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cab



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:11 pm    Post subject: Challenge of the Week...  Reply with quote    

I cordially challenge all here who have yet to try Jerusalem artichokes to do so in the following week. See if your greengrocer or local market has them, and give them a shot. They're delicious boiled, mashed, roasted, as a soup, and there are all sorts of other good ways of eating them.

Not convinced? Have a look here for inspiration:
http://forum.downsizer.net/about8930.html&sid=41cbcc12226d615d3c88a4e9cdf1bf3c

Post how you get on here, and I'll compile the best recipes and suggestions into a Jerusalem artichoke article afterwards.

Watch this space for more challenges

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Umm - how can I put this delicately... I love Jerusalem Artichokes, but they don't.. um... love me, a definate chemical reaction which is unpleasant for all concerned

judith



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Penny wrote:
a definate chemical reaction which is unpleasant for all concerned


Sonorous, but not malodorous, I find.

Think of it as being like garlic - if you all have some, no one will notice!

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Judith wrote:
Sonorous, but not malodorous, I find.

Think of it as being like garlic - if you all have some, no one will notice!


I think they will notice, both content and delivery are spectacular

2steps



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

never had one before. Can I just mash it and serve it lik eyou would mashed potato? do you add butter?

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Judith wrote:

Sonorous, but not malodorous, I find.


Neither silent nor deadly.

I'll cover that in the article

judith



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

2steps wrote:
never had one before. Can I just mash it and serve it lik eyou would mashed potato? do you add butter?


Yes. You can do anything to an artichoke that you would do to a potato - and then some more. They are nice just sliced and eaten raw, for example. They are a bit sweeter and with a slightly nutty taste.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

2steps wrote:
never had one before. Can I just mash it and serve it lik eyou would mashed potato? do you add butter?


You can. Best boiled in the skins, then either mash them skins and all or squeeze them out. They're softer than spuds, and make a nice gooey mash. Little bit of butter and some pepper make them even better, but I'd add those to my spuds too...

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
Neither silent nor deadly.

I'll cover that in the article


If we can have a recipe for them that eliminates that problem, I will love you forever!!!!!!

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Penny wrote:
cab wrote:
Neither silent nor deadly.

I'll cover that in the article


If we can have a recipe for them that eliminates that problem, I will love you forever!!!!!!


Funny thing is, we had a big Jerusalem artichoke curry on Tuesday. No flatulence to speak of... A little googlong brought up this site:

http://www.anxietyzone.com/symptoms/flatulence.html

From there:
Quote:

Remedies - (Natural)

Certain spices counteract the production of intestinal gas, most notably cumin, caraway and the closely related ajwain, turmeric, asafoetida (hing) and konbu (a Japanese culinary seaweed closely related to kelp).


Might be a way forward.

I dare anyone to look at that website and read the Remedies - (Mechanical) passage without corpsing.

judith



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


I think you should try it in the interests of research.

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You mean this bit.....

Remedies - (Mechanical)

In social situations where the sound of flatulence would be particularly inappropriate a temporary remedy can be obtained by placing a piece of cotton wool or paper tissue about 4 cm in diameter onto the anus. If this is done whilst squatting then closure of the buttocks will hold it in place for a considerable period of time. This keeps the anus dry and reduces the velocity of the gas discharge, both of which prevent noisy events.


That is absolutely classic Wouldn't you explode eventually

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I laughed so much I let one out.

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks you lot - I may need a new keyboard after splurting a mouthful of coffee over it

nettie



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 05 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



A mute for your bottom burps!!! Penny that's priceless.

"Wouldn't you explode eventually" - think you'd be OK on that one....it said "onto" rather than "into"

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