Mar 23, 2010

A first time

I found Jerusalem artichokes.  First in the gardening section of B&Q, then at the greengrocer a few days later.  Some were destined for the garden, they are resting there right now.  Hopefully waiting for spring proper to emerge.

The others joined potatoes, a chopped onion, some shredded cabbage and a bit of béchamel enhanced with extra cream.  Cheese on top, then oven for an hour.  It will be creamy, rich, nutty.  Comforting, for when you really need it.  Fresh rocket helped to balance i in my case.























It was my first time with Jerusalem artichokes.  Scrubbing and peeling takes a while, but they're worth it.

4 comments:

Marie said...

I swear you posted a picture of them last year? In a CSA box? I wrote about them sliced raw in salad? Anyway, they ARE delicious raw in salad. And your gratin-thingy looks superb.

jvdh said...

Yes. That is correct. And I remembered. And waited. And planned. And waited some more. And when they appeared, I pounced.

If I see any more, they will go they way of your salad.

Robyn MacLarty said...

I've never seen these in a grocer or veggie store EVER! But as soon as I do, I'll try them the way you have. Yum.

jvdh said...

Robyn - they're not exactly standard fare sadly. But maybe a farmer's market could help? They're worth it...