Our first box from Mariquita Farms for the 2012 CSA season arrived on Thursday, and I was giddy. Andy, the farmer who grows the vegetables, was on hand to make sure the first day of deliveries went well. From my end, everything looked great and it was nice to see the steady stream of folks stop by the house and pick up their boxes!
Last night, we invited friends over to celebrate the end of a great season of basketball, and I sort of cooked a little too much food. Not a big deal, since the pan-roasted chicken with honey-thyme-cider vinegar drizzle was great. It does mean that I have quite a few leftovers for the week, which is also nice. Best part? Leftover Chocolate Bread Pudding for breakfast. Yum.
In our box this week, we found Little Gem Lettuce, Yellow Chantenay Carrots, Red Bearded Scallions, Arugula, Red Chard, Broccoli, Orange Chantenay Carrots, Radishes and Fennel. The fennel I cooked last night, using a recipe from Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi, a London chef with clever ways with vegetarian cuisine. The recipe was great, easy and well received. Might have to purchase the book (I currently have it checked-out from the library, but that means I have to be extra careful in the kitchen!).
Here is my menu plan for the week of March 19:
Monday: Lefotver pan-roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed chard, salad with little gems and arugula
(Meatless) Tuesday: Roasted broccoli and carrots, tossed with pasta, green garlic and goat cheese (I am making this up, we will have to see how it goes)
Thursday: Roasted salmon, brown rice and sauteed chard (from the garden)
Friday: Takeout and Trashy TV
What is on your menu plan this week?
–> Unrelated to food – have any of you ever participated in the National Day of Unplugging? I am thinking about having my family take part this weekend.