Wednesday, September 1, 2010

CSA - September 1 - SCVWD

What's in the Box?
Melons! (oh my), tomatillos, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, green beans, potatoes, (some eggs) cukes and zukes.

This weeks special gift: Pinkle Relish.
Okay what the heck's that? It's the most popular relish at the most expensive farmer's market in America (New York City). The recipe comes from the Pickle Lady's Aunt.

Leo and I make egg salad and tested it. It was yummy. It will be crisper if you store it in the fridge from the very beginning, even before opening. The pink color comes from the farm red onions.

This is the very first of the Mara Des Bois Strawberries, and like most everything else we grow on the farm, you won't find these in your local market. But you could find them if you went to one of those upscale restaurants like Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Or you can go to France where they account for 1/10 of all the strawberry sales. You know the French, they are very serious about their food.

Tomato Tart
1 sack cherry tomatoes½ cup olive oil
½ tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
¼ cup grated parmesan1 t. corriander seeds ground, (or a little cilantro)
1 t. fennel seeds
½ cup roughly chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Remove stems from tomatoes. Heat oil in a large saute pan and remove from heat. Add the tomatoes cover to prevent splattering. Return to heat and add garlic. Cook just until the skins split. Season with remaining ingredients and toss carefully with the tomatoes. Pour over baked tart shell; Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. You can also toss them on top of pasta or fish. Careful, tomatoes are molten....let these cool before serving.

Salsa Verde With Fresh Tomatillos

15-20 tomatillos
1 onion, whole
Couple of Ancho chile peppers,
1-2 cloves of garlic
squeeze of lemon or lime
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Start the Grill. When the coals are ready grill the onion and tomatillo and peppers. Scrape the skins off the peppers. Place the grilled veges, cilantr o, olive oil, lemon, and garlic (chopped) in your food processor work bowl. Pulse the mixture with in a food processor. Add salt and pepper and serve with chips.

On the right
(Beth) picking tomatoes. Casey's mom came on down to the farm to give me a hand and boy with this heat did I need it!

What is this on the left? This is an egg disaster. See, you usually only get to see the beautiful on the farm. No one sees the entire kitchen piled with dirty dishes after a canning spree, no one ever sees an entire field full of weeds or the mess the barn is end at the end of the season.....Well here you go. I couldn't find the photo of the egg salad and pinkle relish, so I decided to just make it again and take another picture. In the meantime, the phone rang and to find the answer my sister was looking for, I had to go to my sewing room.

There's 3 quilts in progress and a stack of things belong to Zack and Leo in front of the cupboard I was trying to get in. Well, about 10 minutes later I returned to the kitchen. Upon opening the door the ungodly smell of burning sulfur hit my nose and the cat gave me a smug look. The only thing worse than being looked at smugly by a cat, is when the cat is right. Eggs exploded everywhere. The wall, the floor, the stove. It's ugly. If anyone sees Leo, tell him to bring takeout. The kitchen is closed pending a hazmat investigation. I can only find 3 of the 4 eggs. I suspect the other is behind the stove.

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