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Turnip Soup, Snow and Beer Bread!

October 5, 2013

SNOW! Yesterday, it was 70degrees and we were discussing the lake, this morning, we had at least 10″ of snow…and it kept.on.snowing. We capped out at 14″ and wow, is it glorious. Freezing, but amazing. It was the Mango dog’s first real snow and he absolutely loved it. He spent most of the morning sprinting around the fields and disappearing into the drifts. Of course, we know its all going to melt away in the next week or so, but its a great beginning to the winter times!

In preparing for the snow, Peggy and I have been digging up her garden and bringing the outside in. So a few days ago, we extracted a MASSIVE turnip from the ground…I am talking baby-head-size. AND I decided to make a soup!

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Turnip Soup:

2Tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

2 Lbs of turnips, peeled and chopped

½ tsp crushed red pepper

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp fresh parlsey

6 cups vegetable stock

Directs:

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil with salt and pepper and cook until onion is fragrant and soft. Add turnips and the rest of the spices and stir well. Let cook for 3-4 minutes and then add the stock. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes or so until the turnips are soft. Now you can either use a submersion blender, household blender or choose not to blend it. I blended it about 50%, so I had a kind of chunky blend, which I recommend! Serve with cheese if you’d like! I used shredded sharp cheddar.

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I also made some beer bread to go with it. I haven’t made beer bread in a while and I forgot how tasty and great it is! Soft but it has an excellent crunch when toasted. Mmmmm. I think next time, maybe a sweet potato or two to bring down the bitterness, but then that could just be a result of the gigantic turnip.

And now for the

Beer Bread:

1/4 cup butter

3 cups flour

3 Tbsp baking powder

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 bottle of beer (I used a pumpkin ale)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and then add beer. Melt butter and pour half into the bottom of a 9×5″ loaf pan. Pour in batter (its a little sticky, so spread it until its kind of even) and top with the rest of the melted butter. Bake for 45min or until knife comes clean.

Soooo easy and yummy! You can add cheeses and spices as well. I usually sprinkle some salt and pepper and garlic on top of it.

Here are some shots of Mango at sunrise this morning.

IMG_9397A little confused… IMG_9400Wheeeee! IMG_9408

Mom…what IS this stuff?

Enjoy!

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