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Fun fact of the day:  The turnip is my mascot these days, but I don't believe I've ever actually eaten a turnip!

So why do I like the turnip so?  Well, back in high school, I had occasion to be given a couple of random prompts from which I had to fashion one short impromptu speech.  One of these was a quote: you can't squeeze blood from a turnip.  It boggled my brain.  I had never heard that before, had no idea what it meant, and I chose the other prompt instead.  As I recall, it had something to do with what I would want to share with my grandchildren, or something lame like that.

Anyway, the turnips stuck in my head.  My friends and I puzzled over it for a while, trying to divine meaning from it.  We concluded that it was indeed possible to squeeze blood from a turnip in a variety of ways.  The naysayers just weren't trying hard enough.  Thus, I came to believe that a bloody turnip was a sign that the possible was indeed possible.  It was a sign of great faith and optimism and ingenuity.  (i just adopted it as my mascot because i thought it was groovy, not because i have any sort of bright and sunny disposition.)

And then alas, the internet!  Just a year or so ago, it crossed my mind to google the quote on the internet to see what it had to say on the matter.  And imagine my horror when multiple sources interpreted the quote to mean that you couldn't get something out of someone that that someone just wasn't willing to give.  All of a sudden my dear, sweet bloody turnip became a sign of the oppressed, a downtrodden root forced to give up what was not within it to give!  What tortures had been perpetrated upon it that it somehow managed to produce that single drop of blood?  The horror, I say, the horror!

But the internet is not always right, and when confronted with the whips and chains of those meanies who would attempt to bloody a turnip for their own amusement, my turnip calmly offered up a drop of blood, quite confusing their simple minds, and while they were scratching their heads over this strange and unexpected phenomenon, my turnip slipped away, ruining their fun and preserving its self-worth.

*koff* Anyway.

Today's story-time/anti-update brought to you by sunhawk16 (asker of the question), 22 hours of OT, the fact that one of my pepper seeds and two of my tomato seeds sprouted just this morning and it is so squeetastic, and why the heck has my mind been dwelling all week on stories that I'm not going to write?

So, anyone got any good turnip recipes?  ^__^  (don't worry: as long as we properly give thanks to the turnip and treat it with respect, it doesn't mind if we take it into ourselves.)

I'll start with one someone left me once in my anonymous comments box!
Roasted Root Pie

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r05km From: r05km Date: February 2nd, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have a recipe, but if you can find one for dim-sum style grilled turnip paste, it is delicious.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 2nd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, the fried turnip cake is actually a fried daikon cake!  Most of the time, anyway.  And while I used to think the daikon was just a larger, whiter, asian-er cousin of the turnip, I regrettably figured out that they were actually radishes instead.

I do have a recipe for it somewhere, but I haven't tried it yet.  I did try making it once with some vague instructions from someone... not a good idea if you don't have the right proportions of rice flour to water! ^^
r05km From: r05km Date: February 3rd, 2009 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
It's daikon? Huh, fancy that. I thought it made turnip taste unusually good.

Ah well, how about a fun turnip fact instead? In the British Isles before America was discovered, turnips were traditionally used to make jack-o-'lanterns, originating from the Hop to Naa festival on the Isle of Man. And in Ireland they sometimes used beet-root.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 3rd, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, apparently the Chinese think it's easier to call it a turnip cake than to try to explain to the foreigners what a daikon is. =D

Yay turnip fun facts!  I'd heard that the turnip preceded the pumpkin in that role... but I've always had trouble trying to imagine a turnip carved into a jack-o'-lantern. *googles* Creepy!  I think I like my turnips friendlier!
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: February 2nd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It...it's like the Brave Little Turnip that Could! ^^; I feel the sudden need to make a veggie tray... >_>
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 2nd, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay veggies! <3

Yanno, if I were of a religious persuasion, I would be all over those Veggie Tales.
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: February 5th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)
They have a rather catchy pirate-ish song... >_>
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: February 2nd, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to second Sunhawk. O.O The veggie tray awaits! And I happen to have several lovely turnips to make the centerpiece. ^___^

No recipes tho; I like them raw. Peel, slice, nibble. ^___^
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 2nd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel like a raw turnip probably tastes like... jicama or something?
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: February 2nd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
To me, jicama tastes sweeter and it has a more apple texture. The turnip is more of a smooth texture and not so sugary. ^__^ Sometimes turnips are kind of 'woody' which makes them not taste so good. O.o Grumpy turnips.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 4th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
After surfing the foodnetwork for recipes... I think I could do a deconstructed shepherds pie with turnips and suchforth.... my problem when it comes to these things is that I cook for one person, and prefer it to take less than half an hour on a weeknight.  But maybe one weekend I could cook something moderate up and then just feed on leftovers for a day or two.
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: February 4th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that would be my reason for not bothering with cooking the little darlings. Takes too much time. And... well... leftovers? O.o I have no space for leftovers to inhabit. >.< Thanks to the apartment gods of cheapness re: buying appliances. =p
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 7th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I've done it.  I've eaten a turnip.  I suppose 'woody' would be an accurate assessment of its taste.  Sort of like a daikon, I thought, but not as strong.  Altogether, I must say I will not mind eating a turnip, but am unlikely to go out of my way to do so again.

I did do the deconstructed shepherd's pie... except that it was so deconstructed as to be unrecognizable.  I totally skimped on the specified herbs since I was not in the mood to buy much herbiage to use very little.  And I didn't go around sauteeing things in butter.  And I used what I had for 'crushed tomatoes + tomato paste' (i.e. chunky spaghetti sauce.)  And I totally traded in the potatoes for rice.  And I may have forgotten about the 'salt and pepper to taste' part, not that I have pepper on hand.  And, well, in the end, it was pretty much just ground beef with turnips and carrots. ^^

And just to round out the patheticness of the whole exercise... I was resolved to go out and buy these items to make a meal when I recalled that I had no vegetable peeler.  Fortunately I am on good terms with my paring knife.
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: February 7th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I think turnips tend to be woodier as they get bigger, but I did have a small one a week or so ago that was woody. *sigh* Other than that, they've been pretty reliable. ^__^

Hm... Ground beef, turnips and carrots... >_> I feel a Bisquick moment coming on... Right after I make the peanutbutter chocolate chip bar cookies... O.O And the cherry chocolate dump cake. Can you tell I'm gathering comfort food? ^___^
creamette From: creamette Date: February 2nd, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Turnip Soup

I saw that on an episode of Emeril live and the audience seemed to enjoy it...also go to foodnetwork.com and enter turnip in the search terms box and it gives you like 20 pages of recipes ^-^ I've never eaten on either but I know some people who swear by it...the benefits of living in the south where root veggies are made of win!
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 2nd, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that many seem to consider the turnip a comfort food! <3
uminohikari From: uminohikari Date: February 2nd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Raw turnips are yummy! I usually eat them with salads :D
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 3rd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
One day, I shall simply have to buy a turnip and see what can be done with it!
miyun From: miyun Date: February 2nd, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

The brave turnip! XD
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 3rd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Silly Heero!  Doesn't understand what an honor he's been given! ^o^ I bet Duo grew one in his garden, just for him!


*squishes the cute turnip to itsy bitsy wittle pieces!*
miyun From: miyun Date: February 3rd, 2009 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Silly Heero, indeed! :O
trafeane From: trafeane Date: February 5th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I always thought that the saying was "you can't sqeeze blood from a stone". Or a rock. Or something that's really really really hard and would probably break into itsy bitsy pieces if you tried. Unlike a turnip, which you most definitely could sqeeze blood from (even though that would be mean).
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: February 7th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I've heard about not being able to squeeze blood from a stone.  I've also heard about not being able to squeeze water from cheese, which seems like an obviously false statement, depending on the cheese.  People ought to go off squeezing those items and leave the turnip-squeezing/cuddling to me.
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