Wait a minute, you might say, Week 3? What happened to Week 2?! Well, both The Boy and I were out of town, and although we’d let The Boy’s sister know where and when to pick up the delivery if she wanted it, she couldn’t make it in time. (As a mom to three young boys, I think that’s excuseable.)
Although I am curious as to what was in the delivery (guesses include radish, lettuce, beet greens and… ? bok choi? mystery veggies?) I’m mostly happy to see the share evolving a little (yay, variety!), as well as not having overshopped the previous week (since we weren’t here!). It occurred to me after the first delivery that although it looks small in a pile, eating my way through it proved that it was a pretty reasonable size.
So, week three:
A head of lettuce, a bunch of radishes (much bigger in girth this time), a bunch of long green onions, bunch of beet greens, and — most exciting for me — a bag of arugula.
Although I’ve had arugula in restaurants before, he warned me that this arugula was quite peppery, and encouraged me to try a leaf. I snapped off a bit in the parking lot and found myself breaking off some lettuce a minute later to quell the burning — that arugula has bite!
Meal plans* for this week?
Bangers and mash with pan-fried radishes (zOMG so good — butter, salt, pepper — go do it) and homegrown beans.
Roasted chicken (thanks Stacey!) with roasties, salad (lettuce, radish, our lone homegrown green pepper, carrots, green onion and sundried tomatoes from last year’s crop), wilted arugula with caramelized onion.
Chicken stir-fry with miscellaneous veggies from a “stir fry kit” found in the fridge (I assume one of last week’s guests did some shopping?) along with beet greens, served over rice.
Pasta (hurray for Italian sausage?) with arugula-onion-lettuce salad (with this dressing — tangy!) and cheesey garlic sliders.
“Green” curry (broccoli, scapes, beans (alright fine, some of them are yellow), probably some peas, green onion) with beef over rice.
* The posted “plans” are the third version of them because, as everyone knows, plans change. Apparently a lot when it comes to dinner in our house.
One thing that I have noticed about the veggies shipped by the CSA is that they tend to wilt and, well, decompose faster than the store-bought veggies. Is this because they were actually ripe when harvested? Possibly because they haven’t been lacquered in a haze of chemicals? Who knows.
What I do know, however, is that Saturday, or two days after their delivery, the huge green onions I’d mentioned were looking pretty sad. So, I opted for the fridgeless solution of stuffing them in the vase in which I’d already put Maria’s scapes. I call it folk art. Edible folk art.