|seasonal veg from the market|
I love quince and think it is highly undervalued here as the primary use seems to be for ayva tatlısı /quince dessert ie baked in the oven and served with kaymak or buffalo cream. I love it, yes, but it is so much more versatile than that. Awkward to peel but so easy to cook with an aroma that will fill your house with delight.
|the finished dish of celeriac cooked with quince in orange and lemon juice|
This recipe combines celeriac and quince which are then gently cooked in orange juice and lemon. Both tastes and textures complement each other and the beautiful green of the chopped dill to garnish the dish makes this celeriac dish the perfect zeytinyağlı to round off a meal.
|it's cooked in the juice of 2 oranges like this|
Ingredients for Celeriac with Quince and Orange/Ayva ve Portakallı Zeytinyağlı Kereviz
Serves 6 – 8
|celeriac with quince|
2 large celeriac/kereviz (850 g)
1 large quince/ayva (pron: eye/vah)
2 onions, chopped
½ cup olive oil
Juice of 2 – 3 oranges
1 dessert spoon sugar
1 tsp salt
Juice of 1 lemon + ½ a lemon to make the acidulated water
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
Parsley or dill, to garnish
· Peel the celeriac and slice. Put into a bowl of acidulated water (water with the juice of ½ lemon). This is to keep the celeriac from discolouring.
|halve the slices if too large|
· Halve and then quarter the quince. Peel and remove core. Cut into rough chunks and add to the acidulated water.
|chopping the quince and carrots|
· Peel the carrots and cut into batons.
· Chop the onions, place in the pan with the olive oil, sugar and salt. Cook till soft and transparent. Add the carrots and garlic and mix gently.
|like this ...|
· Add the quince and celeriac, then the orange juice and lemon juice. Cover with the lid and bring to a fast boil. Then lower the heat and cook gently for 40 mins. When the carrots are done, the dish is ready. Leave to cool in the pan.
|adding the juice to the pan|
· Arrange in a shallow dish and garnish with either chopped parsley or dill. Serve at room temperature.
|close-up of the finished dish|
If you like celeriac, have a look at these: