After the previous week’s monster-sized haul, last week’s share was practically tiny. We got: four ears corn, four carrots, one bag potatoes, two bunches chard, one bunch green onions, one bunch parsley, two bunches lettuce, six tomatoes and several banana peppers. Our share also included two kohlrabi, but we accidently left those in the trade box. (Jesse picked up our share and got confused about the fact that I wanted to leave the parsley but was willing to try the dreaded kohlrabi. ) No matter, though—I’m sure that there will be more kohlrabi this coming week.
After my rant last week I actually haven’t been doing too badly with the chard. I’ve been eating a lot of pasta sauce with meatballs from the freezer, but I got tired of making zucchini noodles so I decided to try eating it on top of sautéed chard with a little bit of bacon. It’s quite good like that! Not quite as tasty as zucchini noodles but less work AND it uses up two or three chard leaves at a time.
I decided to try fermenting some of the carrots. Taking inspiration from this recipe, I packed a jar with sliced carrots, sliced ginger, orange peel, and some brine. I’m really curious to see how it turns out. Isn’t it pretty right now?
I was really surprised to see that last week’s tomatoes all needed to be ripened on the counter, especially since the week before all of our tomatoes were overripe. I hope this doesn’t mean that tomato season is nearly over. If I can get up the motivation this week, I’d really like to make some fermented salsa. I need to go buy some lemons and/or limes, but other than that I think I finally have all the necessary ingredients on hand.
I’ve been falling behind on the lettuce, although taking a big salad to a potluck last weekend did put a dent in our supply. In general, though, we haven’t been eating as much salad lately. I guess I need to wash and rip everything that’s still in the fridge. That always makes us eat more salad because nearly all of the work is already done.
Jesse has really been enjoying all of the non-bell peppers we’ve been getting. He cooks them in the morning to add to his omelets or has them with tacos for lunch. I don’t eat spicy food so he always enjoys having little things like this to spice up his meals.
Jesse has also been taking care of the potatoes. So far, though, my idea of making a double batch of crispy roasted potatoes and then reheating the leftovers has been a failure. The crispiness just doesn’t hold during the store and/or reheating (I’m not sure which). If you have any bright ideas on this front, I’d love to hear them. We generate enough dirty dishes every day that I’m always interested in seeing where I can cut corners without sacrificing taste (or hygiene).
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