Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Celery. Raw. Is Good For Your Jaw.

"Celery- raw, is good for your jaw" Ogden Nash.

We go through about 5 bunches of celery a week. FIVE.  It probably seems a little excessive. No-one is on a diet. No-one has a Bloody Mary habit, to my knowledge.
I think we may be crunch addicts though. Mostly it's for classic snacks with either peanut butter or cream cheese but it does go into a lot of my cooking too.


Apart from being a low calorie crunchy vegetable, celery is a hot bed of antioxidant goodness. Not only the usual vitamin C, manganese and beta-carotene, it also contains many phytonutrients from the phenol category that are proven to be anti-inflammatory and therefore can help to undo the damage caused by stress, exposure to toxins and acute and chronic illnesses. 

When I looked for some new recipes using celery as the main ingredient, interesting ones were few and far between. Lots for celeriac but not many for good ol' celery.
One of my favourites is a classic from Jane Grigson, adapted by Delia Smith for 
Poached Celery with Pheasant , a lovely softly flavoured, one pot dish, perfect for a Sunday 
lunch. 

Another classic, the Waldorf Salad.This simple apple salad got its name from the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Invented in 1896 not by a chef but by the maître d'hôtel Oscar Tschirky, the Waldorf salad was an instant success. As often happens, many variations evolved—some with raisins, some with chopped nuts. This one has green apples and red seedless grapes. This one from Epicurious serves 6 as a starter.


Waldorf Salad
  • 2/3 cup dried tart cherries*
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/3 cups very thinly sliced celery
  • 1 1/3 cups red seedless grapes, halved
  • Romaine/ Cos lettuce leaves
  • pecans
Soak cherries in 1 cup boiling water until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain.Whisk mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients in large bowl. Add apples, celery, grapes and cherries; toss. Season with salt and pepper.Arrange lettuce on platter. Spoon salad over. Top salad with pecans.*Sold at specialty foods stores, natural foods stores and some supermarkets.
You should definitely have a go at making your own celery salt, really easy and the method can be used with different herbs. Serve piles of the bright green salt with soft boiled quail eggs and icy glasses of Manzanilla, perfect  on a summer's evening.
From 101 Cooks Homemade Celery Salt


































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