On Saturday I popped by our local Grandin Village Farmer’s Market and picked up some Kohlrabi. One of the farmers offered the purple variety of this vegetable that looks like a turnip with a nice crunch and a little bit of a peppery flavor. Kohlrabi is German for “cabbage turnip” and it’s a member of the cabbage family. To make a yummy Kohlrabi Slaw, peel Kohlrabi then cut it in matchstick pieces, toss with julienne strips of peeled apple and carrot and a bit of coleslaw dressing, then sprinkle with crispy crumbled bacon or sunflower seeds (or both!) Cover and chill until ready to serve.
What do you call a sad strawberry? ….A blueberry!
Why was the little strawberry sad? … His mom was in a jam!
Culinary Teacher Extraordinaire Christina Nifong
Displays Her Greens and Berries Salad
Christina Nifong is a food writer well known in our region for the stories she’s written about the Virginia food scene and the recipes she creates and shares during the culinary classes she teaches. The class I attended on Saturday at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op was Local For Lunch: Berry Bonanza. I always walk away from Christina’s class with a new favorite. This time my new FAV is Arugula Strawberry Spring Rolls. So easy to make and as Christina explains , “These are basically a fresh and delicious handheld salad.” Here’s her recipe:
Makes 10 – 12 spring rolls
Brown Rice Wrappers (available on-line or at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op)
4 cups lettuce, spinach or other green, torn or chopped into bites-sized pieces
4 cups arugula, washed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
4 ounces plain chevre (Curtin Dairy is a good choice), softened
2 pints ripe strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
Mint leaves for garnish
- Heat large bowl of water. Dip one brown rice wrapper into hot water. Hold it there for 30 seconds.
- Set damp wrapper onto cold, dry, flat surface. (Make sure the surface is non-porous, granite is a good choice; do not use wood because it is porous.) Add row of lettuce in the center of the wrapper.
- Top with arugula, then a slight smear of goat cheese. Then stack a row of strawberries.
- Fold top of wrapper down. Then fold bottom of wrapper up (about an inch). Then roll from the left, tucking and rolling until spring roll is closed.
- Set onto serving dish. Repeat until all ingredients are gone. Make sure not to let spring rolls touch on serving plate as they will tear.
- Refrigerate until time to eat. Garnish with mint. Serve with honey-lime dipping sauce.
Honey Lime Dipping Sauce ~ Juice of one lime, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 garlic clove minced, salt and black pepper to taste, dash of red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon finely chopped mint. Place all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Here’s another spring roll recipe with a yummy peanut dipping sauce on Christina’s website…christinanifong.com
The brown rice wrappers are more sturdy (gives the spring roll a nice bite) than the white rice wrappers and they have a lovely nutty flavor.
My bubbly friend made some awesome spring rolls!
Looking for the perfect palate cleanser between courses or a light dessert to serve al fresco? Raspberry Lime Granita!
Christina made the granita with fresh raspberries from her garden!
Makes 12-15 servings
3/4 cup organic granulated sugar
1 3/4 cup water
Juice and zest of 2 limes
2 Tablespoons chopped, fresh mint leaves
2 pints (4 cups) fresh, ripe raspberries, pureed (force raspberry puree through a fine sieve to remove seeds, discard seeds).
- Bring sugar, water, lime zest and juice and mint to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
- Reduce the heat. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute.
- Let the syrup cool. Strain out mint leaves (optional). Mix together syrup and berry puree.
- Pour into 9 x 13 freezer-safe baking dish. Freeze overnight or up to 24 hours.
- To serve, remove from freezer and let thaw for 10-20 minutes. Scrape with cold ice cream scoop into serving dishes.
Thank you Christina! Looking forward to your next class!
GREENS AND BERRIES SALAD
Iceberg Lettuce Fresh From The Garden
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