What is this veg I see before me?

3 Dec

I’m being completely candid, here.  I have no idea what half this stuff is that comes in my veg box.  For all I know, it’s an elaborate hoax played on unsuspecting Americans.  Do weeds grown by the side of the road count as fresh, local produce?  Probably.

I think I have  half a chance of figuring out this one.  But:

What is it?  Especially the purple flowery bits?  It looks like a boho-chic wedding bouquet.

I love — love — having vegetable mysteries custom-delivered to my door every week.  It’s making me a better cook, and maybe — maybe — making me a better person.  No pressure, veg box.

(Wonder if I’ll get any Brussels sprouts before December 24th?  I’m game to try this: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-bacon-and-chestnuts.html  Or any other veg recipe that includes bacon, for that matter.)

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6 Responses to “What is this veg I see before me?”

  1. Sarah December 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Don’t quote me on these – but the first one is celeriac (been wanting to try this with it myself http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetarian-recipes/smashed-celeriac ) and the second one looks like purple sprouted broccoli. I would say if there are a bunch of leaves with it those are the greens, which you can prepare like any other greens. At least I think I read that once. LOL! My British neighbor thought I was nuts, I’m sure, because for quite a while I would show up every so often with a new vegetable to ask, “what’s this?” and “what do I do with it?”

    • Monique December 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

      That sounds like a great way to meet the neighbors! Thanks for the recipe, JO has become my go-to guy for English recipes — he got me through my first roast dinner beautifully!

      • Sarah December 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

        Yes, well we already knew each other and she already knew I was a crazy American.

    • Sarah December 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

      Oh, you could have deleted my repost – I thought it was my brain that farted, not WordPress! LOL!

  2. colleen December 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    i agree! celeriac & purple cauliflower 🙂

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