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    • vickylee
    • By vickylee 2nd Aug 05, 1:07 PM
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    Fennel - Suggestions please!
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 1:07 PM
    Fennel - Suggestions please! 2nd Aug 05 at 1:07 PM
    OK, so they were something new and different that I hadn't tried before and they were only 2 bulbs for 50p. Having sliced and sprinkled some on salad, I'm now at a bit of a loss as to what else I can do with it.

    Does anyone have any suggestions/ideas/recipes?

    Thanks!
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 2nd Aug 05, 1:17 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 1:17 PM
    This looks very nice

    http://www.thatsmyhome.com/venettos/pork-loin-fennel.htm


    It's very nice chopped raw and added to a salad too
    Last edited by squeaky; 06-01-2006 at 9:40 AM.
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  • Badgergal
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 2:19 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 2:19 PM
    Fennel is really nice if you slice it onto some foil, lay a salmon fillet on top and bake with some herbs and lemon juice for 20 mins (you close up the foil into a parcel). The flavour compliments fish.
  • lady_lucan
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 3:13 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 3:13 PM
    Also good in risotto, or simply served like asparagus (steamed/lightly boiled) with some butter as an accompaniment to white meat.
  • Loadsabob
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 3:26 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 3:26 PM
    Fennel is really nice if you slice it onto some foil, lay a salmon fillet on top and bake with some herbs and lemon juice for 20 mins (you close up the foil into a parcel). The flavour compliments fish.
    by Badgergal
    Following on from Badgergal's suggestion, I saw this recipe on Full On Food last week. I don't know what "lardo" is, and I'm sure the recipe would work without!
    • se999
    • By se999 2nd Aug 05, 3:38 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 3:38 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 3:38 PM
    I use fennel if I've got any as part of oven roasted mediterranean vegetables:

    As a start I just part boil some potatoes, and cut into chunks (especially nice with new potatoes).

    Add any mediterranean vegetables I need to use up in the fridge like fennel, courgettes, aubergines, etc. Cut into chunks. Add peeled small onions (if not any add chunks of normal). Also some peeled whole garlic cloves if you like them or have too much garlic in.

    Toss them in olive oil and sprinkle with any herbs you've got (if you've bought some tomatoes in olive oil or similar anti-pasta, I keep any left over liquid and use that instead).

    Put on an oiled baking tray, add tomatoes (halved) at this point if you have ones needing using. Cook in a medium hot oven for about 20 -25 mins, until potatoes nicely browned..

    Is very nice served with any grilled meat or fish. I use it to clear up odds and ends in the fridge, so mix varies all the time!!
    • vickylee
    • By vickylee 2nd Aug 05, 3:42 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 3:42 PM
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    • 2nd Aug 05, 3:42 PM
    Thanks for all the suggestions. Can't wait to have a go!

    Never thought of chucking it in with the Mediterranean veg type thingy. I do them quite a lot. (I'm a big fan of chop it up and bung it in recipes!)
    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 13th Mar 06, 3:38 PM
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    • 13th Mar 06, 3:38 PM
    What would you do with fennel?
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    • 13th Mar 06, 3:38 PM
    Got some organic fennel at the supermarket reduced to 64p, but don't know what to do with it!!!

    I have in my cupboards:
    chicken breasts
    haddock
    cheese
    flour
    butter
    eggs
    milk
    smoked bacon
    green beans
    baked beans
    chopped tomatoes
    potatoes
    pasta
    rice
    noodles
    herbs and spices

    There's only me to feed - any ideas???
    Last edited by skintchick; 13-03-2006 at 6:52 PM.
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    • pawpurrs
    • By pawpurrs 13th Mar 06, 4:02 PM
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    • 13th Mar 06, 4:02 PM
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    • 13th Mar 06, 4:02 PM
    Femel is best shaved raw in salad or roasted with other veg and olive oil. Or made in to a gratin with cream.

    I know how about braised fennel, with chicken slit down the middle and stuffed with cheese and a bacon slice wrapped around it, cooked in the oven, and served with a jp??? Does that sound any good, feel like I am on ready steady cook, thinking about it that would be a fab thread every night, we could post some ingredients and see what ideas come up.
    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 13th Mar 06, 4:03 PM
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    THanks - how do I do braised fennel?? What IS braising? (I am so thick!)
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    • pawpurrs
    • By pawpurrs 13th Mar 06, 4:07 PM
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    Ingredients
    fennel bulb
    red onion, chopped (white is ok or leave out if no onions)
    25g/1oz butter or margarine
    150ml/ pint vegetable stock



    Method
    1. Preheat a medium ovenproof frying pan.
    2. Preheat oven to a medium-hot heat.
    3. Melt the margarine in the frying pan and saut! onion until soft.
    4. Add the fennel.
    5. When the fennel has browned slightly pour in the vegetable stock.
    6. Bring stock to boil, then simmer for 5 mins.
    7. Transfer the frying pan to oven. Bake for further 5-7 minutes
    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 13th Mar 06, 5:59 PM
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    I have Googled and decvided to have a go at this (no offence to Pawpurrs)(minus the onion as I don't have one and using olive paste instead of chopped olives. oh, and grated cheddar for the cheese)


    Ingredients:
    1 Tbsp. Butter
    1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
    1 Small onion, diced
    1 Small, head fennel, trimmed, cored, and very thinly sliced
    1/4 tsp. Dried basil
    1, 14 1/2 oz can Diced tomatoes
    1/4 cup Pitted olives, coarsely chopped
    1 1/2 lbs. Haddock Loins
    1/4 cup Grated parmesan
    1 cup Shredded mozzarella cheese



    Directions:
    STEP 1:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x-9 inch glass baking dish
    STEP 2: Melt butter with olive oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, fennel and basil and saut! until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and olives and simmer 5 minutes to thicken slightly.
    STEP 3: Place fish in prepared dish. Pour sauce over fish. Sprinkle with cheeses.
    STEP 4: Bake 25 minutes or until fish is cooked through and cheese is golden.



    Wish me luck!!! Will let you know how it tastes.

    Haven;t cooked something new for ages!!!
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  • tootles
    Mediterranean Roasted Veg

    Quarter the fennel
    peel and quarter three or four onions.
    Peel several cloves of garlic
    slice a courgette

    Put the fennel , garlic and onions in a tin with a good sprinkle of olive oil and bake in the oven for about 35 minutes, add the courgette and turn the veg over in the oil, cook for a further 10 - 15 minutes, serve as a side dish with roasted meat. You can put spuds in and also tomatoes if you have some. I cover the tin with foil until I put the courgette in then leave the foil off and allow the veg to brown.
    • recovering spendaholic
    • By recovering spendaholic 13th Mar 06, 9:42 PM
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    I like fennel just simply cut into quarters and roasted in the oven with a little olive oil, sea salt and balsamic vinegar. It is wonderful either hot or at room temperature on a ciabatta.
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  • melancholly
    I started getting fennel in my veg bags (and quite embarrassingly had to google pictures to work out what it was!) - now I like the taste, and I think some people don't, but I just throw it in whatever I'm making - tastes great in a stir fry, or lightly fried with some chicken and put in the oven with some form of sauce.
    There was a great recipe in the sainsbury's magazine over the winter - i'll try and dig it out because i made for a special occasion (as i recall the incredients weren't exactly budget) but it tasted great to me!
    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 14th Mar 06, 9:22 AM
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    Well, I made that recipe I posted above and it was delicious!!! So I am converted to fennel and will try out all your suggestions soon.
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  • lushkat
    Fennel bulbs - what to do with them?
    Hi there

    I got two fennel bulbs in this week's organic box but inspite of looking for recipes on the recipe thread, I cant decide what to do with them.

    Any ideas anyone?
    • Sazbo
    • By Sazbo 10th Jul 06, 4:08 PM
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    Hi

    Found some fennel bulb recipes here

    Think you can also BBQ them on skewers... assuming we ever get some more sunny weather, that is!!

    HTH
    • gwinnie
    • By gwinnie 10th Jul 06, 4:22 PM
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    They're beautiful raw! I discovered this when we stayed with a Sardinian family last year. They laid out raw carrot, celery, tomato and thinly sliced fennel (lengthways), as an accompaniment to the main meal. I do this regularly now.
    • Sazbo
    • By Sazbo 10th Jul 06, 4:26 PM
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    thinly sliced fennel
    by gwinnie
    Gwinnie do you slice it using a mandolin, or just an ordinary knife?
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