CSA Box #5
Here's a picture of last week's box. My mother was uncertain about our plans to come back to the city, so I ended up hooking up with her en route and the bonus was that we split it up immediately after picking up the box. The negotiations are always interesting me and I sure learn about where I get my habits as I watch my mother shy away from an unknown vegetable.
I gave her all the asparagus, then later read on other blogs that this week's harvest was likely the best of the season. Dang! I also gave her the one parsnip I picked up from the choice box. She took all the arugula because she loves it and I am indifferent about it. I took all the turnips because these are the things I have waiting all winter to have!
The contents of the box:
Green garlic: sliced it up and used it to start my stir-fry
Potato onions: sliced it up diagonally and used it in stir-fry
Salad mix or arugula: gave to my mother for her salad
Hon tsai tai or pea vine: stir-fry
Sweet baby broccoli: gave to my mother and regretted it as I was getting my stir-fry ingredients together.
Rhubarb: should have tossed it in the swap box because I already have a freezer load.
Asparagus: gave to my mother
Bok choi: used in stir-fry
Baby white turnips with tops: cooking tonight in a honey glaze
I made a stir-fry last night, or maybe I should call it a Thai red curry. I used many of the ingredients from this week's box. But, I feel like I cheated a little. This is a great dish for many vegetables, but I always feel like I'm taking the easy way out. I wanted to prepare a sauteed bok choy, but I didn't because of course, it was easier to stir-fry.
When we were first married the Big D thoroughly impressed me with his interest in making stir-fry. We would spend Friday evenings cooking and watching videos. He was insistent that we make some garlic bread with the stir-fry and that habit has stuck. And that is why even though I cooked a Thai red curry, I still want to call it a stir-fry. The results were yummy. I totally enjoyed the greens: the bok choy and the Hon Tsai Tai.
I have learned that the lighting in my kitchen sucks for taking pictures of my meals! Oh well, I'm working on it...