Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Box! Week I

Our first CSA veggies arrived last week. A big, beautiful, intimidating box of early summer greens. This is our fourth year with the farm, but the first year we'll be attempting to eat it all on our own. Now, on Day 7 of Box I, I'm pretty proud of our efforts. I'll eat the last of the salad greens for lunch tomorrow and throw a serving's worth of pea shoot pesto into the freezer for later.

The smaller beans, it has to be said, are not much help on our quest to eat The Box, although they both clamored for lettuce on their plates. Didn't actually eat it, of course.

This is our farmer's recipe, linked above, but he's got it in a pdf, so I'll paraphrase here.

Pea shoot pesto

1 big bunch pea shoots, coarsely chopped
2-4 olive cloves (or green garlic, in the spring)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts (walnuts are nice, too)
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil

Put everything but the olive oil in the food processor, start it up, and start pouring the oil in until it makes a thin paste. Toss with pasta or smear on bruschetta.

Big Bean: Thumbs down
Little Bean: Thumbs down
Too garlicky for them!

(Want your own CSA farmshare next year? Find one here.)

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