Wednesday, May 12, 2010
CSA box 2
Here is our "loot" from our 2nd CSA box. We were slightly disappointed to see that there were no oranges this week, since they were so delicious last week. Alas, it comes with the territory. We did get a grapefruit instead though, and a bunch more of those really yummy kumquats. As you can see, we got more strawberries, which we can never have enough of, we like to eat them with yogurt, and our own plant isn't perfect at keeping up with our eating habits.
Some other repeats from last week are: sprouts (though Blake is slacking and still has some in the fridge), avocados (last week's haven't been eaten yet, but they just ripened, so they will be eaten soon, and then these will be ready), limes, red lettuce, chives, mint, and zucchini.
Instead of last week's beets, there are radishes. This will be an interesting challenge for us, since our limited experience with radishes (raw on salads) was not a good one, but I am hoping that all it takes is the right recipe to make radishes a vegetable we like as well. Here are some I am considering: Roasted Radishes with Soy sauce, Baked Radish Chips, or Tomato Mint Quinoa salad. I am leaning most towards the first one as our previous bad experience was raw, I think trying roasting might be a good idea.
Instead of last week's swiss chard and arugula, this week we have what *I think* is kale. We have had no previous experience with kale, and no harvest ticket to go by yet, but looking at pictures... its our best guess (if you have a better one... please share before I make a kale recipe with some other vegetable lol). The main kale recipe that I am leaning towards is this one: Orzo with Kale, and this one is runner up (at the moment) Winter Vegetable Hash. If we are right, and it is kale, it means that we have a very healthy meal in our future: "Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties; kale is considered to be anti-inflammatory.Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. " (From wikipedia).
We also got some snap peas, and we are excited to eat them both raw, and in a yummy vegetable risotto that we have made often in the past (the recipe also calls for zucchini, parsley and feta, all of which we already have on hand).
In other news... we saw a huge swarm of bees in our front yard this morning. The pictures don't even come close to doing it justice, but all those tiny yellow dots are bees, and it was a very freaky experience having to walk by all of them to walk the dog and go to dinner etc.... and I'm not even one to mind bees in general, but when there is a lot of them... ehhh shudder.
Edit- Email from grower confirmed it was kale! Yay for our culinary detective skills :-D. Found one more recipe to compliment greek pita night tonight- Kale sauteed