I hate to think about it but just a few more weeks and no more CSA boxes. That’s it for the year. However, these last few weeks the boxes have held more surprises and items that I’ve never tried before.
Week 18 included, celeriac. green top turnips, bunched radishes, bunched oregano, bunched red chard, pie pumpkin, broccoli, red onion, romaine lettuce, cauliflower and bell peppers.
Celeriac- not the best looking vegetable in the world and one I’ve never bought or tried before. It’s been a busy week and it’s still waiting to be sampled.
Green Top Turnips-I know lots of people add turnips to stews and that’s what I’m going to do with these.
Bunched Radishes-I hadn’t seen these in the CSA box since spring and have to say I think these were much better. The flyer suggested and yes, this is sometimes my favorite way of eating them too, is to slice them thin and make a sandwich with them. All they need is a light sprinkling of salt.
Bunched oregano-once again I used my dehydrator to dry them and now I have it on hand for pasta dishes and sauces.
Bunched red chard-I think this has to make it into my top five new to me things. I’ve discovered through CSA. I made the enchilidas again and have them in the freezer.
Pie pumpkin-a confession here. I’ve never used fresh pumpkin in a recipe. I was tempted to try and make a pie with this goodie but I’m going to bake it and use the puree in chocolate and pumpkin brownies.
Broccoli-They say this is the best time of the year to eat it because the colder weather brings out its sweetness and yes, they’re right. I never thought about it before but definitely buy broccoli now and freeze some for winter eating. I steam mine and it’s delicious.
Red onion-great oven roasted. They are the sweetest of the bunch.
Romaine lettuce-Always my favorite type and this had leaves so thick they provided lots of crunch to the mock chicken salad sandwich.
Cauliflower-us Brits have always liked to make our famous cauliflower cheese but I’m thinking how about adding it to mac and cheese for something a little different.
Bell peppers-chopped and frozen ready for the winter.
Yesterday while I was grocery shopping I saw that the produce department had what they called ‘stew packs’. A few parsnips and turnips, one piece of celery and two carrots and the price was almost $4. I can’t imagine these individual items adding up to that much, and it wasn’t as if they were pre-prepared either. So that got me thinking if you want to save some time and make your own stew packs, now’s a great time to do it because all these items are on sale. And if you receive a CSA box, most of the items are perfect for making your own ready-made meal packs.