Cross posted at Sprouting Off.
My neighbor went out of town for two weeks (please don’t rob his house). ?Before he left he asked if I could collect his mail and recycle his papers. ?I agreed since he is a nice guy. ?If he were an asshole I might steal some of the plants in his yard and replace them with crappy ones. ?Good thing he doesn’t have very many good plants and that he’s nice. ?Anyway, he also asked if we could use some fresh produce. ?Um, yes. ?We can always use fresh produce (she says as she ignores the 3200 square feet of vegetable garden and that every other week box of organic produce that comes to her doorstep). ?Why YES! ?Bring it on. ?He said that he gets a weekly CSA share from Zestful Gardens and that we are more than welcome to pick it up for the next two weeks. ?He would let them know that it would be us picking it up and that we would collect it at a church in the North end. ?The next day he arrives with a note about where to pick up the produce and other things. ?The note says he gets a full farm share, a greens share and 2 dozen eggs… on Tuesdays. ?As in every week. ?We weren’t sure what we were in for and we went to pick up the share and then to the farmer’s market.
The Zestful truck parks in a church parking lot and like any other CSA they put out their wares and a board that says what that week’s share is. ?You then go through and fill your bags. ?We walked away with 2 giant bok choi, 2 head of endive, 1 bunch of radishes, 1 bunch of chard, 1 bunch of chives, 1/3 pound of snow peas, 1/2 pound of snap peas, 1/2 pound of salad greens, 1/2 pound of spinach (that was the farm share). ?We also got a Chinese cabbage (the greens share) and 2 dozen eggs. ?Needless to say we didn’t buy any vegetables at the farmer’s market.
To add to it we have bunches of spinach (leftover from his last week share and our garden), 3 bunches of radishes (leftover from his last week share and our vegetable box), mustard greens, salad mix (from our vegetable box and the gobs from our own garden), kale, spring onions, spring garlic and carrots.
The question is, what do I do with all of this? ?I’m going to get another farm share next week and our vegetable box and I have stuff coming ready in my own garden. ?Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, but I can only eat so many salads a day. ?I may have to add a 3rd breakfast salad.
So give me your best suggestions. ?Given everything in my fridge, give me your best recipes. ?Help me out here. ?What would you make with all of this stuff?
Veggie lasagna? Stir fry? Some sort of pesto variant? Do any of those greens freeze well for cooking with later on? I know most greens don’t freeze well (uck…frozen spinach) but to use in soups, sauces or the like?
Gee, that was helpful, huh! Sorry, haven’t had any coffee yet….
Oh, and FREE blueberries? Dang, you live in a WONDERFUL place!
stir fry that bok choy! Fritata, quiche, cook up some veggie beef or chicken soup and put in the beans and freezer for later.
Slaw for bbq. Stuffed cabbage for the freezer.
recipes.com…one of my favorite stomping grounds! Searching for my
restaurant fav’s is also a good way to use up those veggies. 😉
Tonight’s selection was creamy bok choi with noodles (used up the snow peas and some of the bok choi). For breakfast I had a spinach omelette and at lunch everyone ate salad.
Did I mention the over abundance of radishes we have too? They shall now be added to all salads eaten in our house.
I think you should just invite us all over for dinner 🙂
Sandwiches with a schmear of cream cheese and thinly sliced radishes are yummy.
Bring some stuff to me this weekend 🙂
Ribbolita – its a veggir filled stew/soup. Uses tons of greens – we make it this time every year and freeze it. Its the only way all our CSA greens do not go to waste! Rachel Ray http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=3219 has a great recipe and so does Ina Garten http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/ribollita-recipe/index.html
I’ve not tried it but I’ve heard of people slicing radishes (mandoline style…thin) and sauteing them with a little oil or butter a la hashbrowns. They said it really mellows the flavor and is very yummy. I’ve never had enough radishes to try it.