I’ve been traveling for the past couple of weeks and had to cancel two CSA deliveries – so sad, I know. The only good part was that I got to order extra items to stock up my refrigerator again (yes, I’m a food nerd).
My vegetable drawer was completely empty – kale, celery and carrots were a definite must to order. I’ve also been having a lot of broccoli and cauliflower this winter, and included them again this time around. I love the flavor of sweet potatoes with kale, and the Japanese sweet potatoes are especially delicious.
I’ve been sticking with apples for the past few weeks as my fruit of choice – I love having an apple in the afternoon with some cheese or some nuts.
This week may just be the last time I order garlic for a very long time. I use a lot of it in all our meals, and each little clove of garlic from my deliveries is extremely potent, so it lasts quite a while. However, this winter, we planted about four rows of garlic in our garden. I’m extremely excited to have lots of fresh green garlic in the spring followed by the bulbs when we harvest them.
We also have arugula in the garden right now, and right now I can’t quite think of the logic behind why I chose to order it – I blame the holidays for my space cadet moment.
This week had a lot of basics – after eating up a storm over the past few weeks, I decided it was best to keep our meals simple this week. Broccoli, red potatoes, carrots and celery completed the delivery which are all great ingredients to have on hand when you want some soup for a cozy, winter meal.
This week’s delivery included two new items being offered by the farm. The first was escarole, which is part of the endive family and tastes quite similar to radicchio. The second was Portugese cabbage, which to me, looked just like collard greens – it will be interesting to see if it tastes any different.
The bunch of broccoli is huge this week! I think it needs to be used with an alfredo sauce over pasta this week. Leeks and celery completed the vegetable roundup for this week.
Pomegranates are always so delicious, but is such a pain to prep (and I always end up with red stains all over my clothes). Last week, I soaked the pomegranate in a bowl of water after separating most of the seeds and which allowed the fibers to float to the top of the bowl – it made separating out the seeds a lot easier! Yay for new techniques!
They say that to have a well balanced diet, you need to eat the rainbow (and I don’t mean Skittles) – based on this week’s delivery, I’ve got some work to do to bring in some colours other than green!
I love kiwis and the ones that come from my CSA are especially good – they also tend to last in the refrigerator so much longer than the ones I buy at the grocery store. The pears looked so delicious – I made a pear galette a while ago…hmmm…
For veggies this week, I kept things simple (and green) – bell peppers, zucchini, celery and broccoli.