Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CSA Week 6

A very patriotic vegetable delivery! Or a normal one. But they're patriotic because they're grown 7 miles from our house, which is neat.

This week we received: 
Silver king corn (KING KORN! this is funny to me for some reason)
Beets
Tomatoes
Sweet Onion
Eggplant
Kirby cucumbers
Radishes

Basil
When we picked up the veggies, the basil smelled so amazing. It made the car smell like a kitchen. Unfortunately, I've neglected it all week. This needs to be made into pesto, stat. 

Silver king corn
Prepared in the easy microwave fashion, huge, delicious cobs.

Beets
I will roast these and top them with balsamic reduction. When I have time. How long do beets keep?

Tomatoes (full size, not cherry)
One of them was consumed the next day, uncooked, and the noise I made when I took the first bite made my cube neighbor ask me what was going on. I groaned, it was so perfectly ripe. The rest have also been eaten raw.

Sweet Onion
Standard onion use.

Eggplant
These little eggplants were gorgeous, too bad we ate them before they could be photographed. They were small, tender and brilliant purpole. I was actually excited for eggplant, which I will admit it not normally my thing. They are so cute. In their weekly email, our CSA owners sent 2 recipes for eggplant. One of them was grilled eggplant with a soy honey glaze that sounded fantastic. Last week's grilled corn was so yummy, why not grill everything from now on?
They looked like the lower left guy. Light purple, not deep purple. (source)


Sadly, I was not blown away. The recipe for the glaze was perfect (equal parts honey, veggie oil, soy sauce and lemon juice) but I think they marinated for too long because they were mushy. I put them on a hot grill and they got some nice charring and the glaze caramelized nicely, but I still couldn't get past the mush factor. Luckily, Nick loved them! I was pleasantly surprised. Lesson learned for next time: less marinating. 

Kirby cucumbers
Raw, yummy, eaten alongside dinner one night drizzled with olive oil and balsamic, topped with salt and pepper. I died of freshness.

Radishes
Poor radishes. They're just not the first thing I think of when I am coming up with salad toppers. With no coleslaw to make this week (we're seriously going through slaw withdrawal. we got used to having it 3 days a week), the radishes are neglected. I solemnly swear I will dice them and put them on salad. Really.

End result of this week: 6 days after the delivery, and we're still not on top of veggie consumption. I did not live up to my goals of eating all the vegetables with joy and gusto. I ate some of them with joy, but some are still languishing. I would swear that next week will be different, but that would be me lying to myself.  

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