It’s Thursday! That means that most folks skipped out early this afternoon/evening to get the jump on their long weekend, but it also means… veggie delivery! This week’s share brought with it — are you sitting down? — no lettuce. I’ll say it again: No Lettuce. No head, no cheerful ball of lettucey greens. No lettuce! To tell the truth, I was almost disappointed after all my googling and recipe-queueing. I was looking forward to the lettuce wraps, after all.
Still! It was a pretty impressive haul (supplemented in cukes by a friend farmer in Lanark, where apparently they have rain!). This week, our share was…
Turnip greens (plus mini-turnips!), beet greens (…hurray.), mesclun mix, cucumbers (including a fun yellow heirloom variety) and a choice of napa cabbage or Swiss chard — I went with the chard because of the fun rainbowey stems and also because we haven’t tried them yet.
Edit: I almost forgot! The share also included a beetle which was subsequently crushed under a rolling cucumber. And no, I did not set it in motion on its arthrocidal course — it was fate!
(Uh, while I am looking forward to it, I’m also a little unsure how to deal with them since they do look, leaf-wise, intimidatingly like collards. Any favourite ways to serve up chard?)
Thanks to the “wrap in damp towel” advice (thanks Maria and Jen!), my beet greens actually survived very respectably last week — and left me with a damp towel in which to microwave some spuds to boot! Having now proven that it works, I’ve wrapped up this week’s shipment of beet greens, and I have high hopes for them toughing out the long weekend in the fridge. Not that I’m stalling on eating them or anything, ahem.
Oh, speaking of last week’s vegetables, my stir-fry that I’d planned for tonight? Despite being a “clean out the fridge” meal, it actually turned into the prettiest thing I’d served all week — a happy rainbow of red pepper, grated carrot, red onion, green onion, wax beans, napa cabbage and yellow chow mein. (I know, the rice. I decided it could be used for a pilaf or something this weekend.)
So, what am I doing with this week’s veggie riches? Not too sure yet, although with a whole long weekend at home, I’m pretty happy about the possibilities. For the moment, my rough plan is looking like…
Turnip latkes* with garlicky braised chard (unless someone can suggest something better!) and roast beast. (Pork? Beef? Who knows what I’ll dredge out of the freezer!) Beau’s-wurst elk sausage.
* I reserve the right to get lazy and just roast ’em instead of grating them up, etc. These were great! I would totally make them again!
Chicken stew (with snuck-in greens!), mesclun and beet green salad, along with some rolls I’m hoping to bake this weekend.
Ham Bacon-wrapped pork snagglins over creamy mashed potatoes with wilted beet green broccoli and bacon salad, and turnip greens.
Cucumber salad (with some red onion and maybe tomatoes?) and Tandoori chicken over leftover greens “enhanced” rice pilaf.
Beef con queso with mish-mash of any and all leftover veggies in.
Given The Boy’s list of house projects for the weekend, I’m foreseeing a couple nights where we just throw together some of the easy dinners I have stashed in the freezer (have I mentioned I love having a chest freezer?), as well as a barbecue at a friend’s house, so this seems pretty realistic.
On another note, I think it’s been awhile since I’ve posted an egregious example of kitten cuteness, so I’ll balance out all this veggie-talk with some kitty posturing:
My cats are clearly ready for the long weekend. Are you?