CSA Delivery #3 – June 18, 2008

June 18, 2008 By: Megabeth Category: CSA Delivery

Today’s delivery featured a repeat of produce from the previous two deliveries along with a little parsley plant. We were informed, however, that this would be the last of the strawberries. We have more kale, spring onions, and butter lettuce.

I will be traveling over the next few days, so this delivery will go to two friends who will be able to cook with the vegetables in a more timely manner. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I did eat a strawberry.)

CSA Delivery #3 - June 18, 2008

CSA Delivery #3 - June 18, 2008

Spring Onion and Tomato Curry

June 06, 2008 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes

Tomato and Spring Onion Curry

This recipe comes from a great Indian recipe site called Recipe Den.

I wanted to use the spring onions from this delivery along with tomatoes I picked up at the farmers market yesterday.

Recipe Den used terms for the spices that I was unfamiliar with. With a quick google search I was able to find all the equivalents and was surprised I had it all on had. Yes, surprisingly, I even had the asafoetida.

asafoeda or hing

I also doubled the recipe since I had a lot of spring onions and two tomatoes on hand. You’ll see my notes to the original recipe in italics below.

Spring Onion and Tomato Curry
Spring Onions – 2 bunches (I used four bunches)
Tomato – 1 medium (I used two)
mustard seeds -1tsp (2tsp)
jeera -1 tsp (jeera = cumin, 2 tsp)
salt acc to taste
red chili powder – 1tsp (2 tsp)
haldi – 1/4th tsp (haldi = tumeric, 1/2 tsp)
hing- a pinch (hing = aasafoetida, two pinches)
oil as required

Spices for Tomato and Spring Onion Curry

Tomato and Spring Onion Curry Preparation

-Heat oil add jeera (cumin) ,mustard seeds and a pinch of hing (asafoetida) and fry
Tomato and Spring Onion Curry Preparation
-Add the chopped spring onions , salt and haldi (tumeric) and fry for 5min.
Tomato and Spring Onion Curry Preparation
-Add the finely chopped tomatoes and cook for another 10 min. The tomatoes will begin to break down and become mushier.
Tomato and Spring Onion Curry Preparation Tomato and Spring Onion Curry Preparation
-Add the red chilli powder and little water and cook till done.

Tomato and Spring Onion Curry Preparation

Although I doubled the recipe, I could have afforded to triple it. The final amount was the perfect portion for two people to eat as a side dish.

Tomato and Spring Onion Curry

This received a literal thumbs-up by my in-house taste tester.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad

June 05, 2008 By: Megabeth Category: Salads

My first recipe using CSA ingredients comes from the CSA itself –Great County Farms. My notes below are in italics. I reduced the recipe so that I could use the rest of the kale in another recipe

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad
Two bundles of Fresh Kale – I used four large stems
1 large Cucumber – I used about 1/2 of the cucumber
¼ cup Spring onions, chopped – I used 1 spring onion
¼ cup White wine – I did not reduce this amount
4 Tbsp. Butter – I used olive oil instead
Salt and pepper – to taste

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

De-stem kale and chop into bite-size pieces.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

Dice cucumber about ¼-inch.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

Heat sauté pan to medium heat. Melt butter (a tablespoon or so of olive oil) and add spring onions.
Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation
Turn heat up, and add chopped kale.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

Add wine, splash by splash, and toss until kale is wilted but not mushy.
Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation
Add cold cucumber at end with salt and pepper, and plate. (The objective is not to cook the cucumber.)

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad Preparation

Conclusion: This was the first time I have cooked with kale. It’s easy to clean and prepare. It cooks down much like spinach does but once cooked it has a tougher, chewier consistency.

Warm Kale and Cucumber Salad

The white wine shone through and was a great compliment to the kale and, surprisingly, the cucumber. I’d use a good white wine rather than a cooking wine because it does indeed contribute to the success of this dish.

My in-house taste tester agreed and felt that this would be a satisfying meal after a long bike ride.

CSA Delivery #1 – June 4, 2008

June 04, 2008 By: Megabeth Category: CSA Delivery

Today we received our first half-share delivery from our CSA fresh from a Virginia farm.

Included in the delivery was asparagus, kale, strawberries, spring onions and a basil plant. I’ve never cooked with kale before so I am looking forward to researching recipes.


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