Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tantre Farm Share, week 9

Whoo hoo! I found the camera again. It was not, as suspected, buried in the boy-critter's sty of a room (though I am ardently hoping that his missing iPod is in there somewhere). I found it at the bottom of my purse, having been dislodged from its case due to the girl-critter's energetic scrounging for gum, so I can still blame my kids for its disappearance.

Top row: cabbage, lettuce, kale, sorrel, leeks, basil
Middle row: garlic, summer squash and zucchini
Bottom row: green beans, carrots, onion, 8 more cucumbers, tongues of fire shelling beans, 2 quarts of new potatoes

Menu plan:
  • Tongues of fire shelling beans will be cooked up with some garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Then the kale will get added in. When ready to serve, I'll put them in deep bowls, squeeze in some lemon, shred a lot of parmesan on top, drizzle with good olive oil and serve with crusty bread and a glass of red wine. This is a meal I look forward to all year.
  • It's another week of crazy cucumber bounty and I have a couple of new recipes to share that I tried out last week and loved (linked to below this menu plan). One is for a crazy refreshing cucumber-lime-mint agua fresca and the other is for sichuan cucumber salad. That'll use up about 3 or 4 of the 8. I'm sure one will get sliced up in salads, another will get sliced thin and put on my favorite sandwich (tuna and mayo with cucumber on a baguette) and another one or two will get consumed in the beer snack. And I might gift one if I'm feeling overwhelmed at the end of all that.
  • I have a poblano pepper in the house that I'll roast and add to the summer squash, zucchini and onion for calabacitas. I'm thinking I'll add some corn, cooked and cut off the cob, at the end to make it a little more exciting. I'll probably serve it with some sort of tacos, maybe pinto beans and pork, since the kids will eat tacos without a fuss and that is not something I can say about most of the food I make.
  • Green beans, carrots, cabbage, garlic, onion and some basil will go into thai noodles, which I just realized I've been blabbing about repeatedly (since I make it almost once a week) and have yet to post the recipe. I'll take a picture and rectify that here soon.
  • I doubt that Brian will ever taste the sorrel that comes from our share because, yep, I've already eaten it in an omelet. I think a sorrel, feta or goat cheese and chive omelet might be my favorite of all time. Maybe sometime I'll be generous and share one with him...or maybe not!
  • Not sure what to do with all the potatoes, but at least they don't rot right away so I have a little time to figure it out. Last week I boiled some as a dinner side and just drizzled olive oil, snipped fresh chives over the top and sprinkled them with fleur de sel and they were pretty delicious that way. Of course the leeks and potatoes obviously call for vichyssoise but for some reason I love it when other people make this for me, but have never appreciated it as much when I make it myself... 

And now, two things to do with all those cucumbers:

It looks green and frothy and a lot like a pitcher of pond scum. But it isn't.

This stuff is pretty intense, but amazingly good after you've been out working in the yard in the hot sun. Rather than add the ice cubes to the pitcher as they recommend in the recipe, I fill up a glass with ice and consume the stuff a glass at a time. Ice is essential to dilute the intensity.

I don't have a photo of the sichuan cucumbers, but there's a picture here where I got the recipe. I love the lip and tongue tingling effect of sichuan peppercorns and served this with dan dan noodles so it was a double dose of numb. And very tasty too!

(The following has nothing to do with cucumbers.)
 Paddy's favorite mode of transport. I think he might be part kangaroo.