December 13, 2008

New Portrait - and a New Mystery!

Oils - Deborah's kids

A fun portrait of Deborah's kids. Aren't they so cute? I was inspired by their pose, and by the square shape of the canvas (16" x 16") to arrange them at the bottom of the frame, echoing a little bit those ubiquitous Raphael cherubs, a detail from a portrait of the Madonna in the Sistine Chapel.

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In other news, it's time once again for everybody's favorite game - Guess That Vegetable! Brought to you by the wonderful farmers from Highland Orchards who provide us with a box of delicious nutrition every week. Today mystery veggie is:

mystery veggies

What on earth are these? From their earthy smell, I'm guessing roots of some sort. That's as far as my horticultural skills will take me, however.

8 comments:

sewtakeahike said...

it looks like it might be ginger root to me? You could scrape some of the outside of it off and smell to see.

Shermanim said...

They are called Jerusalem artichokes. They are quite good, but a pain to peel. Enjoy!

Christie said...

Shermanim is correct! Jerusalem artichokes.

bethieee said...

They're also called sunchokes, which makes a little more sense to me as they have no relationship to an artichoke.

ANI said...

Ditto on the sunchokes, and you have to cook them quite a long time to make them NOT taste like an undercooked potato:)

mwg said...

These look like roots of horseradish (Latin: Armoracia rusticana) to me. You grind them raw to get that wonderful biting horseradish sause.

Caoimhe said...

They're Jerusalem Artichokes or Sunchokes. Just roughly peel the skins, get the knobly bits off and then toss with olive oil, s&p, plus roesmary or some other lovely roasting herb. Delicious. They have a slightly sweet flavour.

Tigermom said...

We love them in our house!