Sunday, April 18, 2010
CSA Box - Week 3
This is what Willow and I picked up yesterday morning - from L to R: cilantro, spinach, asparagus, apples, onions, broccoli, potatoes, swiss chard, yams, and lettuce.
I'm not entirely sure on the yams - are those sweet potatoes? What is the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? I called my MIL about the swiss chard - to my knowledge, I have never eaten, much less prepared swiss chard and I had no clue what to do with it. We were going over there for dinner anyway, so she said to bring it over and she would look it up. Aesthetically speaking, swiss chard is beautiful with its multi-coloured stems. We ended up just cooking the tops, which one of my MIL's cookbooks said to cook like spinach with some butter - and it was delicious - much like spinach, but a little sweeter to my palate. We saved the stems, and I am going to add them to a lentil stew I am going to make tonight. I think I may add some of the spinach to the stew as well.
We also used up the apples (along with some rhubarb from the garden) to make Apple Rhubarb Crisp. This was quite fun because the only orange I had was a blood orange that I bought on a whim to see what the inside looked like. It was delicious - rhubarb is one of my all-time favourite dessert items.
Happy eating, everyone! I am really enjoying these CSA shares and am looking forward to see what we get each week - and then planning what to make with it all. I have three bunches of cilantro now - I think my next search is going to be for cilantro pesto...