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CSA Update: 5/5/12

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Here’s what we got in our Eatwell CSA box on Wednesday:

strawberries
mixed mustard greens
mixed lettuce
sugar snap peas
Italian flat-leaf parsley
eureka lemons
fava beans
stir-fry mix (kale, collards, chard, and arugula)
white spring onions
green garlic
fennel
turnips

I even remembered to take a picture this time! Aren’t you proud of me?

Front row, left to right: strawberries, green garlic, eureka lemons, fava beans, white spring onions, mustard greens. Second row: Fennel, turnips, sugar snap peas, stir-fry mix. Back row (in bags): mixed lettuce, parsley.

We ate the strawberries first, since they looked like they were already well past ripe. After eyeing the delicious looking pints of fresh strawberries at Whole Foods for the past 2 weeks, I was SO excited to get our own from Eatwell. Sadly, these did not live up to my expectations. They were kinda bland, and a couple were rotten. But hopefully this is just because it’s early in the season. I hope that by the time we go to the farm on May 19th to pick our own strawberries, we’ll get some nice sweet ones.

Here’s what we’ve made so far with this batch of produce:

1. Five spice eggplant and ground pork. Basically this recipe, subbing out the tofu with Marin Sun Farms ground pork, and green garlic and white spring onions in for the garlic and green onions. It was very good, if I do say so myself.

Five spice eggplant and ground pork. Yet another one of those dishes that tastes better than it looks.

2. Salad, featuring mixed lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, and homemade tahini dressing. I love tahini dressing, but I’ve never made it before. It’s so easy! Basically, it’s just tahini paste, water, garlic, salt, and sugar. I wasn’t completely captivated by the recipe that we used, but when I tweak it just right, I’ll be sure to post it here. We ate the salad with this unique, delicious, and healthy pasta dish from the Post-Punk Kitchen.

Simple salad with tahini dressing.

Creamy red chard linguine

3. Turnip and parsley cake. This was an utter disaster… probably the worst thing I’ve ever made. If TC and I weren’t sharing a plate, I would’ve spit it back out. What promised to be a potato latke-type veggie pancake turned out more like undercooked mushy turnips. The parsley only made it worse, IMHO. Even smothering the thing in ketchup couldn’t save it, that’s how bad it was.

Major turnip fail.

4. Steamed tilapia with sweet chili sauce. The same night as the turnip fail, we managed to pull off a fish win. This was a recipe that I originally got 10+ years from a family friend (specifically, my brother-in-law’s sister LO). It’s usually done with a whole fish, but I went with frozen tilapia filets from Trader Joe’s. It’s super easy and very tasty too!  I forgot to get ginger so I had to put some powdered stuff in there, and we subbed the green onion with white spring onions. Delish! I’ll post the recipe soon.

Steamed fish covered in yummy sauce.

5. Sautéed mustard greens with garlic and oyster sauce. Collard greens are still our #1 favorites, but these come in at a close second in my book. We got two varieties — a flat leaf and a curly green. The curly one was sort of spicy, in a horse radish-y way.

A cast iron pan full of greens!

6. Sugar snap peas. We’ve been eating these raw as a snack. They are so good! Might be my favorite thing out of this whole box.

Tomorrow, we’re going to try our hand at cooking fava beans for the first time with this recipe. Wish us luck! Oh, and I’ll probably make this recipe with the fennel on Monday or Tuesday. Of course I’ll report back and let you know how it goes.

p.s. Can’t get enough of CSA goodies? Check out this link party over at In Her Chucks!

Author: Jen

Howdy! I'm a 30-something recovering former academic living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

6 thoughts on “CSA Update: 5/5/12

  1. This all looks so good- minus the turnip fail. I love how inventive you are with the CSA veggies. Wish you cooked this much when I was your roommie! ;)

  2. I love that you shared a fail! Last night I sauteed a fennel bulb with that green garlic and tossed it with pasta. Very yummy.

    • Thanks. I figured I should share failures as well as triumphs. The fennel and green garlic pasta sounds simple and tasty — I’ll have to try it!

  3. You always have the most spectacular recipes. You make it look easy :) That salad looks amazing! I am always looking for inspiration in that department as I get lettuce weekly…tahini dressing is one of my favorites but I have never made it from scratch. Thanks for linking up!

    • Aw, thanks! You’re very sweet. It helps that I get lots of help and motivation from my boyfriend… otherwise I’d probably eat ramen everyday!

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