Sunday, May 31, 2009

Box Contents May 29, 2009

This week's box contains:
  • Thyme
  • Mustard Greens
  • Purple Scallions
  • Spinach
  • New Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Summer Squash
  • Radishes
  • Gold Beets (we got spinach instead)
Lots still on hand from past boxes, most in great shape thanks to the Evert-Fresh bags.

Tonight I made Quick Radish Pickles from a Gourmet Magazine post:
Quick Radish Pickles
makes about 1 cup

6 oz radishes (about 7), quartered
3 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 (1-inch) piece peeled ginger, cut into thin matchsticks (1 tablespoon)

Toss radishes with 1 tsp salt in a bowl and let stand 30 minutes. Drain in a sieve but do not rinse. Heat vinegar with sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add radishes, then stir in ginger. Transfer to a small bowl and marinate, chilled, at least 2 hours.

Cooks’ note: Radishes can be marinated up to 1 day.

Recipe by Melissa Roberts
I substituted agave nectar for the white sugar. My plan is to let these sit for a day or two, then finely dice and toss with chopped baby mustard greens, barley, toasted sesame oil, and ume plum vinegar.

I am at a loss for what to do with so much thyme - a full bunch. Infused vinegar came to mind, so I did some research. I found a few recipes for thyme infused cider vinegar, good for use in the kitchen and the bath. It's infusing now -- I'll let you know how it goes.

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