Last CSA pick up of 2014!
I hope that everyone is having joyous holidays. Our extended family Christmas was the traditional loud and delicious. 4 little boys brought the volume of the house up such that soon even the adults had to raise their voices to be heard. Good food, laughing and lots of card and board games. Most fabulous. As you can tell from the photos, I've finally taken to having Marc take photos of the things that I make with our CSA share. Nothing that I make is pretty, but it's all delicious!!! All shares to receive Lettuce, spray free, greenhouse grown Basil, spray free, greenhouse grown Cabbage, organic It's amazing how much cabbage you can thinly slice and pop into a soup. Take your leftover turkey or chicken bones from Christmas. Put in a pot, cover with water by 3 inches, let simmer for about 12 hours. Remove the bones and voila, you have the base for a soup. Into this add in about 4 tbsp coconut amino (fermented coconut soy sauce alternative that has WAY less salt) 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tsp soy, and about 3 tbsp sriracha hot sauce. Simmer away until blended. Bring soup to a boil then add in about 4 cups finely shredded cabbage, 3 cups sliced mushrooms, 1 cup shredded carrot, 2-3 cups chopped fresh kale. If your kale is frozen add it in at the end with the green onion instead. Let simmer 3 minutes until cooked, then add in 1 bunch chopped green onion, some chopped basil, and 1 bunch chopped cilantro (if you like cilantro). Cook up some rice or egg noodles or long life noodles. Place in the bottom of a bowl and add in the soup. Voila! Dinner. In my soup I added in some left over roast pork. Left over roast beef or chicken works well in this soup as well. Onions, organic Squash, spray free Peel and chop up your squash. Sautee in a pan until golden. Add some herbs that you have kicking around. Oregano, thyme, and or parsley would work. Chop up some boneless skinless chicken breast or chicken thigh. Add to the pan and sautee until the chicken is browned. Add salt and pepper to taste. At this point you can add in about a cup of sliced mushrooms if your pan is big enough :) Add in 3 tbsp mascapone cheese and about half a cup of light cream or full fat milk. Stir around until creamy and bubbly. Turn the heat down and let simmer until the chicken is cooked. About 5 minutes. I like to serve this with a salad, or on toast, or tossed with pasta. Frozen Tomatoes, spray free Frozen Haskap, spray free. Haskap is an edible honeysuckle. The taste is similar to a very tart blueberry. Though some people like to eat them just out of hand or as is, I find they shine best when made into a sauce. I'm lazy so just chuck them into a pot with a little water, cook until hot, then add sugar until I like the taste. I like things on the tart side, so these berries suit me with very little sugar added. The resulting sauce can be served on crepes, ice cream, or cooked down until a thick compote that is excellent served in place of cranberry sauce. Mixed Shares to receive the above base as well as Beef Patties, grass fed beef raised without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. HOW TO USE THE KALE YOU FROZE!!! Take out 4 cups of chopped frozen kale and let thaw in a bowl. Sautee one chopped onion with a few cloves of garlic. Add about a cup and a half of very thinly sliced squash (I use a mandolin to get it really thin) and a few cups of sliced mushrooms. Sautee until the squash and mushrooms are soft. Add in your kale. Stir around until your kale is wilted and hot. Add in about 3 tbsp mascapone cheese and 1/4 cup of light cream or full fat milk. This soft cheese will melt and make the veggies creamy. Stir until incorporated and creamy. If it's too liquidy, let it cook a bit more, if it's too dry, add more milk. Check out that big mountain of kale that I use for this recipe. Grill or fry your beef patties on low until done. Slice and grill some good quality bread. I used some potato rosemary bread that we had in the freezer left over from the summer. Place each patty on the grilled bread. Top with a mountain of the kale/squash/mushroom sautee and serve with a knife and fork. Beef Stew, grass fed beef raised without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. Stewing meat can come from various cuts of an animal, but usually are from those cuts that benefit from slow moist cooking. Stewing meat braised slowly is delicious. But you need patience or a slow cooker. This is also the perfect place to use your frozen tomatoes!!!! Beef Bacon, grass fed beef raised without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics. Our butcher takes the beef belly, cures and smokes it and slices it into bacon strips. More lean than pork bacon, the beef bacon has a deep rich beefy flavour. Produce Plus shares to receive the above base as well as Pasta, Made with eggs from free run hens!!! More frozen Haskap Extra lettuce Baby Carrots Sunchokes Potatoes Produce Only shares to receive the above base as well as Sunchokes, organic Baby Carrots, organic Dried Apples, spray free Potatoes, organic Extra lettuce, spray free greenhouse grown Extra basil, spray free, greenhouse grown