Archive for July, 2010

Week eight: got leeks

Monday, July 26th, 2010


Leeks mean one thing, vichyssoise.

  1. Salad greens.
  2. Arugula.
  3. More carrots.
  4. More onions.
  5. My lagniappe: baby leeks.

Week seven: more of the same,

Monday, July 19th, 2010

This week’s haul is almost identical to last week’s except for grape leaves. I preserved these for later, canning-style.

  1. Salad greens.
  2. Braising greens.
  3. More carrots.
  4. More onions.
  5. My lagniappe: grape leaves.

Week six: pickles!

Monday, July 12th, 2010


Finally a significant portion of the share was not greens. These babies just begged to be pickled, asian-style, in the manner of David Chang.

I use a brine that is slightly adapted from the vinegar pickle recipe in the Momofuku cookbook, consisting of 1 cup hot tap water, 5 Tb sugar, 2 Tb salt, and 1/2 cup rice vinegar. Combine water, sugar, and salt, stir to dissolve, then add vinegar. Place sliced vegetables in clean jars and cover with brine. Refrigerate. Pickles are ready within a few days, and improve for a week after that.

  1. Salad greens.
  2. Braising greens
  3. More carrots.
  4. More onions.
  5. Beets!
  6. My lagniappe: arugula.

Week five: greens onions

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010


The usual suspects, with beautiful onions making a new appearance.

  1. Salad greens.
  2. Braising greens
  3. More english peas.
  4. Carrots.
  5. Onions.

Week four: ubiquitous greens, not all leafy

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The haul included the ubiquitous leafy greens, and then a little excitement.

  1. Salad greens.
  2. Braising greens (combination of beet, kale, turnip greens).
  3. English peas!
  4. A bunch of baby carrots.
  5. More turnips.
  6. My lagniappe: mint.

Not surprisingly, salad greens and carrots went straight into salads. Turnips were pickled “in the manner of David Chang.” More on that later.

Braising greens were, well, braised. I sautéed pancetta until rendered, added greens, cooked until wilted, Then, added a bit of chicken stock, covered, and finished in a 300 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Results were tender and not mushy, delicious.

I fought back the urge to devour the peas raw, and instead blanched them for about 3 minutes and served with a decadent amount of butter.

Mint? Mojitos.