Monday, July 19, 2010

Weeks that Don't Go So Well...

This week's box contained:
  • White Turnips
  • Lettuce (left in trade box)
  • Scallions
  • Strawberries
  • Hamburg Parsley (Parsley Root)
  • Young Walla Walla Onions
  • Heirloom Tomatoes

It was a tough week for us this week for two reasons. First, available time; this was just a busy weekend. Second, the box contents did not really inspire...

Weeks like this happen however, so what did we do?  Probably exactly what most people would do in the same situation:
  • Lettuce: I'm not a salad fan, so I simply acknowledged that and left the lettuce in the swap box for someone else to enjoy.  Curiously enough, there was nothing in our swap box to trade.
  • Strawberries: Ours had already started to mold on pick-up, so they went to the compost pile straightaway.
  • Heirloom Tomatoes:  HEAVEN!  If you are a tomato fan, you don't need to do much to enjoy them when in season.  We ate a few sliced with salt and used the remainder for grilled bruschetta tonight.  See the recipe we regularly follow here.
  • Everything else: Evert-Fresh bags for the win!  I trimmed the foliage and put everything else in storage to wait for time or inspiration.
What do you do when you're at a loss for ideas or without available time?

As I write this I realize I'm a tad more inspired than I originally let on. Scallions are certainly all purpose ingredients, but they shine on their own in Chinese Scallion Pancakes. If you've not tried them, please do. They certainly compliment a meal, but can also be a meal in their own right if you are OK with simple pleasures.

The turnips will surely be roasted. My favorite twist is adding white truffle infused olive oil or garnishing with truffle salt.  Given that the Hamburg Parsley is roastable too, I'll likely toss it in with the turnips.

Last but not least the onions.  I did make a sublime breakfast, quite ad hoc, with these: toasted bagel with cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, and capers ~ really fantastic.  Aside from that, they'll sit with our other onions until we're ready to cook something that calls for them.

Hamburg Parsley

CSAs have a way of making me feel like I need to "do something" with the produce. Evert-Fresh bagshelped me realize there's less time pressure than one might think...

1 comment:

  1. Heirlooms are the BEST ever! I grew three varieties a few summers ago...*sob*...our growing season did not see them through ripeness.