October 20, 2009

(Mostly) Raw Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Tonight’s dinner counts as my nod to Raw Wednesday because I will eat its leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Most of you are likely reading this on Wednesday anyway!

Alas, ‘twas not written in the stars that my dinner be delicious tonight. It’s no one’s fault in particular, least of all Gena’s and her recipe for Maple Cinnamon Vinaigrette, which is finger lickin’ good. I highly recommend it!


Because I’m deathly afraid of my mandolin as a result of a rather bloody incident not so long ago, I thought it might be a better idea to employ my poor-girl’s Slap Chop tool in the preparation of my Root Vegetable Salad. Turns out it’s a P.O.S. and made my parsnips look like chicken (surely not the desired effect when eating a raw, vegan meal). I have since donated said kitchen tool to the garbage pail.


The parsnips’ resemblance to chicken was to be the least of my grievances tonight, however. Indeed, I learned the hard way that I most definitely do not care for parsnips, raw or otherwise. I can remember putting them into a soup early this year and not being wild about it, but I had not tried parsnips before that and have not eaten them since, so I have never actually identified parsnips as a dislike until today. And boy howdy, this is the dissiest of likes, to be sure. I’ve been wearing my schtank face for a couple hours now.


In an effort to save tomorrow’s lunch, I did my best to pick the parsnips out of the remaining salad after dinner. As ghetto as my Slap Chopper is was, though, it managed to create some microscopic parsnip shards that have no doubt cross-mojinated with what are otherwise delightful ingredients: carrots, sunchokes (a vegetable I discovered I do enjoy!) and dried currants (which subbed in for the unsweetened cranberries I couldn’t find). Not to mention the killer dressing I mentioned earlier!

At this point, you might wonder why I titled this post “mostly raw.” That’s because I hid the cooked part underneath the parsnips of death Root Vegetable Salad with Maple Cinnamon Vinaigrette. Can you tell what it was?


Well, if you’ve seen Gena’s recipe for this salad, you know that it also calls for raw sweet potato. But it’s chilly outside and I always gotta go and be different, so I went ahead and baked the sweet potato part. The root veggie salad got piled on top of a whole baked Japanese sweet potato (my favorite kind!) and surrounded with a little raw kale massaged with EVOO and apple cider vinegar.


If you’ve never tried a Japanese sweet potato, get your hands on some while the gettin’s good! They have dark purple skin with very light flesh, as you can kind of see in the pictures above. They’re very sweet and creamy! Thanks to the potato and the strongly-flavored vinaigrette, dinner was far from a total loss, especially now that I know to walk a wide circle around parsnips.

What foods trigger YOUR gag reflex?


chocolate covered Katie said...

Fish! The taste, the smell, just everything about it! Oh, and dulse flakes! Fish food!
I know, I know... it's good for you. But I CAN'T like it LOL.

Dori said...

Ketchup on eggs. Every time it is near me -- even someone at the table next to mine at a restaurant -- I start to gag. Sorry to those who love it. But, blech.

Gena said...

I love, love, loooove parsnips! But so sorry you don't. You have inspired me to try Asian yams, which have been on my wish list! When I have time to cook again, which will be never.

emily said...

Red meat. It's been ye since I've put it in my mouth but I don't even like looking at it.

BroccoliHut said...

Peas and sour cream. Oddly enough I really dig my homemade tofu sour cream, but the real stuff makes me puke-y.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

"I’ve been wearing my schtank face for a couple hours now." LOL good one!

I dont mind parsnips but I dont seek them out, either. And raw sweet pot's arent my scene, I would roast em too, sorry Gena.

The cinny/maple dressing is great, I've tweaked and made it. Good stuff huh!
p.s. what became of your stevia sleuthing re your tummy issues?

Mama Pea said...

How much of a raw foodie am I: goat cheese. Oh Lordy, I hate it.

I also am scared of mandolins. I once sliced my mandolin in my mandolin. Awesome.

healthy ashley said...

Root vegetable salad? Mmmmmm :)

Raw chicken makes me want to puke.. and cry!

K from ksgoodeats said...

I don't think I've had parsnips but I doubt I'll be running out to try it. Sorry to hear about the ickiness!! That dressing sounds fantastic though!

I OD'd on those candy corn mixes (the ones with the pumpkins and whatnot) and can NOT look at them. When a blogger posts one it makes me want to puke. Seriously, it's that bad!

Anonymous said...

I love parsnips! I only eat them at Thanksgiving, so maybe if they were associated with something other than the holidays, I wouldn't like them as much.

Hmm... I'm really not a fan of mackeral. So fishy! I love all other fish, but when a piece of mackeral slips into my sashimi I am NOT a happy camper.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree. I don't like parsnips even though I know others who love them, so I'm always retasting and trying to like them!

Jenny said...

a japanese sweet 'tato you say? what's the difference in taste - if you don't mind me asking :)

Erica said...

I'm with Katie but more specifically- tuna fish ughhh. Sorry the salad was a bit of a fail. I'm not sure that I've ever had a parsnip??

Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) said...

ANY sort of vinegary condiment.. ketchup, etc.. BLAH!!

VeggieGirl said...

So sorry about the parsnips! :(

RunToTheFinish said...

Hmm parsnips I have never tried...not really encouraged to now.

ok I still haven't tried massaged kale..but I think I will tomorrow