We survived the first week of vegetables! Our winning and not-so-winning combinations can be seen here. It seemed like it was going to be really hard to eat all of the veggies, but once we got started it turned out to be pretty easy. We ate everything, but we couldn’t quite finish the bushel of roselle.
Now, on to Week Two! There was less variety and a few repeats, which I think will make meal planning a little less difficult. Here’s what was in the bag this week:
1. Three small to medium eggplants – I have never known what to do with eggplant. My Dad made eggplant lasagna a couple of times, but I don’t recall any of us being thrilled by it. Since the Butternut Squash Bread came out so well, I wondered if Eggplant Bread was a thing, and indeed it is: Eggplant Banana Bread.
2. Two bags of spinach – Yay! I loved this so much, I’m more than happy to have it again. I foresee it sauteed in butter again.
3. A smaller bushel of Roselle leaves – Last week I put it in a curry, and it was good, but a little strange. The flavor is really sour and interesting, but I haven’t developed a taste for it yet. I’m not really sure what to do with this.
4. A lemony, zesty green that looks like arugula – I know I’ve eaten salads that have arugula in them, but I must not have been paying much attention. I never noticed the taste before. (Either that, or this isn’t arugula.) Our farm share group has a list of recipes for arugula, and I think I like the pasta dish that uses the Roselle, too. I have Parmesan cheese leftover from last week’s pesto recipe, so that’ll probably get sprinkled on top.
5. Soybeans – Edamame! Steamed soy beans with salt. It doesn’t get any easier than that. (But now I’m wondering, how in the world do they make soy milk? And who thought to do it? The beans don’t seem milky to me.)
6. Two small packets of organic soil – From a Houston-based company called MicroLife, it’s packaging says it’s an all-organic biological fertilizer. Neat!