Friday, June 13, 2008

Going green...CSA week 1

Week one of the CSA is supposed to be the "slow" week...when not much is ready yet so you just get a few things. Well, if this is "slow", we're going to be eating like kings this summer!

In case you can't identify it all from the picture above, here's what we got this week:
  • 3 different types of lettuce
  • 1 lb of spinach (we actually only took about 1/2 lb just because we wanted to try everything and felt like a pound was a bit overwhelming)
  • Bok choy
  • Tatsui
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Radishes
  • 2 pints sugar snap peas
  • 1/2 pint of strawberries (we ate most of that in the field :)
  • random herbs including chive flowers
Pretty cool, huh? Here's what I'm planning to make:
  • Chive flower omelettes loosely following this recipe. However, I'm going to throw in some feta as well, as what doesn't taste better with cheese?
  • Shrimp and Chinese cabbage egg rolls
  • Seared sea scallops with garlicy wilted tatsui
  • P.F. Chang's chicken lettuce wraps (well, maybe. The recipes I've found call for red chile paste, and wouldn't you know, the only red chile paste at our supermarket had peanuts in it! That's a no go in our allergy house! So I'm not sure if I should omit it, try to find a substitute, or just make something entirely different. Any suggestions for me?
  • Taco salad (I have local ground beef as well...yum!)
  • Spinach and artichoke au gratin
  • Salad. And more salad.
  • Sun brewed mint iced tea

Any other ideas for me? I'm loving this!

Time to get cooking!

Random unrelated thought: I've proven conclusively that my psychic powers are on the fritz with my SYTYCD predictions. I'm currently tied for LAST in my betting pool. I said Rayven would make it to the top 10! How did she get voted out? I loved her, I loved her solo, and I loved her attitude when she got voted out. Goodbye Rayven, we barely knew thee. And damn those judges for not getting rid of Jessica!


Mary Ellen said...

Radishes!! Yum, yum.
I've seen some interesting recipes for grilled bok choy, but I haven't tried it that way myself. I think it might be good with the scallops!

Snickollet said...

I have some really, really good Korean red-chile paste that would be great in the lettuce wraps. If it's peanut-free (I've never checked--had it before Riley was diagnosed with the allergy and have not used it in anything cooked for the twins), I'll pass some along to you. It's SO GOOD.

Also: I want to come eat at your house again. Everything sounds so good! Can't wait to hear more from CSA-land.

And one more thing: I watched the SYTYCD results show last night. I also liked Rayven. But I also liked Jessica, although I did not see her whole performance, just the recap on last night's show.

Anonymous said...

i've got SERIOUS CSA envy. WOW! i think think the CSA i wanted to join grows tatsoi too - 'though i know NOTHING about it.

i would LOVE to have the lettuce wrap recipe (hint, hint).

i love me some good, fresh radishes - YUM! enjoy!