Papa Spuds, a local online farmers market. You choose what you'll receive each week—veggies to fruit to bread to flour to cheese—and they show up in an insulated box in front of your door. Local eggs, fish, and meat are also available for an additional charge. And you can put your subscription on hold, if you're on vacation. It's a great service for those of you readers that are in the Triangle area.
Recently I received elephant garlic in my box among the potatoes, cabbage, radishes, and collards. Despite it's size, its flavor is actually milder than normal-sized garlic. It's closer kin to leeks and needs to be consumed quicker than you probably eat a head of garlic.
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Roasted elephant garlic & cauliflower soup
1 head elephant garlic
1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp ghee
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 medium turnip, diced
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp paprika
4-5 c water
2 c almond milk
smoked paprika & dill to garnish each bowl
Preheat oven to 350. Drizzle elephant garlic (or regular head of garlic) with about a tablespoon of olive oil and cover with foil. Roast for almost an hour.
Fifteen minutes later, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread cauliflower florets onto the sheet and drizzle with the remaining olive oil, sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes.
Put ghee into a sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion, cooking until translucent and softened. Add the celery, turnip, bay leaves, and spices. Cover for five minutes, allowing the vegetables to sweat a bit. Add the elephant garlic and roasted cauliflower along with the water and almond milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the bay leaves. Use a hand immersion blender (or regular blender) and blend until smooth. If the consistency is chunky, like puree, add water to thin.
Finish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and dill.