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Season Veggies with 3 Sauces

Special dressing: Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzeral (such great people, such great singers) Get yourself to heaven!!! (turn player on)

If these veggies were an actor they’d be Brad Pitt, if they were an Island they’d be Seychelles, if they were a trip they’d be one to the moon! They were just extraordinary!!!!!! I’m in heaven!!!Soooooooo GOOD! It’s so easy to be healthy! I’m still so excited because we had them for lunch and we could not stop eating… I had prepared 4 servings and when my daughter and I took a look back to the plate they were nearly gone!! We left some for his father so that he can try them at night for dinner.

Here you see: Artichokes, just the right time to eat them; Zuchinni, so tender and fresh, and Calçots which are similar to green and fresh onions but a bit sweeter and tremendously juicy and tasty. If you follow the link you will see that they are typical from the south of Catalunya, normally barbaqued and dipped in salsa romesco, it is said that they can be aphrodisiac, not to mention the diuretic and digestive properties!

I’m posting this Season Veggies with 3 Sauces for the GAME NIGHT Party Recipes Event at Mansi Desai Blog Fun and Food.

Please take a good look to her site and maybe you come out with a good idea for a Night Party Recipe!!!

Now that is the time to eat Calçots, there’s lots of restaurants here by the coast and in 2 or 3 weeks inland, that announce them in their Menus. Eating them can be a bit messy because the procedure is: take one hot and cooked calçot, peel 2 or 3 of its layers, hold the green leaves with your fingers and dip into the sauce, take it up high over your mouth…. and mmmmm inside! This is why in restaurants you get a pair of plastic gloves and a big bib to avoid stains in the clothes. Everybody looks so funny with those things on!!!

The sauce that normally accompanies calçots is Romesco, that’s why I used here for this veggies recipe, together with Allioli and Soy Vinaigrette, which could also be a good choice.

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For the Soy Vinaigrette I don’t have a picture but here is the recipe: Ingredients: 1 glass of Extra Virgin Olive oil, 1 spoon table of soy sauce, 2 spoon table of Módena Vinegar, some salt and minced parsley. Just mix the ingredients well and you have the sauce ready. Sauces can be prepared in advance and have them ready in the fridge.

To get the veggies done you will need: 3 to 4 calçots or green and tender onions, 2 artichokes, 1 zuchinni (veggies per person). For the coating: Use a big bowl to pour 200 grams of wheat flour, 1 1/2 glass of cold water, 1 egg yolk and salt. Mix all ingredients until you get an homogeneous result.

Wash, clean, dry and cut the veggies, drop them in the flour coating bowl. Meanwhile prepare a saucepan with 2 fingers depth of olive oil and when it’s hot add the coated veggies. They should fry in a medium heat, if you do so, they will be crunchy on the outside and tender inside. Once they are done, place them over some kitchen absorving paper and after they leave all oil in the paper keep them in the oven while you cook the rest to have them warm (80ºC).

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Hope you try this easy recipe… it will surely get you to heaven… mmmmmmm!


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01/24/2008 · 15:26 h by Peter M

I love the idea of deep frying calcots (green onions) and the Soy Vinagraitte sounds very refreshing.

One day I’m going to show up at your place for lunch!

01/24/2008 · 15:30 h by Núria

Sure Peter! You will be more than welcome!!!!!

01/24/2008 · 16:13 h by Mansi Desai

wow Nuria, that’s quite a different way of making fritters:) we make them all the time in India, but your sauces are a class apart!:)

thanks for the lovely entry girl:)

01/24/2008 · 19:02 h by Katy

the brad pitt of veggies?!? YUM!!!

01/25/2008 · 4:08 h by Ben

Yum indeed! I have to start eating more vegetables and this is a way I really want to try them.
I already know what my entry for the Game night party recipes is going to be, I just need to make it and take the pictures.
BTW, It’s ok if you send your entry for my event a little late, I will probably post the voting poll until Tuesday since some participants already asked me kindly to wait a little longer.


01/25/2008 · 5:25 h by Emiline

I love your enthusiasm about vegetables!

If these are the Brad Pitt of veggies, then they must be good. Brad Pitt is from the same town that I live in.
Just thought I’d throw that in there.

01/25/2008 · 7:44 h by Núria

Thank you Mansi!! I’d love to know how you do your fritters, I’ll check your blog to see that.

Buenos días Ben! Thanks for letting me have some more days.
Yes, you should try veggies this way… they are like from other planet! ;-)

Emiline!!!! Really? Have you ever met him on the street? In the market place? In the grocery shop?… anywhere?

01/25/2008 · 9:56 h by Laurie Constantino

These are great Nuria – I love vegetables cooked this way (and I really laughed at the Brad Pitt line)! I also love your sauces. I made Romesco a few days ago to eat with roasted beets. It was so good. I’ve been meaning to write about it, but there’s only so many hours in the day…

01/25/2008 · 13:19 h by Núria

That’s what I think Laurie, days are too short!
Brad Pitt doesn’t need a coating though, mmmhhhhhmmmm. He, he, he.

01/25/2008 · 17:10 h by Heather

I love tempura and pakora, so I know I would love this. Great idea for Game Night!

01/25/2008 · 20:17 h by bee

what a fun dish to eat with bibs on. :D

01/25/2008 · 20:35 h by Núria

Hola Heather! I don’t know what Pakora is… I’ll look for the word. Still laughing when I think about your spicy soup!!!!

It’s true, Bee! I have pictures that show some friends and us with bibs and globes… but I didn’t dare to upload it!!! We looked so silly ;-)

01/26/2008 · 22:58 h by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

YUM YUM YUM Nuria! Isn’t it great that being healthy is so tasty sometimes?! I love both of your sauces – this looks amazing!

01/26/2008 · 23:32 h by Bellini Valli

I can imagine my daughter and I devouring an entire plate of these veggies in one sitting. Thanks for the inspiration Nuria!!

01/27/2008 · 10:09 h by Núria

Hola Val, hola Jenn! Glad you liked it!!! It’s being so hot lately here (up to 20ºC)… during January!!!! Amazing! That I’m in no mood for soups. Veggies sound better!

01/28/2008 · 9:36 h by katiez

Gorgeous aioli! I won’t be eating any calcots again anytime soon, I’m afraid. None here. But I remember fondly!

01/28/2008 · 12:21 h by Núria

So you know about calçots, Katie? Aren’t they great? If you want some, I don’t mind sending them to you… just ask!

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