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Useful Autumnal Dishes
Mon 10-Sep-12
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Hattie
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I find that in autumn I get an urge to change to rather stronger earthier flavours while not wanting to get into the heavier winter dishes. I found this recipe from one of my favourite food bloggers in my email box this morning. It looks just right for this time of the year & good as both a starter or a main meal. I shall definitely try it (even if it is not in line with my diet... whistle).

 

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wave Oh how I wish I liked beetroot.  It is very good for you and there seems to be loads of recipes for it these days.  But I just cannot stand the stuff, no matter which way it is cooked.

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Mon 10-Sep-12
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I suppose you could substitute something else, Danuta. maybe another vegetable like kohlrabi, celeriac, radish or fennel. I am lucky as I love beetroot except when it is pickled in vinegar……flaming_nora

 

***  what_the_heck  Ah, I have just had an idea, slightly off the wall I admit, but as beetroot is fairly sweet how about some cold rhubarb (still firm, & drained after roasting with only a little sugar)………after all rhubarb, (or gooseberry) sauce used to served with mackerel. I have had it & they go well together.

 

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Mon 10-Sep-12
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danast said:

wave Oh how I wish I liked beetroot.  It is very good for you and there seems to be loads of recipes for it these days.  But I just cannot stand the stuff, no matter which way it is cooked.

Have you tried it raw, grated?  Tastes good any way to me.  I had Celeriac as a starter last week, it was lovely, the first time I had ever tried it.

I'll try that again!

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wave Hallo TA, welcome back.  Did you have a good time, with lots of sunshine & good food?  Whereabouts in France did you go? 

I love grated raw beetroot with a good dressing on it. Celeriac & Kohlrabi treated the same way, but shaved thinly on a mandolin.  

 

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wave Hello Hattie, thank you for the welcome home.  We stayed here, it was very large, very well presented and fitted out with all that one would need.  The weather was very warm and there was no rain at all, we managed to pick the perfect week I think.  I was so impressed with the Gîte that I wouldn't mind going back.  It was in the middle of almost nowhere but lovely nevertheless.

The celeriac that I had was a Remoulade and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'll try that again!

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It looks wonderful TA, I am glad you enjoyed it & had good weather.

The remoulade of celeriac is such a French classic & completely delicious. I must make it myself this autumn.....I think I saw it on Ocado's list as available.

 

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Mon 10-Sep-12
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I think it is the right time of year for it.  I hope that I can find a small one, I doubt that I'd manage to eat a whole one.  Odd that I'd never eaten it before considering that I have been to France very many times.  Just not on the menus of the restaurants where we've eaten I guess.  I just had a look and Waitrose have it at £1.09 each, I'll see if our local one has it then maybe have a play with it.

I'll try that again!

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Here is another useful dish, especially for vegetarians, using quinoa & lots of broccoli. It would also be good as a side dish. It freezes well.

 

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wave  Now that one does sound delicious!!

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I made chickpea and garlic soup, would that count?

I'll try that again!

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wave That sounds good TA. The cooler weather makes me want a tasty soup.

 

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It was tasty, I added some Orzo which was delightful.

I'll try that again!

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Thought I would say TA I live in Orne not too far from Sees!

Trying to enjoy life as it is

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Didn't get there Aly, we were mostly around Nogent le Rotrou, Verrieres, Dancé, Nocé and Belleme.  We went past the Jardin Francois but didn't go in since neither of us can walk very far but it is on YouTube so I can see it there!

We had hot-smoked salmon for dinner last night - just to keep it on track! roll_eyes

I'll try that again!

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