I have two recipes to share today. The first is onion puree. I have already used all of my homegrown onions, so I had to use store-bought. But the garlic and parsley were my own.
I think that this onion puree could be easily changed by substituting cumin, curry, paprika, etc. for the tarragon. As it is, it’s like a lo-cal Sauce Bernaise.
The broccoli and cauliflower stir fry above is really fabulous. Slice broccoli and cauliflower and 3 cloves garlic. Saute quickly in 2 T olive oil and 1 tsp sesame oil until vegetables are browned. Season with sea salt or Himalayan pink salt. This dish is so good you won’t believe it.
My garden is producing mizuna and komatsuna in abundance, so I’m looking for new ways to use them. They went into the bean soup below. The garlic doesn’t have to be sprouted. I just harvested these a bit late and they had started growing again. The tender garlic greens are edible at this young stage.
My husband brought back a bag of dry European soldier beans from a specialty market in the San Francisco Bay area recently. The beans were large and cream colored, with the markings of a red toy soldier at the hilus. They are a New England heirloom bean, also known as Red-eyes, and are often used for baked beans. I wanted to make soup out of them. It was the best bean soup I’ve ever eaten.
The beans cooked quickly, the red color stayed, and the beans were fabulous–creamy not mealy with a wonderful, slightly sweet, beany flavor. I am saving some of these beans to grow in my garden next year. You can also buy them from Vermont Bean Company, and probably other seed vendors as well.
I am so impressed with Soldier Beans that I’m definitely growing my own next summer. They come in either pole or bush. Since mine came in a bag destined for soup, I have no idea what kind they are. The label says European Soldier Beans, so maybe this is a European cultivar.
I don’t have time to post a photo of the dry beans. I’m late for work. If you have produce that you cooked this week, visit Robin at the Gardener of Eden.