Eaters - 9 Compost - 1 Carry Over - 1
We still have lots to learn about the CSA box. We pick up our box on Saturday, but we actually get a list of what will be included the previous Tuesday. If it's on the list, it will definitely be in the box, but it seems the quantity of items can vary considerably. Last week, we had just enough tatsoi to make a small bed of sauteed goodness under each piece of halibut. This week, the bunch was at least twice as big, and we could have made soup for 10. Sadly, half of the bunch of tatsoi hit the compost bin at week's end, as did half the gigantic bunch of cilantro that we had received (though we used it at least three times in our cooking). If we hadn't been expecting more of the same in the next week's box (see Week 3), perhaps we would have found a way to use it up? The beets will be carried over - see below.
- We all loved the rapini with penne & sausage. It was so good, in fact, that it's getting added to next week's menu again (though I hope to not do week-after-week repeats too often).
- The kale, bunching onion & potato fritatta was like a warm slice of savory pie, perfect for the rainy evening that we were having.
- The Hanoi noodle soup went over well with the adults, but not so much with the kids. Without a handful of sliced jalapenos to give it some zip (which their young palates cannot yet handle), it fell a bit flat. They also weren't too excited about the floating pieces of "green stuff" (tatsoi) - though they had gobbled it down the previous week when it had been sauteed.
- The chicken citrus salad was my own impromptu creation. The veggies from the box were all delicious. but the combination of blood orange juice with olive oil made for an overly sweet dressing.
- Acutally, there is nothing ugly about pork tenderloin, couscous and roasted beets. Except forgetting to get the beets in the oven on time. So, a quick saute of zucchini, carrots and bell peppers was served in place of what I had planned.