#TurnipForWhat? Yes, you have to see this

America’s First Lady has been channelling a well-known rapper on The White House’s official Vine site in her latest push to promote healthy eating.


She was responding to a cheeky question from Barak Obama impersonator Iman Crosson, who posted a video as part of the #AskTheFirstLady campaign asking her how many calories she burned “every time you ‘turn up’”.


Taking Lil Jon’s hit “Turn Down For What”, Michelle Obama gave the lyrics a veggie twist before boogying with a turnip.


We never doubted that Mrs O could make an impression, but creating a viral sensation by dancing with a turnip for six seconds? It's like watching your parents dance at a wedding: awkward but mesmerising.

So, what else can you do with a turnip?

The roast

A succulent roast lamb works wonderfully with the tasty root veg. Tuck in a bulb of garlic and sprinkle with thyme.

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Roast lamb and turnips

Photo: Homemade


Turn up the heat

Swap your chickpeas for turnips and change your hummus from flat to feisty. Don’t panic, if you’re a hummus traditionalist, you can always garnish with chickpeas.

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Turnip Houmous

Photo: Homemade


Get smashed

Sick of spuds? Try mashing turnips with a sprinkling of thyme or sweet potato.

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What a pickle

If you find turnips a hard sell, try pickling them and serve with a spread of salads, roasted meats or creamy white cheese. 

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Pickled turnips

Erin Stevenson O'Connor/ CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Kirinqueen


Shred 'n' slaw

Swap your carrot and cabbage for turnip and kohlrabi for a fresher twist on coleslaw. The spicy ginger vinaigrette packs a good punch too.

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Turnip slaw

Thebittenword.com/ CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Galant


Slice it up

Creamy, comforting and the perfect accompaniment to pork, a turnip gratin with pancetta will give the traditional spud dish a run for its money. 

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Turnip gratin

Migle/ CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: Migle