Saturday, November 5, 2011

But What Do I Do with the Fennel?

Today I got my first ever Bountiful Baskets. a basket that is 50% fruit and 50% vegetables. You should check it, its pretty cool.

This week the basket was:

  • Cabbage
  • Red Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Fennel
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Black Berries
  • Pears
  • Kiwi
  • Watermelon
I am very excited. My sister, mom and several friends have all participated in the Bountiful Basket experience. I have wanted to do it for ever but I am not much of a morning person especially on Saturday but I finally bite the bullet and ordered one. Imagine my surprise when I didn't have to pick it up until 10:15AM. I can do that easy peasy.

But now I am looking at this assortment of food thinking what in the hell am I going to cook. The fruit is easy to deal with but all the vegetables!!!!

Okay so I am only worried about one vegetable.....The Fennel. I already have ideas and plans for everything else. But what the hell am I going to do with a Fennel. I don't think I a have ever eaten a Fennel. I am guessing you eat the big bulb part but the stalks and "leaves" (or whatever they are called) look good I bet you can do something with them also.

Do you have any ideas???

If so PLEASE leave a comment with a recipe or a link to a recipe or just suggestion on what I should do. I would hate for the poor thing to be wasted.


  1. We got the exact same basket!
    Ok, the fennel is probably the most delicious vegetable ever, unless you can't stand anise-y flavors. It goes super well with lemon and pepper flavors. Slice it up (bulb, stems, leaves and all), and saute it with a little olive oil, lemon, and pepper. Or, slice it up paper-thin and douse it with lemon-pepper salad dressing.
    Both ways are super delicious. The salad is my favorite side for with Italian food, like pizza or pasta.

  2. Dear cousin thank you. That gives me some great ideas.

  3. We sataed our bulb with onion and made a white bean soup that everyone loved . we choped the leaves and made tuna sandwiches. I am going to make potatoes agratin and slice the stacks thin and use them in it .its been fun to get a different veggie

  4. We have been trying a similar produce thing here. I wish it was a 50/50 split with fruit. It cracks me up but it is all organic. (My own garden produce is not organic.) Anyway, I haven't run into fennel yet, but I have run into a bunch of other strange ones. One of the best fixes for the weird ones we keep getting is to throw some butter or olive oil and garlic in a wok (the recipe I saw included ginger but I don't have fresh ginger.) Heat it up a slowly to infuse the garlic in the oil without burning the garlic. Then you throw in the vegi and saute until tender. Most of my kids like it. (It's almost impossible to get them all to like it.) I don't know if garlic would match the anise flavor though??? Here is the link to the original recipe. I didn't do the broth part.

  5. Thank you Aunt Natalie and Sandi. I am very excited to try. Im not sure if The BF is as excited.

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