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Menu for Saturday

Chilled Celery Kohlrabi Soup with Pepper Relish

Roasted Cauliflower Curry with Mushrooms and Feta

White Beans with Greens and Fried Carrots

Fried Lentil and Greens Salad with Pecans and Cherry Tomatoes

Jasmine Rice with Beets and Greens

Challah Knots

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Coffee

Mint Iced Tea

Strawberry Mint Iced Tea

Ginger Grapefruit Spritzer

Recipe: Cauliflower Soup with Garlic and Arugula

The cauliflower at the markets has been superb these last few months, so we put together this soup for our last OCH Art Market of 2012 using some of that good stuff. This recipe acknowledges the season with its ingredients, but results in something light, smooth, and clean in flavor, something more suited to the balmy weather we’ve been having than the hearty stews and squash-based soups that one typically finds this time of the year.

Ingredients: cauliflower, onions, potatoes, celery, clear vegetable stock; vegetable oil, garlic; arugula, salt, pepper

1. In a large pot, place cauliflower florets, roughly chopped onions, peeled potatoes, and celery. Add enough vegetable stock and/or water to cover. Bring to a low boil, and cook for about twenty minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. (Use approximately 1 potato, 1/2 onion, and 1 stalk of celery for each head of cauliflower.)

2. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool until it is safe enough to handle, if pureeing with a blender or food processor. While waiting for the mixture to cool, heat a few tablespoons of oil in a small saucepan. Do not allow the oil to reach smoking point. Place a couple cloves of thinly sliced garlic in the hot oil, and cook the garlic on low heat until the slices are soft and the oil infused with the garlic.

3. After pureeing the cauliflower mixture, add salt to taste. Reheat and ladle soup into bowls. Before serving, drizzle a few teaspoons of the garlic oil and garlic slices over each bowl. Garnish with small arugula leaves, and a few turns of freshly-ground black pepper.

cauliflower soup, black bean and broccoli galette, olive bread, and mint iced tea

cauliflower soup, black bean and broccoli galette, olive bread, and mint iced tea

Menu for Saturday

Olive Boules

Broccoli Black Bean Galette with Toasted Mustard Seeds and Red Pepper

Spicy Mushroom Soup with Scallions and Curried Squash

Cauliflower Soup with Garlic

Fresh Greens with Parsley-fried Black-eyed Peas and Cheese

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Strawberry Orange Clafoutis

Peppermint Fudge/Snickerdoodle/Gingerbread Cookies (2/3 Gluten-free)

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Coffee

Mint Tea

Spiced Lemonade

Recipe: Cauliflower Soup with Goat Yogurt and Baby Squash

Try this cold soup on a hot summer day. The mild flavor and texture of pureed cauliflower and potatoes serves as a base for slightly acidic goat yogurt and tender baby squash marinated in a little lemon juice, herbs, and ginger. It’s worth it to get to to the farmer’s market early — the beautiful baby squash you can find there are delicate and sweet, and tend to sell out within the first hour or two of the market opening.

Ingredients: cauliflower, potatoes, onions, baby squash, vegetable stock or water, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel seed, cilantro, mint, ginger, lemon juice

1. Separate cauliflower into large florets, and place in a pot with quartered potatoes, chopped onions, cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel seed, and enough water or vegetable stock to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Let cool.

2. In a smaller pot, bring salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the baby squash for two to three minutes, so that they are barely cooked and the squash retain their bright greens and yellows. Transfer the squash to a bowl of ice water, then drain.

3. Finely mince ginger, cilantro, and mint. Combine with lemon juice and water, at a ratio of 1:2. Marinate the squash in this mixture. We find that the lemon juice without the water can be overpowering because baby squash is so delicate in flavor.

4. Puree the cauliflower and potatoes with the cooking liquid, add salt to taste, and chill. The cooling process will thicken the soup somewhat and also change your perception of how salty the soup is, so keep some stock on hand with which to adjust the texture of the soup.

5. Before serving, add freshly-ground pepper and taste the soup again before serving to see if you want to add any more salt.

5. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls. Spoon goat yogurt into the bowl, and place a baby squash or two on top, making sure to include a little of the lemon juice and minced herbs as garnish. The consistency of the soup should be thick enough to float the baby squash.

Recipe: Fava Bean with Roasted Cauliflower and Beet Salad

Fava beans have been abundant at farmer’s markets in the last couple of weeks, and we were eager to try them out. The 4- to 10-inch long pods are not the prettiest things, and the beans themselves are a little bit grotesque in comparison to daintier spring and early summer legumes, but it’s hard to beat the sensation of biting into a fresh fava bean. Here’s a simple and tasty dish we came up with for last weekend’s OCH Art Market. 

Ingredients: fava beans, cauliflower, beets, parsley, lemon juice, minced garlic, cumin, salt and pepper

1. Remove fava beans from pods. Blanch for 2 minutes in salted water and place in ice water, and then drain. We decided not to remove the waxy skins of the beans for this recipe, convincing ourselves that the skins shouldn’t be discarded because we enjoyed the flavor and texture of the skins. When the fava beans were a little younger two weeks ago, we thought that the skins lent something extra to the dish. Last weekend, however, the skin-on favas were a bit tough for our tastes. For the full process, follow these instructions. 

2. Set oven on broil. Wrap whole beets in aluminum foil with the stems and ends removed. Remove cauliflower stem and cut florets into big big-sized pieces.

3. Roast the beets for 45 min to 1 hr. Use a knife to see if the beets are done — you should be able to insert the knife easily into the center of the largest beet.

4. Gently toss the cauliflower with vegetable oil and salt. Roast the cauliflower for 15-20 minutes, turning each of the pieces halfway through so that the cauliflower browns on two sides.

5. Once the beets have cooled, slip the skins of the beets off with your fingers, and cut the beets into thin coins.

6. Make a dressing by mixing together lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Whisk in oil, and then combine the dressing with the shelled fava beans, chopped parsley, cauliflower and beets, at least half an hour before serving.