For various reasons, the past two weeks have been hinky when it comes to recording CSA stuff—my iPhone camera failed me a couple of times, I was too busy to record the last shipment, stuff like that. But here's some of last week's that I meant to post and didn't; I promise that things will be better from here on out.
CSA Week #8
I highly recommend breaking down a CSA shipment or a farmer’s market run as soon as you get it home. For instance, I pulled apart all the basil and put it in a produce-preserver, did the same to the purslane, and cut up the corn. It took some time, but it was a weekend and I was just listening to turntable.fm and drinking coffee during that time anyway. Later, when time is more precious, you’ll be grateful that it’s already broken down. Plus, it’s messy, so why not just make one mess to clean up instead of a number of messes?
I had a little time to kill but wasn’t making dinner, so I decided to make the zucchini into a soup. It’s simple: zucchini, onion, veggie broth, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, parsley. Puree it when it’s all cooked. I put it in the fridge to eat later.
Took the corn, the peppers and the purslane and cooked it with black beans, onion, and garlic. Flavored it with a Goya packet and some of the parsley. Served it with tortillas and salsa verde.
Using a variation of this recipe, I put the watermelon, cucumber, basil and a tomato from the farmer’s market together, dressed it in balsamic vinaigrette and goat cheese.
It turned out to be good that I had made the soup beforehand, because I was able to slap together a soup-and-sandwich dinner in 15 minutes before I settled into a really late night of working on policy wonking type journalism. Lesson learned: pre-prepping food can be a real life saver. The sandwiches were just tomato, cheese, cucumber and basil sandwiches, and I added a dollop of yogurt to the soup. Peaches for dessert.
I got a very similar shipment, with corn, melon, zucchini, that sort of thing. I didn't record what I made, because I was so far behind, but here's a sample of things that are like what I did with it all: