Saturday, January 12, 2008

Face to Face With the Ugly (aka Celery Root)

Who knew the celery was related to this horrendous-looking thing...


When Husband made an oxtail dish last week, the recipe called for "celeriac" aka celery root (what's that?!). When he came home with a bag of groceries, this alien vegetable nearly freaked me out. Who the heck thought this was okay to eat?!

It actually tasted fine though--celery nuances in a translucent form. A food's tastiness is definitely not based on looks.

What is the ugliest thing you have ever cooked with?

8 comments:

holybasil said...

I know celery root isn't the sharpest looking vegetable out there, but you're right, it's got a nice, nuanced flavor. Have you tried it grated raw in a salad (cerleri remoulade) with dijon mustard, mayonnaise and parsley? It's my favorite way to eat this celery root. I like it mashed like potatoes too. Hope you'll try it sometime ;)

tigerfish said...

I did not know the root of a celery look like that. But I do like celery in my recipes - they can give some good flavor to beef stew and braised oxtail :)

Kathy said...

Oh they are ugly but I love celery root. Celeriac is actually not directly related to what we call celery though, just in the same family. :) YUM!! And so glad I finally had time to check out your blog!

Christy said...

Oooo....I am also freaked!!
Gave me goosebumps:p
I can't recall their names but I have also seen others which also freak me!

Jo Boston said...

ewwwwww! haha! celery stalks are so sleek and long...hmmm...does it taste similar to the actual root?

Rasa Malaysia said...

Wow, I have never seen this celery root, can you even get them in the market???

Hmm, the ugliest things I have ever cooked with...can't think of anything specific...maybe squid, it's quite ugly, but delicious. Hehe.

Cindy. Lo. said...

Haha I didn't even know what it was,
Nice shot of the root!

Allen said...

I was just staring at celery root in the grocery the other day debating whether I should try one. I didn't have time for this week, but I find it intriguing (same thing with 'buddha hand').

The ugliest thing I've cooked with (ok, so I was with my mom when she cooked it) are 'puffballs'. I grew up on a farm and a puffball is a gigantic soccer ball shaped fungus. I have a pic here. It actually tasted quite good.