11 June 2009

CSA Week 1, Year 3

It must actually be summer, because we picked up our first load of CSA vegetables yesterday (and Niobe's getting hers tonight). It looked like a huge amount, but it's mostly salad ingredients, not that there's anything wrong with that!

  • Salad greens
  • Sorrel
  • Japanese turnips, with greens attached
  • Head of red leaf lettuce
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Asian greens braising mix
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Scallions
  • Radishes

For dinner last night, we had sorrel soup and a chopped salad.

I made Ilina's turnip salad - a tangy mix of turnip, cucumber and avocado (even though the cuke and the avocado had to come from the supermarket).

The soup was more or less invented: I simmered three potatoes (peeled and chopped) in a quart of chicken stock until done, then buzzed them with the hand blender. I then added the sorrel, which I'd cut into ribbons, and a chopped scallion, and cooked it just until the sorrel was wilted (and army green). To finish it, I poured in about a half cup of heavy cream, along with salt and pepper. Simple, easy, and tasty. And the best part might be that there was enough left for my lunch today.

We'll probably do some kind of pasta with the broccoli rabe, and braise the braising greens as a side for some meat. And the salad ingredients? We'll be having salad.

The project for the summer will be to get the girl to eat more vegetables. Any ideas?


Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Fresh sorrel makes my ears itch, so I tried drying it -- it tastes so good, seems like it could double as an herb. If that doesn't work, I'll try your soup.

Re: the girl: Last year my kids rolled tiny bits of cheese in lettuce leaves. They thought it was fun & ate a bunch.

Woman in a Window said...

RAW with dip. My kids will eat almost anything with dip.

That soup sounds devine.

painted maypole said...

just jealous. i look into CSAs every year now, but there are none nearby

nonlineargirl said...

We encourage veggie eating by planting veggies in the garden (favorite "eat off the vine" foods: peas, beans, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes)

Encourage her to cook with you. For some reason kids seem more interested in eating what they have helped make.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I've used soy milk in cream-based soups and it tastes great. Just in case you don't want to go all the way for the heavy cream.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why there are no decent CSAs near me, either. I could find one, but then have to drive about an hour each way to get the goods. Frustrating!!!!

My daughter will eat anything. My son is just contrary about food, but he's pretty good about eating raw vegetables as a snack if I withhold other things (Like spongebob cheez-its). They'll also eat all kinds of soups and frittatas.

She She said...

Occasionally, sometimes, once in a while... okay, rarely, when the kids help make the food, they're more inclined to actually eat it.

And ranch dressing is a good hting to cover vegetables with.

the mama bird diaries said...

No ideas. I've tried endlessly to get my girls to eat vegetables.

The Library Lady said...

My girls like the raw veggies--peppers are a big favorite, though funnily neither likes standard dip.

Let us know what you come up with. I am having a tussle with my 14 year old on this subject (!)

niobe said...

Mmmmm.....this all sounds so delicious. My (likely futile) suggestion for increasing the girl's vegetable intake is to research and offer interesting facts about various veggies you're serving. For example:

Citizens of Oaxaca, Mexico celebrate the radish in a festival called Noche de los RĂ¡banos (Night of the Radishes) on December 23 as a part of Christmas celebrations. Locals carve religious and popular figures out of radishes and display them in the town square