Here we are for round 8, and what's this? I have no Chairman? NO CHAIRMAN?
I guess I've been just too busy cooking and eating in gluttonous joy to think about a Chairman. So, this week, obviously Miss T. Chairman trumps mine, since any Chairman is better than nothing.
But the food--yes, it was a good week. The haul: Blue potatoes, Romaine, hot and sweet peppers, muskmelon, broccoli, cipollini onions, garlic, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, basil, eggplant, and fennel. Plus we each bought some greens.
Blue potatoes! Aren't they fun? I admit the family was decidedly skeptical when I steamed these and plopped them on the table. But everyone liked them, because, of course, they're potatoes. What's not to like?
There were only a couple of little pieces left over, so I chopped them up with some of the onion the next morning and--sorry, Rudee--sauted them and scrambled eggs with them.
Very tasty. Well, unless you don't like eggs. Like Rudee. Hang in there, Rudee, there's one more egg shot to come, but there's also lamb--and I know you like lamb.
Speaking of things that drew strange looks from my family, this was another additional purchase Miss T. and I each made.
Romanesco. That is pretty darn funky, don't you think? It's a cross-breed of cauliflower and broccoli. I simply steamed it and tossed it with butter. It was SO good--kind of like a nuttier cauliflower. Very flavorful, and charming on the plate:
Served with Tamarind-Basil Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Mahogany Glazed Onions. A meal fit for a Chairman. If I had one.
I also made soup.
Zuppa per Settembre (September Soup), from our CSA newsletter. Roasted tomatoes, peppers, onions and garlic, tossed with herbs and oil, then pureed and mixed with cream and broth. It was quite good, but my only quibble was that maybe I used too many peppers. I like roasted peppers, but they kind of drowned out the roasted tomatoes, and that was the flavor I most wanted to taste. I'd make it again, balancing the tomatoes more heavily.
Black bean and hominy stew. This used onions and carrots from my box. Household reviews were mixed; DH and Teen 2 thought it too spicy, Teen 1 thought the spiciness "redeemed" it (his words), and I just plain liked it. Fortunately, this seems like something that would freeze well in small portions for me to eat for lunch.
Colcannon! One of my favorite uses of kale! Dang, this stuff is good. And it makes fabulous leftovers.
But I saved a little of the kale for another use. Remember last week, when I made eggs poached in tomatoes after reading about it on Twitter? Well, this week someone else Twittered--can you see why I like Twitter?--about eating poached eggs atop sauteed kale.
Wowza. I sauteed the kale in a bit of olive oil with some garlic. When it was done, I topped with eggs, and --yes. It was delightful. Not for everyone, I know, but such a flavorful, wonderfully satisfying way to start a day. Or to have mid-day. Or end a day. That incredible, edible egg.
Another delightful, fully-family-approved dinner: Lamb and Cabbage Stew with Fresh Shell Beans. For this I used carrots and garlic, and canned beans, not being able to get my hands on any fresh. But oh, if ever a combination was made in heaven, it would be lamb, garlic, beans, and carrots.
One more box left...