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Seven Things: New foods I tried this year

Some of these are actual fruits and veggies that I had never had before, and others are dishes that I ate for the first time this year.

7. Farro:  I’ll start with the most recent.  I randomly read about this grain months ago, probably on some blog, because that’s usually where I read about food.  It got great reviews in whatever I read, but I had never heard about it before or seen it, so I didn’t really think twice about it.  Then, just last week I saw a bag of it at the coop, and decided to give it a try.  Now I’m fully on board.  Whole grain deliciousness.  I’ve read a couple different recipes that involve asparagus, squash, or tomatoes, but I just boiled it up and ate it with a little butter, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of Parmesan.  It was like a brilliant version of mac and cheese, except with grain, and really only a sprinkle  of cheese.  The grains have a great firmness and texture, and really don’t need to be dressed up much.  This will be a keeper.

6. Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem Artichokes.  Fiance and I (back when he was still Boyfriend) were swinging by the garden shop after a morning at the farmers market, and passed by this woman who had her own little produce stand out front.  She was selling cranberries, sunchokes and something else that escapes me now.  Fiance, slightly obsessed with native edible plants, really wanted to try the sunchokes since they are exactly that.  The woman gave us some suggestions on how to eat them, and we bought a box.  They were kind of radishy or carroty, except not really spicy or sweet.  Crunchy and nutty, and they would go excellent in a slaw.  We just ate them raw though.  Definitely a food to look more into recipes for.

5. Kale.  Yes, for serious I had never had Kale before this year.  It’s an interesting leafy green, in that when I first ate it, I didn’t really like it.  I’m not sure why.  But after eating that first bunch (which I actually made into kale chips), I still found myself wanting to try it again.  It’s like that nutrient packed leaf sends out signals in your body that say hey, eat more of this, you know you want to.  And I do.  I’ve had it a few more ways now, and like it much more now than after that first bite.  I have to say though, it drives me crazy when people’s recommendation for how to cook leafy greens includes bacon.  blech.

4. Persimmons.  What a great little fruit.  And it’s a late fall/early winter fruit.  Not too many of those around these parts.  I tried both the kind that you eat when firm, and the kind you’re supposed to wait until it’s soft to eat.  But I made the mistake of not waiting until it was soft enough and sure enough I got the chalky/numb/bitter tongue thing that I was warned about.  Oops.  That’ll teach me to follow directions a little better.

3. Gnocchi.  Potato pasta.  It was different than I expected.  I think I expected something less pasta like.  I might try to make my own sometime in the future.

2. Seitan.  When my dad and I were eating vegetarian last year for lent, he learned how to make seitan, and made a seitan corned beef which we used to make reuben sandwiches.  They were delish, and we tried our hands at a couple other seitans as well, although I don’t think we liked them quite as much as that first one.

1. Fresh shitake mushrooms.  I had probably had them dried before.  Fiance got one of those mushroom growing kits and grew his own, and we used them a couple different ways.  We made a warm mushroom salad and also put them on a homemade pizza.  I love mushrooms, and these were no exception.  I loved how sweet they got when heated, and I loved their nutty finish when eaten raw.

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2 Comments on “Seven Things: New foods I tried this year”

  1. Kavisa Says:

    How in the world have you not been loving Kale? I’m obsessed with it. I saute Kale with garlic, put it in beans soups, bake them into chips, blend them with mango in a smoothie….aaaah Kale

    You should try a BBQ seitan recipe.

  2. clare Says:

    it’s definitely growing on me. I think I just have to find a few more go to recipes for it that don’t involve sauteing in bacon fat.

    I just think it’s funny that I crave it even though I’m not in love with it when I eat it. My body is just like MORE KALE.

    BBQ seitan definitely sounds like something I need to explore.

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