Sunday, October 04, 2009

Strange Visitors

Halloween is approaching and it’s time to revisit those spine-chilling horror film classics like War of the Worlds and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. At Restoration Farm, there has been an invasion of extraterrestrial produce. Are you ready for Attack of the Kohlrabi?

Invasion of the Daikon Radish?

Night of the Chinese Cabbage?

We have two options, Earthlings. Run for our lives … or make slaw!

Kohlrabi is a relative of broccoli, and is thought by some to be a hybrid of cabbage and turnip. The globe is actually a swollen stem. It can be eaten raw or cooked, and is similar to a crisp Granny Smith apple, although not as sweet.

The Daikon radish resembles a giant ghostly carrot. The white flesh can be eaten raw or cooked, and has the sharp, slightly pungent taste of turnip.

Chinese Cabbage invaded planet Earth in Asia in 500 A.D. While not offering much in terms of nutritional value, the lacy leaves are great in stir fries and soups, delivering lots of fiber and few calories.

The best thing about slaw is you really don’t need a recipe. The food processor is your best weapon against attack. Mine contains a full head of cabbage, one large radish, one head of kohlrabi and some sliced peppers. The dressing is 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 4 tablespoons sesame oil, 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon dry mustard whisked together. Toss with chopped peanuts and black sesame seeds.

So, if you happen to hear something go bump in the night, or come face-to-face with an alien at the farm stand, make peace with a big bowl of slaw.

May the Fork be with you.

©2009 T.W. Barritt All Rights Reserved


doggybloggy said...

that is the most sophisticated looking slaw I have ever seen!

~~louise~~ said...

I never could get into the spirit of Halloween. However, I wouldn't mind attacking a big bowl of that slaw!!!

Kalyn said...

I love kohlrabi. My parents used to grow it, back in the days before gardening was hip!

Zen Chef said...

May the fork be with you! haha. You may want to copyright that. :)
The slaw looks amazing. Great idea to use those vegetables from another planet.

Julia said...

I grew kohlrabi this spring (my fall planting didn't make it). I ended up cubing and roasting it.. it was so delicious, it rarely made it to the dinner table.

The slaw looks amazing!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a great looking slaw. I must confess I've never eaten kohlrabi but I would love to give it a try.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I can't stop laughing! I think kohlrabi looks a bit alien, too. But the slaw looks inviting and delicious. Maybe it's kohlrabi in costume?!

A Year on the Grill said...

excellent story, intro and the slaw looks best I've ever seen (needs a little pulled pork under it), but on it's own...

Pretty and I bet pretty darn good

Lori Lynn said...

Cute post.
Daikon is my favorite. Love it grated as a condiment, with fish, with soup...