Saturday, August 3, 2013

CSA 2013 Week 8

Week 8 Bounty:
Image from Scotch Hill Farm, Broadhead, WI
H19 little leaf cucumber
Shuyho long cucumber
Summer squash
Green beans
Bright lights chard
Italian red onions

Meal # 1

Oven Roasted Broccoli
1 pound broccoli, rinsed and trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut the broccoli florets, stems and leaves into bite size pieces. Place the broccoli into a mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil and salt. Place in the oven and roast just until the broccoli is tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. 

We had one container of frozen duck ragu left, so I added that to pasta for a quick meal.

Meal #2 (radishes, beets)
This was a really fun and yummy meal that everyone could enjoy!
Radish Omelettes
Eggs - 5 large
Red Onion (chopped finely)
Red Radishes (chopped finely) - small bunch
Coriander - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Pepper (optional) - a pinch
Oil or butter - 1/2 tbsp
Crack eggs and beat them with a fork or a whisk for few minutes, until they look smooth and has slightly increased in volume. Add all the other ingredients and slowly mix them well. 
Heat your skillet or non-stick pan and heat the oil/butter. Reduce the heat to medium-low and pour the egg mixture and cover and cook for 2 minutes or until the omelette has slightly set and is not runny. (evenly space out the radishes and onions if you like) The omelette would have puffed up when you open the lid and then gently lift it and turn it to the other side and again cook for 1 minute. * Recipe adapted from

Red Beet Pancakes
1 1/2 cup flour (used half white, half whole wheat)
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4+1/8 tsp salt
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 1/2 c buttermilk (use 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice in 1 1/2 cup and fill with milk)
3 Tbsp melted butter or vegetable oil (sometimes we use a butter/oil/flaxseed combo)
Roasted, pureed beets (about half of the bunch from our share)
1 tsp vanilla
Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, clove, allspice, cinnamon and salt together into a mixing bowl. In a 2-cup glass measure or small bowl, beat the egg lightly. Whisk in the buttermilk, beets and melted butter or oil until well blended. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing only until the batter is evenly moistened; it will still contain small lumps. Grease your nonstick frying pan lightly with a paper towel moistened with vegetable oil. Heat over medium heat for about 1 minute. Ladle 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan. Spread out to 5 inches. Cook until golden brown on the bottom with tiny bubbles all over the top, 1 to 2 minutes. Shake the pan or slip a spatula underneath the flapjack to loosen it. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve the flapjacks hot out of the pan with natural maple syrup. Makes about 10 pancakes. * Recipe adapted from A Man And His Pan

Sides (chard, green beans, cucumbers, onions)
Sauteed Chard
Enjoyed this with some leftovers.
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds Swiss chard
4 teaspoons melted butter
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
Rinse chard; separate stems from leaves. Cut stems into 2-inch pieces; cut leaves crosswise into 1-inch strips. To a saucepan add 2 teaspoons melted butter. Add stems to pan; saute about 5 minutes. Add leaves; cook another 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 teaspoons butter and pepper. Mound in center of serving plate and drizzle with vinegar or lemon juice.
Sauteed Green Beans
While spending the weeked with extended family we shared our last two week's green beans.  No one had made them so simply and they were a hit.
2 cups green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and ground black pepper
In a skillet, saute the green beans in butter until tender-crisp. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. 

Benedictine Spread

This is a delicious spread that we created based on other recipes last year and it is really good with just about anything dipped in it, including other raw vegetables or crackers.
3 small/medium cucumber
Bunch of spring onions, quartered
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon salt
Dash cayenne pepper
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Slice cucumber in half lengthwise; remove seeds with a small spoon. Place cucumber in blender/food processor and pulse about 5 times, until cucumber is minced. Place onion in the blender/food processor, pulsing until it is finely chopped. To cucumber/onion mixture add cream cheese and stir well with a spatula. Add salt, cayenne, mayo and red wine vinegar. Spread on crackers or bread for sandwiches.

We still have tomatoes and squash left and plan to combine them with the Week 9 vegetables.

Extra: Jam
We have annually visited Jenehr Farm and harvested 20 pounds of strawberries for homemade jam.  Last year's weather made that impossible and also ruined the new crops for this year.  Fortunately 2013 has been more than kind to our mulberry trees and we have probably harvested over 30 pounds in the freezer.  I used 28 cups for this delicious low-sugar jam.
Mulberry/Strawberry Freezer Jam
32 cups berries (28 cups mulberry, 4 cups strawberry)
10 cups sugar
4 Tbsp lemon juice (juice of 4 lemons) or apple cider vinegar
2 cups pectin
Put the mulberries into a large non-reactive pot. Add the sugar and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. This long maceration reduces the cooking time later, resulting in a fruitier, more brightly flavored and colored jam. The mulberries will have released a lot of their juice during their maceration. Stir the macerated berries and their juice to liquefy any still-undissolved sugar. Stir in the pectin and the lemon juice or cider vinegar.  Place the pot with the mulberry mixture over high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until a rolling boil for two minutes. 
Ladle the jam into clean jars, leaving 1/2-inch head space between the surface of the jam and the rims of the jars. Wipe off the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth or paper towel. Screw on the canning lids. Freeze.

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