Last Sunday when I received my first CSA share I was almost in panic mode – I had no idea how I was going to use so much cabbage, and then two bags of salad and braising greens. Now, one week later, I’m happy to report that the only thing that got wasted were the radishes, and that’s only because they were hidden under my housemate’s cheese and I totally forgot they were there.
I picked up week two today, which seems to be a smaller portion than what I received last week (though I’m not really complaining about that). I think it’s highly likely that the schizophrenic weather we had here in Portland this past week did some damage to the crop production. Anyway, I’m the proud owner of some tasty rapini (pasta recipe in Veganomicon – check it out), kale, radishes (to redeem myself with), purple/ green onion thingys, and some more salad greens. See for yourself.
Also, I went scavenging for some radish recipes – last Friday when I realized I had completely forgotten their existence in my overcrowded fridge – and came across the radish toast idea, which calls for French bread. I was just about to go buy some bread when I thought, “What the hell, I’ll just make my own.” I won’t be buying anymore French bread in the future. It was extremely easy to make, and it tastes superb. I followed this recipe. Mine didn’t look as pretty as his because I’m lacking a decent oven and also a baking stone, but I’m not complaining about the results.
I did end up making a piece of radish toast, but I didn’t photograph it. What I did photograph was Gary’s cucumber bruschetta (cucumber because we didn’t have any tomatoes on hand). It might seem odd to make bruschetta out of cucumber, but garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar are a fairly safe combination for just about anything.
And here’s me being harassed while I try to clean up the mess we made in the kitchen.
Have a good week.