Recently Deb gave me some turnips she had grown and, to tell the truth, I have never grown them or even cooked them before, steering as I often do, away from the English food my mother always cooked. Don't get me wrong, she is a good cook and I got my love of cooking straight from her, but there wasn't so much variety back when I was kid and those darn English settlers insisted on growing only what they knew back in the old mother country! Sorry Ian and others! Luckily now we have other choices of seeds to grow and produce to buy, that is grown locally....Back to the turnips.
First, I sauteed them in butter and olive oil, turning them to coat and brown. I used plenty of butter - if you are going to cook a good, English meal, you need plenty of butter, I reckon. Otherwise it would be like fish and chips without lots of salt - a bit pointless!
Soon they were browning up and the I put in a good 1/2 cup of white wine and the same of water, scraped the brown bits off the bottom and it was looking good. I put the lid on for about another 10 minutes.
When the rest of the meal was ready to serve, I threw in the chopped turnip leaves - something my mother would never do! - and boiled the excess liquid off. Actually, I also added some chopped bok choy from my garden too. Next time I would thicken that yummy liquid a bit or use more liquid, chop the turnips up more and serve it as a soup. Excellent winter lunch that would be.
Give it a bit of salt and pepper and there you go, my first turnips. Deeelicious! Thanks Deb. I will grow some for myself, I think, along with Deb's parsnips and carrots which are all now coming up and growing fast in my garden.