Monthly Archives: September 2011

Roasted Kohlrabi

On my weekly grocery shopping trip a few weeks ago, I came across an alien-looking piece of produce that I’d recently seen mentioned on a blog somewhere: kohlrabi. Determined to find something to do with this mystery plant, I did a quick search on Gojee and found this recipe for Roast Kohlrabi with Romesco Sauce.

The first order of business¬† was to cut up those things. According to Wikipedia (obviously, the source of all correct information) kohlrabi is a German turnip. This was very apparent to me as soon as I started trying to cut the skin away from it — these things are rock solid and very, very difficult to cut. After a bit of careful cutting (seriously, don’t get too overambitious with this step — you’ll probably cut a finger off), my little bulbs were ready to be sliced up and roasted!

Meanwhile, I also tried to whip up the romesco sauce. This looked like a really great idea to me at the beginning — almonds have a great ability to give texture to a sauce and to also give it a little oomph when there is no meat in the sauce. Unfortunately I think that the recipe I used may have omitted a pretty important ingredient — tomatoes. Maybe my bell pepper just wasn’t big enough, but this recipe left me with more of a nut paste than a sauce, and the picture with the original recipe looks pretty saucy to me. My version also came out quite brown in color, which was less than appetizing. Perhaps next time I will just add two fresh tomatoes into the skillet with my red pepper to balance out the almonds.

When everything was all assembled, I have to say that it was pretty good despite the nut paste thing. The roasted kohlrabi was really fantastic — it has a very turnip-like texture, but it takes on a nice caramelized flavor when it has been roasted. Apparently you can eat it raw as well, so maybe that’s an experiment for next time!

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10 Great (and Cheap!) Things to do in the Fall in NYC

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Well, it has been a while! Sometimes life just moves too fast, and things like this blog tend to lapse. After what has been a very busy summer, I’m quite glad to wish everyone in this hemisphere a happy first day of Fall! I really love this time of year, and I especially enjoy it when we actually have that nice transitional time in the weather between summer and winter, as we’re having right now. Sometimes it can feel like summer and winter are the only two seasons we get in this part of the country. In honor of the new season upon us, I’ve compiled a list of ten great things to do in New York City in the next few months:

  • Grab a hot beverage and walk through Central Park with one of your favorite people to look at the leaves changing.
  • Rent a bike and take a ride! There are plenty of places to rent (rates usually start around $8/hour or $45/day) and the West Side Greenway is a protected bike path that runs the length of Manhattan along the Hudson River. Beautiful!
  • Miss the back-to-school feeling? Me too. Try signing up for a class through Brooklyn Brainery or Skillshare and get yourself some new knowledge about something cool! Classes are cheap (many under $20) and on cool subjects like screen printing and making your own shoes.
  • Camp out in the Union Square Barnes & Noble store and read up on a new subject or an existing passion!
  • Take a stroll through the farmers’ markets in the last few weeks before they close for winter and bring home some fresh fall veggies!
  • Arm yourself with cash and a few good Yelp recommendations, and hit the streets of Chinatown to sample delicious dishes, dumplings, and pastries.
  • Pretend you’re in Munich for the annual Oktoberfest (technically it ends in the first few days of October, but I won’t judge you if you celebrate for longer), and visit a bier garden, like the popular Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria or Bier International in Harlem.
  • Take a class in lattes — Joe the Art of Coffee offers classes every month on various coffee topics, including Milk Steaming 101.
  • Pick up a camera and go for a photo walk. That is, take notice of the cool everyday things you pass on the street and document them! Fall is a great time to do this, because the light at the end of the day is often shimmery and superb for taking photos.
  • Chilly weather getting to be too much? Head over the the newly-renovated Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. Admission is only $12, and they have lots of interactive exhibits to check out!

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