CSA Week 5 and 6

July 29th, 2010 by alan

CSA Week 5 was kind of weak, to be honest…

The green beans were pretty good.  The dill was nice.  But I am sick of squash.  Probably because I don’t particularly like it at all.  And eggplant scares me.  It’s all purple and weird.  Most of my usage of the CSA this week was in salads.  Good salads, but nothing to write home about.  Also, last week I got The Flavor Bible.  That book is awesome.  It told me that dill went well with grean beans, and it did.  I threw some cashews in there too.  Pretty awesome.

This week my co-CSAer is going to Puerto Rico, so he didn’t want his half of the share.  I gave away a good amount of food (Most of the zucchini and squash), but I kept 90% of the potatoes and the entire onion.

I don’t know what the big bok choi looking thing.  Maybe they’re fordhook?  Carmen?  Who knows.  I haven’t tried them yet, so it’s still a mystery!  I did put the potatoes, onion, basil, garlic and some chicken in tinfoil and threw it on the grill.  The chicken ended up a little dry, but the veggies were quite nice.  Onions were still pretty flavorful and the potatoes were cooked almost perfectly

Yum.  I still have the eggplant from last week.  I think I’m going to make a little bit of eggplant caviar… Then I need to figure out how to use my half pint of currants, plus I have a lot of beets left…. Not sure what to do about those bad boys either.

CSA Week 3 and 4

July 15th, 2010 by admin

Two weeks ago, I got:

According to the website, that includes: Mei Qing choi, Fordhook or Rhubarb Chard, Lincoln leeks, Purple mizuna, Parsley, Sugar Snap peas, Peppers, Multipik and Cashflow Squash, Hakurei turnips.  Mei Qing choi, purple mizuna, Multipik?  Are they just making stuff up.  Plus, look at that purple pepper.  That thing was awesome looking.

Unfortunately, purple peppers taste like green peppers.  In other words, gross.  For food, I had some salads and what not.  Plus made some stir fry:

It was all right.  Most exciting thing:  I got some delicious snap peas.  Boy, do I love snap peas.

This week, we got:

CSA Week 4

Most important thing of note:  I got more snap peas!  Hurray!  Stir fried up some chicken, cashews and vegetables again.  This time I added some cinnamon and tumeric.  I was hoping to recreate my last Moroccan adventure.  I don’t really know what I did wrong, but it was not nearly as awesome.  Maybe the lemon I added last time was a stroke of genius?  It wasn’t bad, the chicken wasn’t quite as juicy.  Although the vegetables were quite fresh tasting, and it grew on me throughout the meal

Stir Fried Veggies with Chicken

I must say, CSAs are pretty fun.

CSA: Week 2

June 30th, 2010 by alan

Today is the last day of the second week of my CSA: Beets or turnips, Cilantro, Frisee, Garlic scapes, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mustard greens, Radishes, and Scallions

On the first day, I tried roasting some turnips.  I have never really had turnips before, and I definitely haven’t cooked it before.  I tried combining the turnips with some garlic scapes (which are my new favorite vegetable), scallions and kohlrabi with some oil and other spices.  Meh.  I don’t like turnips.  They are bitter and boring at the same time.

The next day, I was in a moraccan mood.  I cut up the garlic scapes, frisee, scallions and some onions and began stir frying it with some turmeric and cinnamon.  After the onions had become transparent, I added two chopped chicken breasts and half a lemon worth of juice.  I have to say, it was quite delicious.  For an added bonus I threw it on top of some red leaf lettuce… yum.

Tonight, I wanted to get some mexican food.  I thought I’d try to make something mexican.  But, I had run out of chicken, and didn’t really know what I was doing.  I stir fried some rice with garlic scapes, scallions, frisee.  I added cayenne pepper and cumin and some cheddar cheese.  It was really dull.  I tried adding some tuna to get some kind of something.  Still kind of dull.  Finally, I added some lime juice.  With that, it wasn’t half bad… Not great, but definitely edible.

Stir Fried Rice with Scallions, garlic scapes, frisee and tuna

And that’s the last meal.  I didn’t seal up my packages very well, so I did waste a good amount of the frisee (that stuff wilts quick!).

I can’t wait until tomorrow for the new adventure!

CSA

June 17th, 2010 by alan

I joined an CSA this year.  The Alleged Farm, to be exact.  I looked at a lot of CSAs, but they won for two major reasons:  First, they deliver directly to my office… can’t really beat that.  Secondly, and more importantly, they don’t seem to grow green peppers.  Green peppers are gross.  So not having to deal with green peppers is quite exciting to me.

Today was the first delivery.  This week had: Arugula, Basil, Beet greens, Bok choi, Garlic Scapes, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Parsley.  And… now the embarrassing part:  I don’t know what arugula, beet greens, bok choi, garlic scapes or kohlrabi looks like.  To be honest, I am still not sure what I ate.

Parsley, basil, and lettuce?  Easy.  Kohlrabi is pretty easy to identify.  But, now things started to get confusing.  Bok Choi is supposed to be white, I thought… But I guess young bok choi is green?  I had never really heard of garlic scapes.  Originally, I misidentified the arugula… But I guess they are just greens? But, now I’m confused.  I am supposed to have beet greens… I assume those are the leafy red things.  Which leaves me with two bonuses:  Scallions and radishes?

But it was delicious.  Kohlrabi totally tastes like mild broccoli.  Those scallion looking things taste like garlicy scallions (maybe they are scallions, but they were so close to the garlic scapes they took on that flavor?).  Garlic scapes are pretty good, but a little overwhelming.  The “radishes” were pretty good, although the greens attached tasted like grass.

So, after tasting everything plain, I decided to stir fry them all together with a little balsamic vinegar.  Talk about overwhelming, the flavor was quite good but every bite was a little of an adventure.  It was pretty fun to eat it in the dark, depending on what I ate I either got a very mild bite of kohlrabi, or nearly knocked over by the garlic scapes and scallions.

Finally, I threw some of the scallion, garlic scapes, basil in a frying pan with marinara sauce, sugar snap peas and pasta I had left over and made a pretty awesome vegetable marinara.

Spaghetti

I still have a pile of veggies in the fridge…