Thyme

Roasted Rutabaga with Maple Syrup and Thyme

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large or 2 small rutabaga

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (see notes)

  • salt

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • black pepper

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme (for garnish - optional)

PREPARATION:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/390ºF. Place a roasting tin the oven to heat up.

  2. Peel the rutabagas and cut them into large chunks.

  3. Place the rutabagas in a and dress with the olive oil, maple syrup and dried thyme.

  4. Add in a good sprinkle of salt and pepper and toss to combine well.

  5. Spoon the rutabaga into the roasting tin, reserving any dressing that has pooled at the bottom of the bowl.

  6. Roast in the oven, for 25 minutes, then drizzle over the reserved dressing and cook for a further 15-20 minutes until crisp and golden.

  7. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh thyme (Or chives works well too!)

Recipe Notes:

Use real maple syrup here, the flavored syrups burn quickly and don't have the depth of flavor you need.

Purple Top Turnip & Apple Slaw

INGREDIENTS:

Slaw:

  • 2 purple top turnips

  • 1 apple (whatever variety you prefer)

  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 lemon

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon honey (sub agave or maple syrup if you don’t use honey)

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

  • salt + pepper to taste

PREPARATION:

  1. Julienne apples and turnips - Peel turnips and slice into 1/4 inch slices.  Stack slices on top of each other cut as thin as you can into “matchsticks”.  Repeat with unpeeled apple.  (or use mandolin).  Place in large bowl, and squeeze 1/2 lemon over so apples don’t turn brown.

  2. Make dressing -  Combine remaining ingredients except pumpkin seeds in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.  Shake until combined.

  3. Pour dressing over slaw -  Mix pumpkin seeds, dressing, and slaw until combined.

Stuffed Pumpkin

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pumpkin, about 3 pounds

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 pound stale bread, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

  • 1/4 pound cheese, such as Gruyère, Emmenthal, cheddar, or a combination, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

  • 2-4 garlic cloves (to taste), split, germ removed, and coarsely chopped

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, drained, and chopped

  • About 1/4 cup snipped fresh chives or sliced scallions

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme

  • About 1/3 cup heavy cream

  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

PREPARATION:

  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment, or find a Dutch oven with a diameter that's just a tiny bit larger than your pumpkin. If you bake the pumpkin in a casserole, it will keep its shape, but it might stick to the casserole, so you'll have to serve it from the pot—which is an appealingly homey way to serve it. If you bake it on a baking sheet, you can present it freestanding, but maneuvering a heavy stuffed pumpkin with a softened shell isn't so easy. However, since I love the way the unencumbered pumpkin looks in the center of the table, I've always taken my chances with the baked-on-a-sheet method, and so far, I've been lucky.

  2. Using a very sturdy knife—and caution—cut a cap out of the top of the pumpkin (think Halloween Jack-o-Lantern). It's easiest to work your knife around the top of the pumpkin at a 45-degree angle. You want to cut off enough of the top to make it easy for you to work inside the pumpkin. Clear away the seeds and strings from the cap and from inside the pumpkin. Season the inside of the pumpkin generously with salt and pepper, and put it on the baking sheet or in the pot.

  3. Toss the bread, cheese, garlic, bacon, and herbs together in a bowl. Season with pepper—you probably have enough salt from the bacon and cheese, but taste to be sure—and pack the mix into the pumpkin. The pumpkin should be well filled—you might have a little too much filling, or you might need to add to it. Stir the cream with the nutmeg and some salt and pepper and pour it into the pumpkin. Again, you might have too much or too little—you don't want the ingredients to swim in cream, but you do want them nicely moistened. (It's hard to go wrong here.)

  4. Put the cap in place and bake the pumpkin for about 2 hours—check after 90 minutes—or until everything inside the pumpkin is bubbling and the flesh of the pumpkin is tender enough to be pierced easily with the tip of a knife. Because the pumpkin will have exuded liquid, I like to remove the cap during the last 20 minutes or so, so that the liquid can bake away and the top of the stuffing can brown a little.

  5. When the pumpkin is ready, carefully, very carefully—it's heavy, hot, and wobbly—bring it to the table or transfer it to a platter that you'll bring to the table.

    Serving:You have a choice—you can either spoon out portions of the filling, making sure to get a generous amount of pumpkin into the spoonful, or you can dig into the pumpkin with a big spoon, pull the pumpkin meat into the filling, and then mix everything up. I'm a fan of the pull-and-mix option. Served in hearty portions followed by a salad, the pumpkin is a perfect cold-weather main course; served in generous spoonfuls, it's just right alongside the Thanksgiving turkey.

    Storing: It's really best to eat this as soon as it's ready. However, if you've got leftovers, you can scoop them out of the pumpkin, mix them up, cover, and chill them; reheat them the next day.

Celeriac Soup with Thyme

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 medium celeriac (celery root) (roughly 9 oz)

  • 2 carrots (roughly 4 oz)

  • 2 medium russet potatoes (roughly 14 oz)

  • 1 medium shallot (roughly 3 oz)

  • 2 cloves large garlic

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 to 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth

  • 5 sprigs thyme

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 10 fresh sage leaves

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.

  2. Cut off skin and roots of celeriac. Dice celeriac, carrots, and potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes. Place on a baking sheet or in roasting pan. Roughly mince shallot and garlic. Add to dice vegetables. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss until all the vegetables are well coated. Roast in the oven 35 to 40 minutes or until the vegetables are beginning to caramelize and brown.

  3. While vegetables are roasting, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Fry sage, 3 to 4 leaves at a time until crisp. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. When vegetables are done roasting, transfer them into a blender. Add thyme leaves from 5 sprigs into blender with 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth. Puree until smooth. Add more vegetable broth to achieve the consistency you desire.

  5. Transfer soup to a medium pot. Bring to boil over medium heat. Serve with crispy sage, extra thyme and a drizzle of heavy cream.

    Tips & Tricks: Be sure to wash and peel celeriac before using it in any recipe.

    If you are using an immersion blender or regular blender (not high speed), be sure to peel the potatoes before roasting to achieve a smooth consistency in the soup.

    The soup consistency is on the thicker side. After pureeing, add more broth if desired to get a thinner soup.

Pork Chops with Celery and Almond Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup dried unsweetened cranberries

  • 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 2 (1 1/2"-thick) bone-in pork rib chops (about 1 pound each), patted dry

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3 sprigs thyme

  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped

  • 6 large or 8 medium celery stalks, thinly sliced on a diagonal

  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves with tender stems

  • 1/4 cup chopped salted, dry-roasted almonds

  • 1 ounce Parmesan, shaved

  • Kosher salt

PREPARATION:

  1. Place Combine cranberries and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Season pork generously with salt, then rub with 1 Tbsp. oil total. Heat a dry medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium. Cook pork chops, moving once or twice to hotter areas of skillet, until first side is deeply browned, 6–9 minutes. Turn pork chops and cook until second sides are browned, about 5 minutes. Working one at a time, set chops on fatty side with tongs to melt and brown fat cap, about 1 minute each. At this point an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of each chop should register 135°F.

  3. Add thyme, garlic, and butter to skillet and swirl to melt butter. Tilt skillet toward you so butter pools in the pan and spoon foaming butter over chops continuously until butter is browned, about 1 minute. Transfer pork chops, thyme, and garlic to a cutting board and let meat rest while you assemble the salad.

  4. Combine shallot and a couple of pinches of salt in a large bowl. Pour vinegar from reserved cranberries into bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually add remaining 3 Tbsp. oil. Add cranberries, celery, parsley, almonds, Parmesan, and several pinches of salt; toss to combine.

  5. Cut along bones to remove meat from pork chops; slice meat 1/2" thick. Transfer meat and bones to a platter along with garlic and thyme, then drizzle any accumulated juices left on cutting board over top. Serve with salad.