|Gobo (Burdock Root...Arctium lappa) and Asparagus|
A recipe today for one of my favorite vegetables--Gobo, Burdock root in English.
Kinpira Gobo (I'll post that recipe the next time I make it:-)) is the most common way to eat that looong brown root, and it's also my kids' favorite. But I was making Gobo and Ham Salad today, so I'll just put this up first.
Diana just got four pounds of asparagus for *free* (yes, that's a note of jealousy you detect there;-)). I figure she could use a couple of extra recipes to use up all that asparagus...
|Greater, or Edible, Burdock (A. lappa)|
"The taste resembles that of artichoke, to which the burdock is related."
Figurez-vous... The photo to the left is the plant itself, which I've never noticed before (but will keep my eyes peeled for now that I know what to look for). That's not the bit you eat, though-- you eat the tap root, which can be a meter long. Sticks right up out of any shopping bag you care to put it in.
In any case, rinse it once you've got it home, then scrape off the brown with the edge of your big knife. Cut into pointer-finger length pieces (making sure that your own finger is not mixed in), then julienne.
Go to the store and pay a dollar for five stalks of asparagus. And get some thin, sliced ham, too (any kind you like). Cut the asparagus stalks into about four pieces and steam (I put it in the microwave for 2 minutes). Cut the ham into strips.
|Saa....tto yudete! (Parboil)|
Parboil the julienned Gobo (say, oh, a minute or a minute and a half) and drain. Set aside.
Now comes my favorite bit-- the dressing! *So* easy, and tastes good with practically everything (including your finger dunked in there).
1 1/2 Tbsp mayo (any kind you like)
2tsp ground white sesame
1tsp soy sauce
Put all that into a small bowl and mix it up. Lick finger. Done. Well, almost--now you have to put it on your vegetables...
The original recipe called only for Gobo and ham--but I love asparagus, too, so I threw in some of that. Either way--suit yourself:-))
Dozo! Ippai o-meshiagatte kudasaimase! (Please eat lots!:-))