what to do with too much fennel?

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  1. CWH

    CWH Funster Life Member

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    My order's just been delivered from Cornish Food Market.
    OK, so I meant to order one fennel bulb & actually ordered a kilo.
    I like fennel in moderation - few chips in salads, stews etc, but 1 bulb usually lasts me a fortnight.
    Any ideas please what I can do with 3 big fat bulbs???

    I did the same a while back with onions - meant to order 3, got 3 kilos. Found a lovely recipe for "golden onion & cider soup" - yummy!
     
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    How about some Fennel & Cider soup?
     
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    This is a fabulous recipe for Braised Fennel served as an accompanying vegetable to Roast Beef:

    4 Fennel Roots (Bulbs)
    Juice of half a lemon
    2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (or Butter)
    Quarter Pint of Chicken Stock (cube)
    Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

    Wash and trim Fennel Roots and cut in half lengthwise.
    Put in pan with lemon juice, olive oil or butter and stock.
    Season to taste with Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper. Cover pan and cook slowly until tender - 30 to 40 minutes.

    For larger quantities just double or triple braising ingredients.

    I have another version of this recipe which says:

    Five minutes before you remove vegetables from heat, stir in 2 teaspoons of butter and 2 level teaspoons of flour mixed to a smooth paste. Just before serving sprinkle with finely chopped parsley.

    I don't do this as I prefer the original recipe as it is very digestible and I feel it doesn't really need thickening.

    Hope you enjoy either version.(y)
     
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    oven roost fennel with carrots and parsnip and if worst come to worst bin
    bill
     
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    an interesting thought
    2 tasty sounding ideas
    Bill, how do you know me so well???
     
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    Grate with potato into an oiled oven proof dish, cheese on top and bake in the oven.

    You can freeze the cooked gratin.

    My daughter-in-law pours cream into it before she puts the cheese on top.

    I sometimes add carrot for a bit of colour.

    It takes 45 mins to an hour for an 8 inch round deep dish.
     
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    freezing extras is always a good option - Him Indoors isn't a fan
     
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    chop up with onions all the old veg in your kitchen in to a big pot with a ham end soup to warm you on a winters day
    bill
     
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    How about slicing it thinly,adding some Liquid (wine,water) and using it as a bed to cook fish on ?
     
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    Cooking the half price lamb I bought after Christmas in Sainsbury for tea today. It has been in the freezer.....

    The bone will be used for soup stock and the excess meat used in salad, other meals and frozen.

    Very little wate in this house.
     
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    Sorry CWH,

    That was tongue-in-cheek, an attempt at humour if you like.

    But, to be serious, I have found three recipes which may interst you.
    1: Fennel , Orange and sun-dried Tomato soup.
    2: Fennel, Pear and Red Pepper soup.
    3: Mushroom and Fennel hot-pot. (This is a slow cooker recipe and,
    no joking, it contains Cider).

    If interested send me a P.M.

    Stef.
     
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    smoke it mixed with hash?
     
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    I thought as much, but still it sounds good with a few extras added!
     
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    What would happen if you planted it in your garden, it might overwinter and take off in the spring ?
     
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    I wouldn't be able to harvest it then, I'll be taking off in spring too! :LOL:
     
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    So many great ideas here folks, thanks so much, you given me lots to go on. Sounds as though you think fennel goes well with all sorts of veg, and all sorts of fruit too.
    My usual way of cooking is to gather ideas and then make something up based on that and what I have around in the house. I might have to have a bit of a play... :nerd:
     
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    Well, in the end what I did was:
    1] watercress, fennel & orange salad
    2] warm salad of watercress, fennel, orange, red pepper & cheese
    3] sliced potato, onion & fennel (4 meals in the freezer)
    4] winter veg stew of turnip, sweet potato, courgette, carrot, fennel, tomato, onion (4 meals in the freezer)
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    So thanks for all the inspiration folks!
     
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    Just finished the last of these soupy-stewy-casseroley things and really enjoyed the lot, so thanks everybody for your ideas - Funsters to the rescue as always! :D
     
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