with salt, pepper and turmeric. Puree until smooth. Taste. Adjust spices if needed.

Careful with the salt. The dill pickle juice added some extra salt already.

Serve warm or let cool in the fridge for a slightly thicker consistancy.

It has a similar taste to pea soup. It's good straight up. Also on salads, roasted potatoes, sandwiches.

Photo is the celery root puree, a salad of kale, charred cabbage and red beans, spicy marjoram lentils and barley and a hot chile de arbol and roasted tomato sauce.