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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Little Pot of Spring & a Singing Neep


When I did the food shopping on Monday I saw this luscious little pot of Spring daffs in Morrisons for just 66p.  I couldn't resist them for that price.  Similar ones are on sale in Poundland so these were a steal.  So loverly.... :)



Now on a different subject entirely, I love mashed swede but hate preparing the things as cutting them into chunks ready to cook hurts my hands.  Has anyone heard of the Singing Neep?  I don't know how to post a link but if you Google Singing Neep on U-Toob there is a video explaining how to do it.  I just wiped the swede clean  (no piercing required either) placed it onto a plate in the microwave and zapped it for about 20 minutes, turning it over half way through.  I was sure it would explode but..no...it cooked it perfectly.  After a little rest (the neep, not me...lol)  I just cut it open and scooped out the flesh....


.....which was then gently mashed a little more in a bowl with a fork...perfect mashed swede.



Apparently, the name comes from the sound the swede makes when it's cooking.  I can't believe I have had to wait until my 65th year to find this super little trick.
 
Has anyone else tried this? Any more tips I have missed during my lifetime of cooking?
 
 
Thanks so much for popping in x

10 comments:

  1. What a fab idea, this is how Mr Twigs makes his scrummy mashed potato. The daffs are great a little pot of Spring
    Twiggy

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    1. Yes, I must try quick potato mash made this way too :)

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  2. What a brilliant idea, I love swede but hate the prep so this way would be perfect. Thank you for sharing xx

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  3. That's a great idea. I don't like mashed swede by itself but I like it mixed with potato on top of a cottage pie.x

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  4. I am definitely going to try that method. I tend to cut into small pieces - hurting hands pushing on knife. I swear the one I cooked last week must have been several years old. After boiling for an hour it still wasn't really soft. I mashed it hard but we ended up with chewy bits in our mouth. I should have said it was posh 'crushed swede' thanks for tip.

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    1. You are very welcome, Kentish Maid. I'm all for making life a bit easier, 'crushed swede' sounds very posh!

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  5. In our house this is known as 'screaming swede', again due to the noise it makes whilst cooking!
    I think you get far more flavour from doing it this way than boiling or steaming, plus no pan to wash, so it's a win win situation!

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  6. Less washing up is definitely a bonus!

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