Sunday, December 11, 2011

Slicing Fennel (Video)

Let's get a few things straight about fennel.  There are fennel seeds used as a spice, and fennel bulb used as a vegetable.  This post is about the vegetable.  It is often sold as "anise," but don't let that scare you.  Even people like me who hate licorice and can only tolerate star anise (that's a spice) in small amounts can be huge fennel fans.

Fennel is the bluefish of the vegetables.  Huh?  Let me explain.  It's the ingredients my students expect not to like in the beginning of class and end up loving by the end of class.  Here is a video on fennel preparation (trimming, coring, slicing thickly for cooking, and shaving on a mandoline for salads or other raw uses).

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