Okay, so first off this is a little late, since the “week one” delivery was actually July 2nd*, but it’s been a bit hectic around here. I figured that come Fall it’d be easier (and fun?) for me to look back on the summer’s produce and be able to see both the shifting range of veggies as well as what I actually made with it.
What have we been busy with? A number of things (definitely need another entry for that), but here’s a hint:
* Yeah, you think that’s a little late for the first harvest too? So do I. Nonetheless, better late than never. The farm has promised to try to extend the season further into October (and hopefully November). We’ll see if I think it was worth it come Fall. For perspective, since there’s just the two of us, we ordered a half-share.
Anyway, getting back to the CSA — what was delivered?
One head of lettuce (I think he said Butterhead?), one enormous bok choi (much to The Boy’s delight), radishes, oregano and garlic scapes (much to my delight).
Did I think it was a bit small? Yes, definitely. That said, however, the delivery date is Thursday, and I tend to do my grocery shopping on Saturday or Sunday, so I had veggies aplenty for this week — in fact I was a little surprised by how many meals I did manage to make out of this.
My meal plan following this delivery was…
Pork chops, rice pilaf (which turned out more like a risotto due to my getting carried away… luurrrved it), braised bok choi
Due to lack of originality when it comes to oregano, I panicked and tried to flavour pretty much everything in this meal with it.
Fake souvlaki-style chicken brochettes (yeah, despite the scary amount of seasoning, this was sadly not nearly as flavourful as it should have been), pseudo-Greek salad, hobo potatoes (like where you stick ’em in a foil pouch with butter and fixin’s and throw it on the grill).
As a bonus, this meal was accompanied by awesome company and board game playing!
Thai curry-spiced stirfry with shrimp, scapes and leftover bok choi over rice.
Chili with crusty bread and candied pecan salad. (Due to a miscalculation on my part I had way too many candied pecans left over. What did I do? Why make pralines & cream ice cream, of course!)
I most likely could have gotten more out the shipment, but at that point The Boy’s parents, sister, two dogs, and three nephews arrived (told you: hectic!). Although I would have been perfectly happy to cook dinners, generally they prefer to go out to restaurants. To be fair, the restaurant selection here is somewhat more varied than in Way Even Further The Heck Up North where they’re from.
Dinner the night they arrived was a bit of a messy affair, since we weren’t really sure what time folks would be arriving, but I managed a pretty good fridge clean-up (on the veggie front anyway). The only thing really left was a couple radishes and a couple sprigs of oregano which isn’t bad at all given how many veggies I’d picked up at the store prior to the CSA delivery.
This, of course, is just as well since we left two days later to head out to a wedding in San Francisco (more busy!). More details on that in a later entry, but since apparently I don’t use enough pictures for some tastes, I’ll wrap up with this: