Extended Winter 2017 (March 14th)

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Parsnips, shallot, garlic, onion, spinach, arugula, mustard greens, miniature romain, broccolini, daikon radish, carrot, brussels sprouts, turnip, beets, purple cabbage.

Anyone else excited for beets?  I’ll be roasting those right away and putting them on a bed of arugula and sprinkling with chevre and balsamic vinegar. May as well roast the carrots, parsnips, turnips, and brussles on the same baking sheet. Here are some turnip ideas, many of which use other veggies from our box too. I have a hard time with mustard greens, but this simple recipe looks hopeful; vinegar in the mustard can cut the bitterness of the greens.

Extended Winter 2017 (Feb 14th)

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Fuji and Granny Smith Apples, Swiss chard, cabbage, arugula, spinach, salad mix, mustard greens, carrots, turnips, garlic, onion, baby potatoes, acorn squash.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. This Indian Root Vegetable Curry looks delicious and will use up turnip, carrot and swiss chard. And this Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies looks great and will use cabbage, potatoes, and you could use acorn squash too.

 

 

Turnips, Kohlrabi, and Peas

Ragout of Turnips, Kohlrabi, and Peas

Here is a great way to use at least three ingredients from the shares this week.  It is a little hot for soupy things, but this would be good not-piping-hot as well.

1 Tbsp Butter
6 green onions, halved (or diced scapes, if yours are still good)
4-6 smallish turnips, scrubbed and quartered
2 or 3 small kohlrabi, peeled and quartered
1 tsp thyme
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound pea pods, shelled (about half of our snap peas are big enough to shell, or simply dice the more tender snap pea shells into pea sized pieces)
a few handfuls shredded chard (or baby spinach)
dollop Mexican crema (or creme fraiche or sour cream)
4 large basil leaves, slivered

1. Melt the butter in a skillet and add the onions, turnips, kohlrabi, and thyme. Add water to cover halfway and a teaspoon of salt. Simmer while you shuck the peas.

2. When the vegetables are tender (12-15 minutes), add the peas and chard and cook until the spinach has wilted down, a few minutes more. (Add the peas at the 10 minute mark if you’re using the pods, too — they take a little longer to cook). Stir in the crema and add the basil. Taste for salt and season with pepper. Serve as a side or main dish, with some crusty bread or even over robust pasta.

Adapted to this week’s share from Local Flavors, by Deborah Madison.  I recommend the book as it focuses on using ingredients from farmer’s markets when they’re in season.  If they’re ripe at the same time, they’re probably in the same recipes.

Using Greens and Roots

First, a few pics and updates to help out.  The share included a kale that wasn’t mentioned in the list — Siberian Kale.  Great firm leaves that store well and taste great.

On roots and peppers…

Image from Kitazawa Seed Co.

One of our radishes was called a Chinese Red radish, but it isn’t red on the outside.  It is also called a Watermelon, Red Meat, or Beauty Heart radish.  Great in a salad, as a quick pickle, or treated like a turnip (roasted, sauteed, mashed, or stirfried).  The peel can be eaten, and apparently the white outer flesh is spicier than the pink inner.

We also have a largish, black skinned radish.  It isn’t dirty — just black. These are supposed to have a stronger, peppery flavor.  Generally peeled before eating, the size and firmness holds up well to cooking.

(BTW, here is a great reference on radishes)

With the peppers, none of them are very hot.  The mirasol (reddish) and mariachi (yellowish) are both fruity, slightly spicy peppers for raw or cooked eating.  You’ll recognize the poblano from chile relleno, and they’re good stuffed or turned into a mole sauce.

On turnips and greens…
Trying to figure out what to do with those turnips and greens?  You can eat them by themselves, or you can eat them together.  Root vegetables make great accompaniments to their own greens, but they go well with others as well.

For these young turnips, you can eat them sliced with some nice cheese and apples.  Snacky dinner.

Or try this:

Roasted roots and greens
2 double-handfuls of cubed turnips, radishes, banana squash (3-4 cups?)
olive oil to coat
1-2 T diced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
spice according to taste (coriander, curry powder, garlic, or chili)
2 double-handfuls of chopped greens (kale, broccoli raab, turnip greens)

Toss the roots and garlic with olive oil and spices.  Roast in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes, or until nearly done (depends on how small your cubes are).  Mix in the chopped greens, add a little more oil if it is dry, and return to the oven until the greens are tender (5-10 minutes).  Serve, maybe with a splash of vinegar.
(This can be made a single dish meal if a can of rinsed garbanzos is added at the start.)