Well, tonight was one of those couldn’t-we-just-order-pizza kind of nights. We were planning on being out of town, but plans changed. So I just stared at my abundance of chard and decided to make stir-fry…except we just had stir-fry for lunch. Hmm. Well, an omelet might be fun.
Midway during the wilting process I realized I only had two eggs. Well, this might be interesting. I quickly crisped some bacon in the microwave and crumbled it. I poured my puny egg mixture onto the chard and sprinkled the bacon on top. I gave it all a quick stir till the eggs were cooked and topped it with some halved cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
I loved this meal; it was a serendipitous success! My 7-year-old downed his and said, “This is awesome; is there more?!” Music to my ears.
After a little research, I learned duck eggs are exceptional in baked goods, so I figured some homemade sweet rolls were in order!
After working with this incredible dough, I was confident these would be my best ever…and they were. Wow!
The next morning I drizzled on a light glaze, and the family DEVOURED them.
This was my solution to “What in the WORLD am I going to cook for supper?” (a.k.a. grocery shopping procrastination). I found some chard from this week’s box of veggies, gave it a quick sauté with some garlic, then added some mushrooms and a jar of pasta sauce. Meanwhile, my angel hair spaghetti was finishing up. I scooped out some pasta, topped it with my sauce, and sprinkled with some mozzarella. Insanely quick, ridiculously easy . . . and the fam loved it!
This was my Christmas Eve potpie. I used leftover turkey breast, mixed veggies, cream of potato soup, and radishes, and a bit of salt and pepper. The radishes were left from a batch I baked the day before. I simply diced into large chunks and stirred into the soup and veggie mix. I topped it with a ready-made pie crust, complete with snowflake cut-outs. Beautiful!
This was my second stir-fry success! The kiddos cheered for this one. I warmed sesame oil in my largest skillet and added diced carrots, coarsely chopped onion, minced garlic, and ginger. Once those were slightly tender, I added a massive amount of all the greens I had in the fridge. When the greens had wilted, I sprinkled with salt and pepper and included a small amount of chopped deli roast beef, a can of sliced mushrooms, and sunflower seeds. Delicious!!! Next time I’d love to add water chestnuts, and I’d probably go back to cashews instead of seeds.
When I went to pick up my vegetables today, Farmer Z was there and I asked him to take a picture with my family. (I don’t usually see him, so this was a photo op!)
Though I’d been trying to use my greens in all kinds of ways, they began to pile up and I didn’t want to waste them. After all, this was quite a diet change but I didn’t want to turn my family off of it!
I found a way to preserve them for later. The picture below shows how they’re not cooked in water but with the water they’re washed in.
The first time I did this, I mixed whatever was left together like swiss chard and radish greens. But this time, I had enough of several kinds to keep them separate. I put each batch on a plate to cool before putting them in a bag. The display was beautiful! Swiss chard, Asian greens, turnip greens each had a different shade of green. My kids and I tasted each one. Mild, sour, tangy! This time, as I bagged them, I wrote the flavor next to the name so I would know how to use them.
I like to try new things. This blog documents the adventures of joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in East Tennessee for one year from December 2011 to November 2012.
Since I knew it would be a big change for our family, I asked a friend to join me for one season. We enjoyed it so much, we extended it to a full year. This blog contains recipes of the produce we’ve received.
The farm is Vintage Quest Acres and our farmer is Farmer Z. We receive a box of vegetables each week that we pick up at a designated location. It is usually full and even the half-portion is more than I know what to do with!
My goal in this blog is purely selfish. I want to remember what I did during this experiment for future reference. My life is busy and my memory can’t keep up so much anymore. This is a place where I can organize those thoughts. Plus, I want to see what my friend did with her vegetables!