I remember there are quite a number of veggies that I absolutely hated when I was a kid. Ginger, green onion, celery, garlic…you know, things with pungent flavor. Now, there’s pretty much no veg that I don’t like, but fennel is one of those I stubbornly have a negative feeling with, but odd enough, its sculptural appearance always allure me to grab one in my shopping cart. This beautiful looking fennel’s been sitting in my fridge for a week, and I haven’t done anything with it yet, so I decided to give it one more try–this time, raw–shaved thin, paired with Granny Smith apple, with a creamy vanilla dressing made out of 2 tbs. of creme fraiche, 1 tbs. champaign vinegar, 1 tbs. extra virgine olive oil, 1 tbs. honey, 1 tsp. vanilla paste, freshly ground pepper, Fluer de sel and a little dried red chili flakes to add a subtle kick and contrast color. Raw shaved fennel’s got a crisp clean flavor with a lovely licorice-y taste. I think I fall for fennel now=) Plus, fennel thorns make perfectly beautiful garnish!