It has been pretty darn chilly here now that winter has arrived - it was 9 degrees celsius this morning! That's cold. It makes Andy go into hibernation mode.
It also leads to numerous oven-baked dinners, which is pretty delicious. Root vegetables always strike me as good cold weather food, so when I saw a box of "Swedes and Turnips" at the market one Sunday I grabbed one and brought it home.
I then set about trying to determine if it is a Swede or a Turnip. Google confused things even more. But I think I've figured it out -- a swede is also known as a rutabaga in the US, "neeps" in Scotland, and "turnips" in Ireland. They're the big ones, and sort of orange. A turnip, though, is smaller and whiter than a swede. And I have no idea what they are called in Scotland and Ireland.
Once I figured out the difference, I had to figure out which vegetable we had. From the outside, I thought: swede.
Then I peeled it, and it looked very white -- not at all orange fleshed, as google suggested would be the case for a swede. So I thought: turnip.
Then I chopped it up, and it was a little bit orange. It also smelled a little bit like a skunk. At this point, I had no idea what this stupid root was.
Then I boiled it, along with some potatoes, in preparation for baking (this is our favourite way to get potatoes that are fluffy inside and crunchy outside without too much oil). After boiling it was definitely orange, so I've finally decided that we bought a swede, rather than a turnip.
After roasting, we served it up with some veggie casserole.
I liked the swede -- mainly because it was something a bit different to usual. Andy wasn't such a fan.