Saturday, October 27, 2012

Weary and worn out

Mama Kitty decided to join us on our walk this morning, as she often does.  It was right around freezing when we left the house, perfect weather for a walk.  Our autumn leaves were breathtaking this year, but they sure didn't stay around long.  Before our walk, a friend came and relieved me of the sweet potatoes, so I did not have to toss them.  
My project today is to remove the tomato cages, dead plants, and the green tomatoes all over the ground.  I was making good headway when I got distracted by the parsnips.  This year is the first time I ever planted parsnips; according to information on the Internet, they are better left in the ground until a hard freeze, or even better, until the next spring.  
That doesn't work for me.  I like for Cliff to plow my garden, and he doesn't want to have to dodge around plants here and there.  So I decided to see how big the parsnips were, and maybe cook some today to see whether I even like them.  

 You can't tell it by this picture, but those two bigger ones are about eighteen inches long.  

I spent about twenty minutes trying to dig this one up without success, so I went and got Cliff.  He spent another ten minutes or so, and finally got it out of the ground.  I think it's those side roots that made it hang on like that.  I had no idea how to cook them, so I looked at a few ideas and decided to try THIS ONE.  I almost decided to toss them out, because slicing them was like trying to slice the inside of a tree!  However, they did cook tender in the microwave.  I'm going back to my garden cleanup for now, and will fry them as instructed when it's dinnertime.      


Bookncoffee said...

I don't think I've ever had parsnips.

Margaret said...

Well, how were they? I've never had them either. I don't think I've even seen one. :)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Because parsips have a very distinct taste, I prefer to fry mine along with some potatoes in bacon grease. I do cook them before hand like your directions say and cook the potatoes too. then mix them together and brown in the hot bacon fat. Delicious!

Jon said...
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Jon said...

Hey, that makes three of us. I've never had parsnips, either. I've had the measles, though (a pathetic attempt at humor).

We had our first frost in Texas last night. It got down to 26.

I deleted my previous comment because I had several typos.

Helen said...
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Helen said...

I have never eaten any parsnips. Glad that you put some pictures of them here. Pretty sure I saw some in the grocery yesterday. I even felt them. No sign saying what they were.

2:03 PM

Lori said...

I have never had fried parsnips, but am very willing to try them.