Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tantre farm share, week 10

This week the farm share throws down the gauntlet: can I eat (and/or freeze) a full share on my own while Brian is out of town?

My belly and I accept the challenge!
Vaguely left to right: 4 heads of lettuce (red leaf, green frilly, 2 red oakleaf), 1 qt green beans, 2 qts potatoes, arugula, parsley, 3 broccoli crowns, beets, basil, kohlrabi, 4 yellow zucchini, one huge onion, 2 cucumbers, carrots and collard greens

  • Some potatoes, summer squash and basil will go into this potato, squash goat cheese gratin.
  • I'm feeling kind of noodly this week so I think I'll make a bastardized pad thai with broccoli, green beans, cucumbers, onion, carrots, egg, tofu and peanuts.
  • Beets will get roasted like last week (and this week I can eat them all myself--oink oink!)
  • All the lettuce and arugula means that I'll be eating LOTS of salad. I'm going to keep the spinner full of washed greens so that whenever I get hungry there's salad ready (I'm feeling a little peckish right now at 9:30 am and a morning salad maybe with some toasted walnuts sounds kind of nice). If I'm feeling stumped about how to vary the salads, I'll turn to Mark Bittman's 101 Simple Salads for the Season. It is an excellent way to jog a tired brain. I'm thinking some greens will get topped with some sort of grain and citrus (time to try quinoa again?). Some will get the nicoise treatment again with more green beans, parsley and potatoes and some hard boiled egg. I still have a few peaches left and the chicken/basil/peaches combo is good so I'm going to turn it into a salad this week with salad greens, grilled boneless skinless chicken breast, a peach basil salsa and some blanched broccoli.
  • The girl critter has requested mashed potatoes so even though I'm not terribly fond of them, I'll make some for her. I can use all the help I can get consuming the share this week...
  • I'm looking forward to a weekend breakfast of of spicy collards and cheese grits with strong black coffee.
  • I'm going to see if shredded kohlrabi takes the nuoc cham sauce as well as the green beans did last week.


Jen said...

I still haven't posted the kohlrabi slaw.

I'm making summer squash pancakes tonight - kind of latkes with shredded summer squash instead of potatoes. And salad. And a roasted chicken with parsley.

I know I'm making chicken with broccoli tomorrow. Not sure beyond that point.

Sun Runner said...

I have to eat all of every share because it's just me around my house...I have varying degrees of success. I have salad for lunch every day, which uses up lettuce. I eat cucumber slices for a snack at work. Beets go into chocolate beet cake (I'm making another one for a work party tomorrow). I make kale-banana smoothies with the kale. does get eaten. But it's a LOT of vegetables. At least it's healthy!

Kate said...

Phew! Glad to hear it can be done! I admire your ability to take on the challenge week after week!

And I have discovered that a Pimm's Cup, late at night, is an excellent way to ingest a couple more cucumber spears before bedtime.

Kitchen Chick said...

Good luck with the challenge! The year I did a farm share, I tried a lot of vegetables that I wouldn't have otherwise tried. I now like kale, but I still don't like beets.