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Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a flowering plant species in the carrot family. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean but has become widely naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.
It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb used in cookery and, along with the similar-tasting anise, is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Florence fennel or finocchio (UK: , US: , Italian: [fiˈnɔkkjo]) is a selection with a swollen, bulb-like stem base that is used as a vegetable.
Fennel is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including in its native range the mouse moth and the Old-World swallowtail. Where it has been introduced in North America it may be used by the anise swallowtail.
2 x 150gms pork fillet
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 tsp fennel seeds - toasted and partially ground
1 tbsp fresh sage leaves
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
rice flour for coating
2 eggs whisked
Pound out and flatten pork fillets to desired thickness.
Serves 4, Preparation 10 mins, Cooking approx 45 min
6 Italian Fennel pork sausages
Tinned Peeled Plum Tomatoes, 800 g
a teaspoon of Tomato puree/paste in tube
1 onion, sliced
1 bay leaf
3-4 basil leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons
Salt and Black Ground Pepper, a pinch
A little of...
Soft shelled crabs are a seasonal delight on the east coast of the US. They're not cheap, but I can only find them mid spring in these parts. They are Maryland blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus), found in Chesapeake Bay and environs - and they, like all crabs, shed their hard shells annually so...
It's not a traditional soubise since it uses bacon grease instead of butter, but it came out really good.
Serves 2 generously
4 slices thick cut bacon
1/2 pound scallions, spring onions or leeks
1/2 pound fennel bulb plus fronds for garnish
1/2 cup white wine
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup heavy...
Poached Fennel, Apple, and Juniper Mahi-Mahi
About a pound (450 grams) of mahi-mahi fillet, or any other firm white-fleshed fish. Leave skin on, if it comes that way.
1-2 ounces / 30-55 grams dried juniper berries.
1/4 cup / 60 mL gin.
About 6 ounces / 170 grams...
BROILED POLENTA WITH FENNEL SEEDS
4 cups water
1-2/3 cups instant cornmeal
2 TBsp butter
1TBsp fennel seeds
2 Tbsp finely chopped flat parsley
Olive oil, for brushing
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place the water in a pan, add salt to taste, and bring to a boil...
Recipe courtesy of Chef Norman Van Aken. Adapted to a more traditional cooking method, charcoal/wood burning oven/grill.
Makes 4 appetizer/tapas servings or 2 main course. Can be doubled easily.
1 cup Salsa Escalivada (recipe below)
Roasted garlic allioli (recipe below)
1 large eggplant cut...